Need an engaging activity for your students to practice phoneme manipulation? Give this game a try! It is both low prep and high interest for any primary learner needing to practice beginning, middle, and ending sound substitution. ALL sound substitution task cards use REAL, full-color pictures, too!
• 2 Star Sound Switcheroo game mats
• 10 beginning sound substitution task cards
• 10 middle vowel sound substitution task cards (+ an additional 10 vowel substitution cards with “short” or “long” printed instead of the short and long vowel symbols)
• 10 ending sound substitution task cards
[Sound changes include: can to fan, pig to wig, net to jet, pot to cot, sub to cub, cake to rake, sheep to jeep, cone to bone, cube to tube, kite to bite, bag to bug, cup to cop, leaf to loaf, road to rod, suit to seat, soup to soap, pipe to pup, top to tape, sock to sick, chick to chalk, cat to cab, bed to bell, mop to mom, bus to bun, map to match, dice to dime, coat to comb, bomb to box, snake to snail, & clown to cloud]
Print all pages on white cardstock. Laminate the game mats (or place in plastic sheet protectors). Laminate the sound substitution task cards, then cut out (NOTE: don’t forget to choose your vowel sound representation preference – 2 versions are included). You will need 30 maniupulatives to use to cover pictures on the game mats, such as decorative gemstones, cubes, counters, or mini-erasers.
This game is intended for 2 players/teams. Each player/team uses one game mat. Mix up and place the sound substitution cards face-down in a stack between both players/teams. Taking turns, students select the top card from the stack and name the picture (i.e., “pig”). The player then follows the sound substitution task printed at the bottom of the card (i.e., change “P” to “w”). The player then says the resulting word (“wig”). Look for the picture of the new word on either player’s/team’s game mat. When found, a game piece is placed on that picture. Play continues until one player/team covers all of their pictures on the game mat first. Play again!
This game offers students an opportunity to practice substituting sounds during centers, interventions, small groups, or tutoring. Even parents can play at home with their children for additional practice! My students enjoy this game and really can’t even tell they’re learning along the way. Enjoy it with your kiddos! :)