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Learning letter sounds is essential to learning to read, and the most natural place to start is with beginning sounds. Worksheets are fine for busy work, but to make new knowledge really stick, you need to make it fun.

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Siblings love smashing each letter sound in this play to learn phonics game.

Letter Sounds Stomp

How to Play: Letter Sounds STOMP

What you'll need:

Prepare to play "Letter Sounds Stomp" in 5 minutes or less:

  1. Write the first letter of each item on the index cards. Make sure you pick items that have first letters that match the most common sound of that letter. Things like “phone” or “ice cream” will confuse them!
  2. Make sizable balls with the Play doh, one for each index card and place them beside the index card.
  3. Put all the small items in the bag.

Invite your child to play:

I'm sure the set-up laid out before your child is sure to inspire and delight them. To invite them to play share your Bag of Letter Sounds. As you pull items out, one at a time, invite your child to search for the sound they hear at the beginning of the word, then find the matching letter on the ground. Once they find the letter that makes the correct letter sound they can jump, hop, or STOMP the Play-doh ball next to it!

Here is an example from our letter sounds play.

Me: What's this? A hammer. What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word hammer?

Big Sis: /h/ /h/ Hammer.

Me: What letter makes the /h/ sound?

Big Sis: The H!

Me: Alright, let's stomp the H!

If your child doesn't know a letter sound, remind them. No big deal. We love to sing this song we heard from a Leap Frog toy, "The B says /b/. The B says /b/. Every letter makes a sound. The B says /b/." If they don't know any letters, start with 2-3 objects. You can always simplify a game so they can still get important practice in with beginning sounds without knowing many letters!

For more fabulous hands on letter learning you'll definitely love The Hidden Object Game

and for a clever letter writing activity, check out Toy Rescue by familyedventures.com

When should my child know all their letter sounds?

I don't rush in to teach letters and sounds to kids before they're 4 years old, and even then, I go SLOWLY. Some show interest much earlier, and I've even heard of 2 year olds naming all their letters and sounds, but that's NOT the goal.

My goal as a teacher is to create a learning environment where kids LOVE learning from a young age. I seek to provide learning though play and hands on learning activities that make kids active agents in their education. Like I said, you wouldn't get an beginning sound worksheets here!

At 4 years old I would introduce letters, first ones in your child's name. Pick out 5 new letters to learn at one time, because visual overwhelm staring at 26 new abstract symbols on a page is NOT going to help your child learn.

In the Montessori philosophy, letter sounds are taught before letter names! I teach the letter names first, but I have always admired the Montessori way as it makes sense for learning to read, especially when some letters have names that don't correspond to their sound: C, H, W, Y.

As you work on your target letters, you can also teach the corresponding letter sounds. I find this is easier than waiting till your child knows ALL the letter names. At the end of Pre-K, kids should be able to write their names and name some letters and sounds.

If they're going into Transitional Kindergarten, that is more than enough. From my personal experience, going into Kindergarten, kids should know at least 10 letters and sounds to be on par with curriculum.

Mastery of all the letters and letters sounds should happen by the end of kindergarten! Did you think it was earlier? Later? Though we see many posts about people who have 3 year olds reading, that doesn't necessarily mean those kids will end up more advanced or better off?

It's also hard not to compare our own kids to those shiny moments on social media. But let this guide you, if you're making learning FUN and it's a time where you're really present to connect with your child, you're on the way to helping creating a LIFELONG learner.

The kids who do better in school are not the ones who could read by 3; they're the ones who LOVE learning.

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Letter sounds come right after learning letter names in reading. While some kids are naturally inclined to learn letters from a young age, others take longer and that's okay.

My mission is to making learning how to read (and that definitely includes learning letter sounds) fun and hands on. So if you're looking for a letter sounds worksheet or some alphabet flashcards, this isn't the place.

Instead I'm going to show you my most favorite, hands-on learning games to teach your child letter sounds so that they're just as excited about the alphabet as I am (that's super excited...ahem...kindergarten teacher).

10 Hands-on Games to Teach Letters and Letter Sounds:

The Letter Sounds Swat:

All you need are some Post-its, a fly swatter (or a hand), and you're ready to go. Call out letter names or letter sounds and have your little one jump and swat the letters. You can use numbers too!

Child swatting letters on a wall

Find the letter by its sound

Letter Sounds Toy Rescue!

Hide toys around the house or even just on a door with blue tape. Invite your child to play by telling them that the Toy Thief has stolen their precious toys and they, and they alone must rescue them.

At the rescue station, toys must be matched with their beginning sound, reinforcing the letter sounds while also working on phonemic awareness!

Toys taped to a white door

Match the letters to their sounds

Rescue the Letters:

Got salad tongs? Blue tape? Any container? Combine with letters for this fun challenge!

It's simple, really...call out the letter sound and have your child pluck the corresponding letter from the container below, maneuvering through the blue tape.

It's a wonderful chance to practice fine motor skills as well!

Letter Sounds Stomp!

Active kids don't like to sit to learn. Try Letter Sounds Stomp to get your child smashing their way to all their letters and sounds.

Two children jumping on letters

Letter Sounds Stomp

Hidden Object with Letter Sounds:

Got some tricky letters that continue to confuse your child? Pick out those 5 or so letters and place them on Post-its for this surprising little game that kids love!

Bowls with letters on them, child's hand on the bowl

Practice letter sounds and reveal a surprise

Pom Pom Toss for Letter Sound Recognition:

Much like my very viral Pinterest post for teaching Sight Words, you can place letters on Post-its, lining them up with a muffin pan.

Throw the poms poms at the muffin pan and yell the letter name and sound! Kids and adults love this hands-on learning game that happens to also improve your aim.

Loving letter sounds yet?

Letter Sounds Post-it Hunt:

Pick out those target letters your child is working on and write them separately on a piece of construction paper. Hide 4 Post-it notes of the same letter around your home and have your child seek out those Post-its.

As your child matches the Post-it letter to the matching construction paper letter, they say the matching letter sounds!

Bear's Bag:

Surprise, your favorite stuffed animal is going on a trip, but you need to pack some intriguing objects for it!

Place different letters in a bag. Take turns pulling out different letters and searching around the house that you can pack that begin with that letter sound.

Place the item with the letter and pack them for Bear's trip! Bon Voyage!

Bear with a bag, letter D with Dog, letter R with ring, letter C with candle

Learn letter sounds as Bear packs for a trip!

Zig-Zag Letter Sounds Balance:

Got some blue painters tape? Create some zig zags for your child to traverse. Along the way, place some Post-it notes with letters on it.

Give your child a way they must cross the path: tip toe, jump, hop on one leg, walk, skip.

Each time they come to a letter, they need to stop, name it, and say it's letter sound.

Do your kids love trains and cars? They can even use their vehicles to traverse the zig zag path encountering letters as train stations or stop lights.

child walking across a zig zag path with letters on it

Letter Sounds Movement Game

Alphabet Basketball:

I love this letter sounds game with a fine motor twist from School Time Snippets.

Alphabet Basketball Letter Sounds Game

Noisy Letter Jump Phonics Game:

Take the fun outside with some chalk and play this silly, active hands-on learning game from The Imagination Tree, a super awesome UK mama!

Noisy Letter Sounds Jump!

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