Are you looking for a fun way to review letter sounds with your preschooler, kindergartner, or first grader? Try Beginning Sound Blackout!
Recently I saw a great idea for learning letter sounds at Stay at Home Educator. She created her own Initial Sound Blackout game for preschoolers. When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my Four!
I created eight boards. Each board has pictures for 16 letters. I was careful to make all 128 pictures unique, so your child will get a lot of practice if you rotate among the boards! My Four chose his playing board.
If you play this as a review game for first graders, they will likely speed right through it. But it’s a much slower process for a preschooler. After I chose a letter card, my Four had to go through each picture, one by one.
Truck…. heart…. cake…”
Sometimes he missed the picture he needed, so I would give him a clue.
Whoops, you missed it! It’s in that last row.
I had a board too. Sometimes I missed my picture, and my Four helped me find it. I nearly missed this one, but my Four caught it.
Mom, you have a mailbox for letter m!
Poker chips would be great for covering the pictures. I couldn’t find ours, so we used a hodge podge of rocks, shells, and gems.
We played until one of us had a board entirely covered. My Four won. (And those are some seriously dirty fingernails. We try not to neglect hygiene, but my Four loves to work in the garden every chance he gets!)
He really enjoyed this game, and we look forward to playing it again. It’s challenging enough that his older brother (going into kindergarten) would enjoy it too. If you’re looking for a simpler way to practice beginning sounds, check out my beginning sound match mats.
And if you’d like a stepping stone to this game, try an easier version first. You can learn how to make it yourself over at Stay at Home Educator.
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More activities for learning beginning sounds from Stay at Home Educator:
- Beginning sound and picture matching
- Beginning sound picture sort
- Beginning sound matching activity with magnetic letters
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