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Extending this activity

  • -Take a walk around the kitchen and living room in your house. Take turns naming objects and saying the object names by segmenting the sounds in the word. Examples: “I see a /f/ /a/ /n/ fan.” “Look at the /l/ /i/ /t/ light.”

    -Read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle, which is available in English and Spanish. Say each animal name slowly, clearly enunciating all the sounds.

Adjust for an older child

Allow the child to take the mystery bag and provide clues for words. The adult can guess the word using the clues.

Adjust for a younger child

Pull the object from the bag and say the sounds in the word slowly. Allow the child to guess the word by looking at the object and hearing the three sounds in the word. For the very young child: allow them to repeat the sounds after you, and model saying the entire word put together after producing all three phonemes.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Phonological Awareness

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