This is a simple game that asks children to identify the initial sound of a toy animal then pound the letter that makes that sound on the toy tool bench. What makes this game so interesting for kids is the inclusion of toys that they love. This tool bench has been in our playroom for seven years but my daughter has just recently fallen back in love with it so I knew it was time to use it for a little learning. Coupled with her animals toys this phonics game is anything but boring.
Gather your materials. You will need a hammering toy ( or you could make one with golf tees like we did here) , some painter’s tape and marker or labels, some small toys and a bag or box to pull them out of.
Start by writing the letters out on the tape. I had no labels so I just used tape. Don’t worry about things looking pinterest perfect the goal is for your child to learn while having fun not a magazine perfect set up. Also I am using lowercase letters because by this stage of learning to read lowercase is much more important. She will be encountering lowercase while reading much more frequently than uppercase.
Cut the tape to fit on top of the blocks and pop them on.
Pop the animals in the bag and you are ready to call your little one over.
Pull an animal out of the bag, say what it is and then find the letter than matches the first sound.
Find the letter that makes that sound and pound it down!
This is such a simple game and after we played my daughter went hunting for more things that started with the letters on the tool bench and we played again.
This is one of my favorite activities! Great minds think alike…we did something similar with a ball pounder toy. 🙂 http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2012/05/pound-a-sound/
PS- Your sweet girl is getting SO big!
Danielle @ Mom Inspired Life says
This is such a great idea! I think my son would love this. Thanks for sharing!
I love it! I love all your ideas! You are so talented! God has blessed you with such an awesome imagination! Thank you so much for sharing! Gid bless you for sharing for free! You’re so inspiring! Keep up the God work!