Here’s a way to make practicing words and sentences more fun and “focused” without spending time or money on it’s preparation. The activity is simple, but makes practice seem like a game. And since the materials don’t cost anything, you can let the child take it home to encourage carry-over.
– a cardboard tube from a paper towel or toilet paper roll for you and each child (decorating is optional)
– stimulus cards or pictures
Word level – Have the child look through a tube at stimulus cards (or around the room to find objects with the target sound) and then say the word.
Sentence level – Depending on what level you are working on, the child could simply say, “I see a __.” or a more complex sentence such as “The __ is next to the window.”
Groups – Play the game “I Spy” with the tubes and have the children guess what the person has spotted. Be sure to let them know what sound is being targeted.
Use this activity in pirate, explorer, and astronomy themes.