Practical ideas and activities
Go with your children to the park or in the playground. Look around and choose an object that you can see. Then say, I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘T’. Your child has to try and guess it by looking around for things that begin with a (T) sound. When they get it right, it is their turn.
In a big room or in the playground pin-up large print-outs of letter sounds (consonants and vowels). Say a word and ask the children to go and touch the first – the last – the vowel they hear by running. You can change the instructions – running, jumping, hopping.
Bottle top blending and segmenting
Collect plastic bottle tops. Write the letter sounds on the caps. This activity can be guided in two ways:
– Ask children to identify the given letter sounds and to blend the word
– Say a word and ask them to sound it out, identifying the correct letter sounds from their bottle tops.