Learning to read is a long way off yet for my 3-year-old preschooler. But introducing beginning letter sounds through activities is a fun first step into literacy!
My three year old is officially a preschooler this year and he’s beginning to learn letter sounds.
This is new for him since phonics isn’t something I think about much at home.
It doesn’t seem as concrete of a subject as learning the letters themselves.
But probably teaching beginning letter sounds are arguably more important.
This is a learning beginning letter sounds activity I came up with at home that is very simple and it really has to do with the questions asked.
Find the beginning letter sound – simple activity
What You’ll Need to Make Your Own Beginning Sound Literacy Activity:
- Cardstock or construction paper in different colors.
How to Make a Beginning Letter Sound Activity for Preschoolers
I began by cutting the cardstock paper into small squares, about six of each color.
On each color, I wrote a letter.
I wrote the same letter on all of the squares of the same color.
I used the different colors as a helpful hint of the letter.
Bext, I chose three letters to work on beginning letter sounds.
I chose two letter sounds that he was familiar with and one that was new to teach him.
How to Find the Beginning Letter Sounds Activity:
Before beginning the activity, I laid out one of each of the letter cards I made and talked about the sounds they make with my preschooler.
Then I spread out the squares or cards of letters in a pile on the floor.
I would ask him questions: “What sounds does the word B-B-Boat start with? B-B-Boat.”
My preschooler would search through the pile and find the winning letter sound.
Of course, he didn’t always get it right.
In that case, I repeated the word, emphasizing the beginning letter sound.
I’d also say things like: “That’s the T. T-T-Tee. Truck starts with T! What does B-B-Boat start with? B-B-B.”
We played this game over and over again practicing with different words.
And then again with a different set of three letter cards.
Again, choosing two that I thought he was somewhat familiar with (its all pretty new to him at this point, so being somewhat familiar is kind of a stretch) and one that was a bit harder for him.
Try this Advanced Go Fish Game to Learn Letter Sounds
My preschooler isn’t quite ready for this beginning letter sounds activity yet.
But, this would be super fun for an advanced preschooler or kindergartener that knows his letter sounds a little bit better.
Make it a game of Beginning Sounds Go Fish!
Put the letter cards on the floor upside down.
Each of you choose 3 cards.
And ask each other to make a match.
Do you have an “m”?
Or… Do you have the letter that B-B-Boat starts with
No. Go Fish!
How to Teach Beginning Sounds to Preschoolers and Prekinders:
Here are a few of our own games and activities perfect for teaching literacy and phonics at introduction level to your kids at home!
- Go on a race to learn phonics with this Gross Motor Letter Hunt Activity.
- Or practice beginning letter sounds with this literacy hunt to wash toys activity.
- Try an alphabet ball educational game, that’s all about movement!
- Get creative with this Photo Montage Craft for Kids to Learn Beginning.
- This Fun Learning Letter Sounds Activity with a Mirror is a great starting point for kids not ready yet to match sounds with words.
- For even more ideas to teach preschoolers beginning sounds check out 12 Phonics Activities for Kids Learning to Read
What is your favorite idea for practicing letter sounds with your children?
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