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Making Letter Soup

Place magnetic letters in a pot. Let child scoop them out one at a time as you name the letter together.

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Extending this activity

  • -Using a picture of a common item that begins with the letter is helpful for the child in connecting a letter to a beginning sound. Collect pictures from magazines, colorful newspaper advertisements, or from the Internet of words that begins with each letter. Begin a letter book together by gluing the picture on a piece of paper with the letter name written at the top.

    -Read the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault for more opportunities to name letters with your child.

Adjust for an older child

In addition to naming the letter, the older child can make the sound the letter makes. Encourage the child to name a word that begins with the letter as he or she uses a spoon to pull a specific letter from the soup.

Adjust for a younger child

Young children may begin by making the soup and simply recognizing the concept of a letter. They often begin letter recognition with the first letter of their first name. Fix the child a bowl of “Mary” soup (using his or her name) by spooning the M from the soup and putting it in a bowl.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Naming Letters

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