Playing Store to Learn Letter Sounds
Try out this activity with your child if he is just learning alphabet letters and the sounds they make. This activity will help him recognize his letter sounds through imaginative play with you.
You only need these simple materials for your letter sound activity:
STEP 1. Set up your store.
You don't need elaborate props to play, just a great imagination. For
example, a table or a large
STEP 2: Tell your child that youd like to play store with him.
You can say, "Charlie, let's play store for a little bit. We can
pretend to work at our favorite
STEP 3: As you're playing, suggest to your child that you sell only things that begin with a certain letter sound.
Say, "Hey, I have an idea! Why dont we sell things that begin with
the same letter sound?
Let's say your child chooses the /b/ sound. Then say, "A /b/ sound
[make the sound, don't say the
STEP 4: Once you and your child have chosen a letter sound, draw pictures of things a store can sell that start with that letter.
After coloring, you can cut out the pictures and use them to buy and sell. So for a store where everything starts with the /b/ sound, you could have pictures of things such as boots, balls, berries, blankets, and brushes.
STEP 5: By engaging in imaginative play, you have an opportunity to invite your child to practice speaking in a context that is both meaningful and fun.
In addition to the above steps, use this activity to engage your child in conversations at your store:
"Hello. How are you today?"
Gary Kosman and Grace Chiu are the authors of Bonding While Learning: Activities to Grow Your Relationship While Preparing for Reading Success, which provides practical activities to share with toddlers and preschoolers to encourage speech, early reading, and interactive communication. This activity is copyright protected; it is reprinted on our site with permission of the author.
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