Your child will use listening skills to determine whether two objects have the same ending sound.
Sit with your child on the floor and take the items out of the basket. Together, name each one so that your child knows what each one is called. Say, “We are going to play a game to find pairs of objects that end with the same sound. Listen carefully to hear which of these objects has the same ending sound.”
Spread the objects out and select two objects that end with the same sound, for example, a pan and a spoon. Emphasize the /n/ sound at the end of each word. Ask your child to repeat the words. Say, “Do these end with the same sound?” If they say “yes,” ask, “What sound do they both end in?” If they say “no” or “I don’t know,” repeat the words again, stressing the ending sounds. Ask, “Do these words end with /n/ or /r/?”
Next, select two items that do not end with the same sound, for example, a cup and a flower. Emphasize the ending sound of each word. Ask your child to repeat the words. Ask, “Do these end with the same sound?” If they say “no,” encourage them to find the matches for each item. If they say “yes,” say, “Flower ends with the /r/ sound and cup ends with the /p/ sound. /r/, /p/. Are those the same sound?”
Continue to encourage your child to match the objects that have the same ending sound.