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Grocery Sack Syllables

As you unpack groceries, ask your child to help you clap & count the syllables in each item’s name. Sort by number of syllables.

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Extending this activity

  • -Gather eight to ten household items (examples: spoon, necktie, sock, washcloth, cup, banana, book, marker, magazine). Say the names of the items together. Give hints as to which item you are thinking about and include the hint, "This is a two clap word." Allow the child to guess which item you are thinking about.

    -Read "In a People House" by Theo LeSieg, and make a list identifying which items are one clap words, two clap words, and three clap words.

Adjust for an older child

Clap the names of family members. Determine whose name requires one clap, two claps, three claps, etc.

Adjust for a younger child

Say the names of the grocery items slowly by syllable. Encourage the child to repeat the word, stressing the same syllables you do.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Segmenting Sentences and Words

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