It’s pretty darn hard to read without the ability to associate letter sounds with the appropriate letter (grapheme). This game is a twist on the classic Memory game and can be played with two or more players.
The game cards include letters and also Key Word pictures. Each of these pictures ties to one of the letters provided, starting with the letters’ first sound. For example, the Key Word picture for letter L is a leaf. Key words serve as a visual cue for the sounds letters make. Adults should take care to listen and model, while ensuring players are saying the proper letter sounds.
When you’re done playing, don’t forget to save the cards for next time!
Prepare the game space!
Basic Level: Shuffle each set of cards and place them face down in two separate groups on the table/floor.
Advanced Level: Shuffle the cards together and place them face down in one group.
Player 1 flips two cards, if the Grapheme Card matches the Key Word Card, the player says the letter name, letter sound, and Key Word (e.g. “g, /g/, gum”) and keeps the pair. If the two cards don’t match put them back in their corresponding spots, it’s Player 2’s turn!
The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins!
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