Your child will try to guess simple words that you say in parts. This blending of sounds is a pre-reading skill.
Five to ten pictures of common animals/objects that are one-syllable words (bug, bus, car, dog, cat, cup, fish, etc.)
Begin by reviewing the names of all the picture cards so that your child is familiar with the names of the items. Tell your child that you are going to play a mystery word game. Explain that your child will be the detective and will have to figure out the word based on its parts. Next, lay out all the picture cards so that your child can see them. Say to your child, “I am going to say a word in two parts…/b/ and /ug/. /B/ and /ug/ blended together says ‘bug!’ Let’s find the bug picture. Now, it’s your turn to guess the mystery word. The parts of the next word are /b/ and /us/. /B/…/us/. What do you think that word is?” If the child guesses correctly, he can keep the card. Continue playing this game until your child has guessed all the words.