Understanding the sounds of English is a step towards reading, and so we try to play with sounds a lot, especially with rhymes. The object of the game is to hop the figure from one end of the LEGO board to the other, landing only on rhyming words.
Using masking tape, I wrote out short words, and stuck them onto two stacked LEGO bricks of the same color. I made sure to include a couple sets of 7-8 rhyming words so there would be enough words to get the figure from one end of the board to the other.
We started our figure on the word “ran”. We talked through that word, and then hopped the figure to the next rhyme: “man”. He need to sound that out too, but by the time the students did a few more “hops”, they were shouting out the words, because they were confident with the rhyming ending, and know the sound the first letter makes.