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Pushing for Sounds

Draw squares on a napkin. Say a simple word, and ask your child to push a penny into a square as he says each of the sounds in the word.

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Extending this activity

  • -Books like Dr. Seuss's "The Cat in the Hat" are filled with simple words with three or four sounds. Invite the child to push the sounds in some of these words.

    -When playing with sidewalk chalk outside, draw sound boxes and use rocks to push the sounds.

Adjust for an older child

The older child may be ready to associate letters with the sounds. After he pushes the sound, have him write a letter in the box.

Adjust for a younger child

Say words slowly with the child watching, separating sounds and then blending them together. Encourage the child to mimic what you are doing.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Isolating and Manipulating Sounds

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