Learning beginning blends in Orton-Gillingham can be a lot of fun if you connect the learning to the real world.  On today’s post I am going to share an Orton-Gillingham game with you that will make your kids grasp those beginning blends very quickly.  If your child loves scavenger hunts  then this is the perfect Orton-Gillingham game for you!

Getting Started

Materials Needed:

  • Black Marker
  • Basket
  • Index Cards
  • Timer

How to Make It

Write one consonant blend per index card.  Some suggestions that I use for beginning blends are: bl, cl, fl, pl, sl, sc, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, tr, gr, dr, cr, br.  

How to Play It

Step 1:

First, give your child one of the index cards that you made.  Help your child sound out the blend. Together with your child, come up with some suggestions of words that the blend makes.  Here are some suggestions if you get stumped:

Br: brown, broccoli, brush, bread, broom, bridge, brother, bracelet, branch, brass, bran

Cr: cream, crumb, crate, crib, crab, crystal, crunch, craft, crocodile, crack, crown, crane

Dr: drum, drink, dragon, dress, drive, dry, draw, drill, droop, drown, drip, drowsy, dream

Gr: grapes, grass, grub, bravy, grocery, grab, ground, group, granite, green, great, grade

Tr: triangle, trap, treasure, tree, truck, train, tray, trolley, trot, trout, trailer, trampoline

Sw: sweet, swim, swan, sway, swift, swing, sweep, swan, swallow, swarm, swamp

St: star, stamp, storm, sting, steak, stair, sticker, story, stake, student, stop, stack, store

Sp: speak, spark, sponge, sport, spoon, spun, spinach, spine, spend, speech, special

Sn: snip, snail, sneeze, snug, snack, snorkel, snowflake, sniff, snap, snow, snake

Sm: smug, smart, smudge, smoke, small, smear, smooth, smell, smile, smash, smirk

Sc: scarf, score, scary, scarecrow, sculpture, scarlet, scab, scale, scoop, scamper

Sl: sleep, slippers, slim, sloth, sleigh, slender, sleek, slippery, slow, slug, slime, slice

Pl: planet, plane, plant, plum, plug, plate, plural, pluck, play, plain, place, pleasant

Fl: flame, flap, flash, fly, flood, flower, floss, flag, flip, flop, flute, flu, flour, float, flake

Cl: clay, clue, clean, clever, click, clarinet, class, clump, close, cluck, climb, clock, cloud

Bl: blanket, blouse, black, blob, blazer, blueberries, blossom, blender, blocks, blonde

Step 2:

Next, give your child the basket.  Tell your child that he has 5 minutes to find as many objects as possible with the blend that you just gave him.  He can put the objects in the basket, like in this picture below.

Step 3:

Finally, when the 5 minutes are up, you and your child can go through the objects in the basket.  Play another round if you like, or you can play one round a day. To make the game more challenging, give your child a few blends to use on the scavenger hunt.  You can also make this Orton-Gillingham game work for any other skills you might currently be working on.

Other Activities

If you enjoyed reading my post today, you might also enjoy reading Letter Sound Jump: An Orton-Gillingham Game 

If you are looking for an easy to use, affordable and highly scripted out Orton-Gillingham curriculum, please check out  The PRIDE Reading Program.  


Thank you so much for reading my post today! Let me know in the comments below how the game turned out for you!


Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com

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