I’m excited to share another set of low-prep games! This time we’re reviewing the sounds of beginning blends.
Have you seen my colorful follow the path board games that require only a die and playing pieces?
Today we’re working on those tricky beginning blends!
How to play:
1. Print a game board. Gather two playing pieces and a die.
2. Take turns rolling the die. Check the key at the top of the board to know where to move. In the above example, if you roll a 2, you’d move to the next picture that starts with “fl.”
3. Whoever reaches the final picture first, wins!
The first two games in the download are a great place to start if blends are new for your child. Because each blend starts with a different letter, these games will actually be more of a test of beginning sound knowledge. But by talking about those blends as you play, your child will start to hear those sneaky second letters.
“You rolled a 6. We need to move to a picture that starts with t-r. What sound does t-r say?”
Normally when I’m teaching beginning sounds I’m careful to speak them correctly. For example, the letter m says “mmmmm,” not “muh.” But for blends I find it helpful to add that last vowel sound when enunciating the blend. We say that tr makes the sound “truh.” It seems to help my son hear those blends better.
After the first two games in the download, they get tougher. In the above game, your child needs to hear words that start with cl, cr, and plain old c. This will really make your child listen hard for those beginning sounds!
Here’s another game that had him thinking… since we had plain old p and g mixed in with pl, pr, gl, and gr.
The last game in the download is the toughest of all because all the pictures start with an s-blend.
Did I mention that my son wasn’t excited to play these games at first? Actually he gave me quite a bit of resistance. Before you wonder why I force my Four (almost five) to play beginning reading games, it might be helpful to know that this kind of behavior is not unusual for him when it comes to doing something he’s asked to do. I get the same reaction when I tell him to clear the table!
So I insisted, since I knew he could do these and would probably like them.
Sure enough, he was happy by the end of the first game and wanted to play all six.
Which we did.
We hope you enjoy them too!