Rhyme Rummy is a game for 2-5 players and is played in a similar way to number rummy but is less complicated. The aim of the game is to but down rhyming words and scoring is by words put down. Each of the 24 games (8 at each level) comprises 30 words which have a sound in common (e.g. set 1a all end in –t), so children have to listen hard to the other sounds to identify rhymes. Sets can be mixed and combined in many different ways depending on the needs of the children. For example, sets can be mixed so that sounds have more or less contrast. If it is difficult for a child to hear the differences in the sounds, sets may be mixed so that there are no similarities. For example, instead of using all set 1a words, the “-at” words can be used from 1a, the -“ip” words from 1b, the “-on” words from 1d, the -“eg” words from 1e and the “-uck” words from 1f.
If a child has particular difficulties with one pair of sounds, e.g. “m” and “n”, it can be helpful to just take words ending in these letters.
Set 1: Three-, four- and five- letter phonic words (CVC, CVCC, CCVC, CCVCC) and ch-.
Set 2: Double vowels,-sh, -ch and split digraph (“magic e”) words
Set 3: Vowel digraphs and two-syllable words