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Block Challenge 3
What Changed: First or Last

  • One-inch cubes are perfect.
  • Use four or five different colors.
  • You’ll need three or four blocks of each color.
  • Play these at a table, or on the floor.

Learn to pronounce the sounds correctly.


Can your child play some ’Match First Sounds’ games, some of the ’Basic Training for Blocks’ challenges, and ’What’s New? First or Last?’ Then let’s play:

What Changed? First or Last?

1. Ask your child to show you, with blocks, a two-sound syllable. For example:

  • You say ‘she’ -- and the child lines up two different colored blocks, one for ’sh’ and a second one for ’ee.’

2. Then change one of the sounds. For example:
  • You could say "If this [block arrangement ] is ‘she’, show me ‘shy.’" (You changed the second sound: sh-e --> sh-y.)
  • Or instead, you could say "If this is ‘she’, show me ‘fee’" (You changed the first sound: sh-e --> f-ee.)

3. The child changes one of the colored blocks -- the first or the second one-- to show which sound has changed.

HINT: S-t-r-e-t-ch the sounds at first to help your child learn the game:

"Sh-h-h-h-e-e-e-e-e --> Sh-h-h-h-y-y-y-y-y."

You can make up your own changes.

You can use these six 'easy' two-sound lists.
  • List 1 is the very easiest.
  • They advance slowly through lists 5 and 6.