Looking for an activity to help your preschooler master those beginning letter sounds? My three-year-old loves this one!
Our fourth child is a busy, bright 3 1/2 year old who loves all things cars. When he was two, he would stand at the couch all by himself and drive them along the cushions. And he would be very upset if someone else decided that a couch was for sitting on!
Unlike his older siblings, my Three has taken a bit longer to master letters and sounds. That’s why I began doing letter of the week with him on his third birthday. With our hands-on curriculum, he quickly mastered letter recognition and can name the sounds of most letters.
But hearing the beginning sound in a word is a bit tougher.
These are so low-prep and so much fun! I simply print one of the parking lots and label eight toy cars with the letters listed at the top of the page. I used white label stickers for these images, but I usually use painter’s tape because it goes on and off so well.
Then my Three says each picture’s name and finds the correct car to park on it.
He loves this and does the whole page in just a few minutes.
“What sound does “c” make?”
“Does it go on the net?”
“Net. /k/, /k/, net.” (smiling) “No.”
“Can you find another picture that starts with /c/? What’s this a picture of?” (I pointed to the cow.)
“What’s the name of the animal?”
“Noooo…. what animal says moo?”
“Yes. What sound do you hear in COW?”
“/k/, /k/, cow. Yes!”
It’s interesting to us that we often get comments on how clear his speech is and how well spoken he is for a three-year-old. But he mixes up a cow and a pig! (We’ll be starting theme units this fall to help him with his vocabulary challenges.)
He likes driving the cars up the middle of the page to their parking spots.
We hope you know someone who will enjoy these as much as we do!
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