How to Play
In order to play, one of the two children has to know all the sounds of the letters in the letter group (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). The children lay out the mat with the short side at the top of the table. They say the sound of each letter as they place each in one of the squares along the top row of the mat.
One child rolls the die and says the sound. (In my class the child who brought the work from the shelf to the table always gets to go first.) Then that sound moves down the mat one square.
Now the second child rolls, says the sound and moves the letter one space.
Continue playing taking turns. This game lends itself to a lot of analysis and discussion. “First ‘guh’ was winning but now ‘errr’ is ahead. I think ‘err’ will win!”
Continue playing until one sound “wins!
This game is very popular and children play with a variety of partners. Just keep an ear open to ensure that the children are practicing the sounds of the letters and not the name of them!