In this game, your child will listen carefully for sounds in animal names and put the sounds together to make the word. Separating and blending sounds that make words is part of “phonological awareness”, an important skill that comes before learning to read and spell.
Optional: pictures of animals with one-syllable names (available through the Download Resources link)
Introduce the activity to your child by saying: “Let’s play a game about animals. What are some animals that you know?” Let your child respond.
Continue by saying: “Wow, you know lots of animals! Now I am going to say some sounds and I want you to put them together to make the name of an animal. If I say /d/ (sound of the letter d) /og/ (sound of the letters “og” together), these sounds make the word “dog”! Now you try.
What word do these sounds make: /c/ (wait one second) /at/.”
Continue with other animals, separating the first sound from the rest of the word, such as “p- ig”, “f- ox”, etc., and see if your child can put the sounds together and guess the animal. Celebrate your child’s efforts by saying something like: “You’re really listening closely to these sounds and trying to put them together!” or “You got it, it is a fox!”