Place inside an envelope with one end cut off. Gradually pull to reveal one letter at a time. This is a great way to help kids blend sounds gradually rather than feeling overwhelmed and giving up or guessing the word.
Real or nonsense words or trash or treasure! You simply write letters on plastic cups (I, of course, used Red Solo Cups). I can easily switch any of the sounds out and my student can blend the new word. It works on real words and nonsense words