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Speech Auditory discrimination of sounds "s" and "d"  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To hear the difference between "s" and "d" in all positions in the word

Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Bean bowls

4 bowls


2 pictures for one pair of words (see comments for which pictures to use). s/d pictures.

Put a picture in each bowl. Give the child some beans and keep some yourself.

Tell the child which of his bowls to throw a bean into.

Put a bean into the correct bowl in your set.

Check and see if he put it in the right bowl. At the end, if he has the same number of beans in each bowl as you do, he wins.

You could also take it in turns to say which bowl to throw the beans into, or you could play with another child/children

Use pairs of words. One word will have 's' in it and one will have 'd', the way the child pronounces it. The word with 'd' in it can be a monster/alien/object from outer space/ different language.

Possible words:

's'/'d' at the beginning:

sail, dale

sip, dip

sock, dock

's'/'d' in the middle:

bossy, body

racing, raiding

's'/'d' at the end

kiss, kid

race, raid

rice, ride

sauce, sword

Lotto game

Lotto boards (4 pictures to a board. Use pairs of words from the list above, but do not put both words of a pair on the same board)

Corresponding picture cards

See list of words above

Dragon's Treasure

Use the lotto boards and picture cards described in the lotto activity.

'precious' objects e.g. cup, casket etc

blutac/ sticky tape


Have the children take turns being the dragon and the 'helper' (or 'hobbit' if they are familiar with the story).


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