Letter recognition is important but more important is knowing what sounds letters make. This is a fun and easy to throw together letter sound activity that uses novelty to make learning fun. My daughter has known her letters for a while but at three there is zero rush for her to start reading. I am not following any program or book, I am following her lead. She has been testing out sounds, pretending to read books to me and her brother, and asking to spell words. When I see signs like these I try some playful ways to challenge her but if there is resistance , frustration or confusion I back off. As parents we want to challenge and support not push or drill. After the first time we played this letter sounds activity I was pretty sure we had a winner, after the 4th time I was certain.
Gather your materials. You will need some stickers of easily identifiable things, masking tape, locks with keys, and a marker.
Next add masking tape to the keys and write the letter on.
The letter sounds weren’t too big a challenge but the fine motor control required was. Matching up keys with locks and opening them uses other skills too like hand eye coordination and hand strength too. It took her a few tries to get the first key in but after a while she was a pro.
She loved that she could do the activity with no help from me. My daughter is about as independent as they come. I let her go for it and then after she was done have her show me her work. She walked me through each pair telling me the letter and the sound on each lock and key.
Then she closed them all up and played again and again.