Your child will practice recognizing beginning sounds in words and create a collage of pictures that start with the same sound.
Sitting together at the table, choose a letter of the alphabet. You may want to start with the first letter of your child’s name because that letter usually has the most meaning for the child, or any other letter the child chooses. Review with your child the sound that the letter makes, and focus on the sound during this activity more than the name of the letter. Using a marker, write the uppercase and lowercase letters in the center of the page.
Next, help your child find and cut out pictures of items that begin with that letter sound and glue them to the paper. For example, if the child chooses the letter D, ask your child, “Which picture starts with the /d/ sound?” He might cut out pictures of dogs, daisies, drums, donuts, etc. As your child chooses each picture, emphasize the beginning sound of the word and have your child repeat it.
For a stronger connection to the child’s world, using photos of familiar items or people can be helpful. When finished, your child might want to hang up his collage for everyone to see!