In this activity, the child will use listening skills to identify words with the same beginning sounds and then say another word with the same sound.
12 picture flashcards (available through the Download Resources link)
Before beginning, explain the activity to your child by saying, “We are going to find pictures of things that have the same beginning sound.” Show your child each picture and see if he can name it. Tell him the name of any pictures he cannot name (or may have called by a different name that won’t fit for the game).
Then, set up the game for your child by separating words with the same beginning sound into two piles (e.g., if you had “mitten” and “monkey,” make sure these cards are in two different piles). Lay out the cards from one pile in front of your child so that he can see all the pictures. Put the other cards in a pile facing down.
Have your child pick one card from the top of the pile facing down and say the name of the picture. Next, help your child identify the first sound in that pictured object. For example, after your child has looked at the picture of a cat and said “cat,” you can say, “Yes, it’s a cat! What sound do you hear at the beginning of the word ‘cat?’” Emphasize the /k/ sound to your child as you say the word and have him repeat, “/k/.”
Next, ask your child to look at the pictures laid out in front of him and find another picture that begins with the /k/ sound (such as a picture of a cow). When your child finds the correct picture, he can take the two cards and put them aside together as a pair.
Continue by having your child pick up the next card in the stack, name the picture, and find the picture that starts with the same sound. Continue until all the pairs have been matched.