Monday, June 21, 2010
Initial Sound Clothesline Activity
A couple weeks ago, I co-facilitated another make and take workshop. This month's theme was CAMPING! Camping is a fun family activity. Many children enjoy using it as a theme for their pretend play. Here is an idea for an activity you can make at home. If you would like an electronic copy of the colour pictures, please just post a message and I will get back to you.
Here are the necessary supplies:
- 18 colour picture cards
- 18 clothespins
- permanent marker
- mac tac
- construction paper
1. Cut out the colour picture cards.
2. Create a template t-shirt. You could also make pants, but I was trying to keep it simple.
3. Using your template cut out 18 t-shirts from the contruction paper. I fit 4 onto each piece of construction paper.
4. Glue the colour pictures onto the t-shirts.
5. Use mac tac to help improve the life span of your activity.
6. Using your permanent marker, write letters onto the end of the clothespin that opens (see picture below).
To play, your child needs to match the initial sound of the word with the corresponding picture. Once they have made a match, they can hang the shirts on a clotheslines (I made mine with a piece of yarn). Remember to keep this activity developmentally appropriate. Children tend to be able to do this type of activity when they around five- and six-years-old.
You can increase the level of difficulty of this game by having more letters available then necessary for your child to choose from. You can also have them mix up the beginning letter and say the new word.
"If your put the letter W on bug (instead of B), it says WUG!"
You can decrease the level of difficulty by using only one letter sound at a time to reinforce a particular sound.