- Print the game, laminate the pages and cut them out.
- For storage use seal top bags to avoid the 'temptations'
of rubber bands in the classroom :-)
three or four players sit so they are facing each other.
2. Select a leader to distribute the cards and give five cards
to each member of the group, including themselves.
3. Place all the remaining cards in a pile face down in the
centre. Next flip one card off the top of this pile and place
it face up next to the stack.
4. The dealer reads the card by pronouncing the short vowel
sound of the red letter and then the word e.g. If the card
is 'fin' the dealer says, 'i like in fin'. If the card is 'hot'
the dealer says, 'o like in hot'.
5. The children then look at their cards and take their turn
moving to the left around the circle. If they have cards with
the same medial sound as the one turned over by the dealer they
can place one on top of the pile by saying 'i like in thin'
or 'i like in tin'.
6. If they do not have a match in their hand they pick up a
card from the facedown pile. If the card they pick up is a match
they can put it straight down, if not, they place it in their
hand and the next player has a turn.
7. If the player does not have a match but has a CHANGE card
in their hand they can change the sound being matched i.e. if
say they had the cards 'clap', 'hat' and 'had' they would place
down their CHANGE card and say "I'd like to change it to
'a like in had'". All the following players must match
8. The person who is the first to have no cards left is the
The power of this game as a learning tool comes from having
the children say 'o like in hot' when playing. Please ensure
they keep doing it throughout the learning sessions.