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Identify letters in a peer play setting to discover the difference between consonants and vowels. Cheat to win the game!

Let's play!

  1. Player 1 : Stick a brick upside down into the dough declaring it is a “consonant” or “vowel”.

  2. Player 2 : If you believe player 1 is telling the truth, place one of your bricks into the dough and declare “consonant” or “vowel”.

  3. Player 2 : If you don’t believe player 1, say “cheat” and remove the brick for examination together

  4. Both players :  If either player is caught cheating or wrongly accuses the other of cheating, that player must take all the bricks that had been played.

  5. Both players : The first to play all of their bricks, is the winner.

How to prepare

  • 16 bricks: mix of vowels and consonants and 2 other signs (capital letter and number sign)

  • Play-dough or other modeling clay

  • 2 bowls

Randomly and equally distribute the 16 bricks and place them in the bowls.

Spread out a large flat piece of playdough to maintain the bricks upside down during the activity.

Facilitation tips

  • The bricks are pressed into modeling clay to keep them in the same position during the activity.

  • Encourage taking turns which can be difficult for young children.

  • Ask “What is your strategy for winning?”.

Possible variations

  • Increase the number of players by distributing more bricks.

  • Change the number and/or types of bricks.

  • Change the number of unusual bricks (punctuation signs).

Download & print

  • Download in .docx

Children will develop these holistic skills

cognitive skills

  • Discover the function of the written word: Use the vocabulary to name the units of language: word, letter, syllable, sound, sentence, text, line, capital letter

social skills

  • Read aloud

emotional skills

  • Understand rules

physical skills

  • Develop tactile tracking skills: Locate, read an identified number of word or letter on a line (i.e. 4th word on line 2)

Did you know?

  • Adults have important roles to help young children learning games, including teaching rules and taking turns.

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