Our game today was a cross between an early years phonetics lesson (I say that, without really knowing anything about what an early years phonetics lesson would be like…) and the old card game ‘pairs’. Preparation involved cutting a few envelopes into strips and writing a letter onto each one. I decided to use the letters from Gerry’s name, and needed two Gs, two Es, etc – so that made ten cards in total.
The cards were laid face down on the table. Gerry picked a card and turned it over. We named it – that’s a ‘g’ – and then turned the other cards over one and a time to find the other ‘g’. (I had to ensure that he turned them back over again if they were the wrong ones…). Once he’d found one matching pair, they were removed from the table and we started the whole thing again.
This was an exercise in naming the letters and in recognising them as symbols. It took a few goes to get the hang of it, but once we had it Gerry was hooked – and we carried on playing it throughout the afternoon. So there we have it – Phonics Pairs – a game that was cheap and easy to prepare, was educational and was fun. What more could you ask for?!