Here is a simple beginning sounds activity. Most of us have those magnetic alphabet letters that kids play with on the refrigerator. Use those letters and one of the printables below for a fun activity to teach letter sounds.
Print out one (or more) of the printables. Place one sheet on a cookie sheet. Have your child place the magnetic letter with the correct beginning sound over each picture. Simply because the alphabet letters will stick to the cookie stick makes this an enjoyable learning activity for kids.
When children are initially learning letters and their sounds, you may want to bend the rules somewhat so that they are able to feel good about themselves while learning. An example? They may not see a picture the same as you might. Noodles may be called spaghetti, logs may be called wood, and an insect may be called a bug. As long as the child can name the picture and then place the correct letter on top, then give them credit for a correct answer.
Each of the following activity sheets are different. Even if there is a picture for the letter A, for example, on one sheet... when the letter A is used again on another sheet, the picture is different. In this way children will see each sheet as a new activity.
A simple beginning sounds activity...
Look for other ways in your environment to teach beginning sounds. An example?
While grocery shopping have your child look for items that begin with certain letters. Name a letter and see how long it takes them to find something that begins with the letter. Luckily, in a grocery store, there are typically many items that begin with most of the letters.
I tried this one morning with my grandson. Not only was he very engaged in looking for items for each letter... he was so busy with our new game that we got to the checkout and he hadn't even bothered to ask for a snack. And for the record, I didn't have just a few items to purchase... I had an overflowing cart.
We were able to look for items for roughly eight letters. Even after I named a second and third letter he was still finding things for the first letter. Just to give you an idea of how easy and fun this game is... for the letter B he found bread, bologna, bananas, beets, broccoli, beans, butter, Bisquick, blueberries, bacon and bagels. Odds are, he missed a few B's while looking for other letters.
This would also work well in large retail stores like Wal-Mart or Target or any mall with many stores in your area.