This exciting letter identification game is great for preschool and kindergarten. Before learning to read, kids must first understand that each letter has an individual sound. This can be a very challenging skill because some letter sounds such as /b/ and /d/ are very similar. Mastery really requires lots of practice. There’s no better way to practice than with an exciting interactive activity. This Letter Sound Listening Game is just the ticket. Mom Inspired Life is another awesome place to find a great selection of letter sound games.
When playing games, my students always loved when they got to hold something. The responsibility of being in charge of a particular component really kept them engaged. This game allows them to control two letters at a time and can be played with one or more kids. No matter the size of the group, the fun is the same.
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Letter Sound Listening & Matching Game
Fold your paper into quarters and cut out a circle. This will give you four circles total.
In the center of each circle write 1 letter than you would like to work on with your child. I chose the letters s,c,m and t. Don’t be afraid to contact your child’s teacher to see what letters they are currently working on in school.
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Tape a craft stick to the back of each circle to form a complete letter stick.
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For the game your child will only use 2 letter sticks at a time. Once your child is holding two letter sticks, you will start saying words aloud that start with one of those two letters. Each time you say a word, your child will hold up the stick with the corresponding letter. For example, if you say “sun” your child will hold up the letter s.
When saying words, do NOT alternate every other word. If you do, your child will be able to anticipate the correct letter and will not really be thinking about his/her answer. Instead, be completely random. For example, sun, man, mighty, sad, salty, sandbox, moo etc. Being random, will keep your child on their toes and ensure that they are truly making a connection between the letter and the sound.
Once your child has mastered this skill, you can use the same game to have them identify ending sounds, which is a harder skill. Or, they can identify medial sounds (sounds in the middle of the word), which is the hardest of all.
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