Player 1 : Stick a brick upside down into the dough declaring it is a “consonant” or “vowel”.
Player 2 : If you believe player 1 is telling the truth, place one of your bricks into the dough and declare “consonant” or “vowel”.
Player 2 : If you don’t believe player 1, say “cheat” and remove the brick for examination together
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.
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
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.
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?”.
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).
Children will develop these holistic 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
- Read aloud
- Understand rules
- 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.
Braille activity groups
Learn braille letters, numbers, mathematic symbols and punctuation signs and know how to read and write them.
Assemble characters brick by brick and play with words in order to develop the ability to read and write.
Assemble characters, play with numbers and develop the ability to do basic mathematics and geometry.