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Speech To develop the use of a target sound in a single word - activities/games set 3  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

These activities focus on using a target sound in a single word. Your target sound may be at the beginning of the word, e.g. 's' in 'sun', or in the middle of a word, e.g. 's' in 'glasses', or at the end of a word, e.g. 's' in 'horse'.

Phonology/Articulation:Sounds in Words
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Fishing

Words containing your child's target sound - click here for printable word cards.

- Paper clips

- Stick

- String

- Magnet

- Paper fish. Optional printable fish template available by clicking here.

  1. Make the fishing rod by tying the string to one of the stick and attaching a magnet to the other end of the string. Place the paper clips on the paper fish.
  2. Attach a word card to each fish.
  3. Lay the fish on the playing surface.
  4. Encourage your chaild to catch a fish and name the word with the target sound.
  5. Keep fishing until you have caught them all.

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to: saying a small phrase with the target word in, e.g target word = 'car', your phrase could be, 'a red car'.

Some phrase level activities can be found by clicking here.

 

If your child is finding this activity challenging, try the following steps:

- If your child finds it challenging to say the sound, praise them for trying and say the word back with the sound used correctly for them to hear. 

- Talk about the sound the word starts with, e.g. 'cat' starts with a 'c' sound.

- Have a go at breaking the word up for the child to copy, e.g. 'let's try and say this together, 'c'  'at'. 

Skittles

Words containing your child's target sound - click here for printable word cards.

- A set of skittles - you could also use empty plastic bottles.

- Ball

1. Under each skittle place a picture card.

2. Give your child the ball and encourage them to knock down the skittles.

3. Collect the pictures from under the skittles that have been knocked over.

4. Encourage you child to say the words using their target sound.

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to: saying a small phrase with the target word in, e.g target word = 'car', your phrase could be, 'a red car'.

Some phrase level activities can be found by clicking here.

 

If your child is finding this activity challenging, try the following steps:

- If your child finds it challenging to say the sound, praise them for trying and say the word back with the sound used correctly for them to hear. 

- Talk about the sound the word starts with, e.g. 'cat' starts with a 'c' sound.

- Have a go at breaking the word up for the child to copy, e.g. 'let's try and say this together, 'c'  'at'. 

Matching Pairs

Words containing your child's target sound x 2 copies - click here for printable word cards.

1. Cut out 2 sets of picture cards for your target sound.

2. Shuffle them and lay them face down in front of you.

3. Each player takes a turn at choosing two pictures and saying the word with the target sound.

4. If the two pictures matchm you keep them and have another turn.

5. Keep playing until you have matched all the pairs. The winner is the person with the most pairs at the end of the game. 

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to: saying a small phrase with the target word in, e.g target word = 'car', your phrase could be, 'a red car'.

Some phrase level activities can be found by clicking here.

 

If your child is finding this activity challenging, try the following steps:

- If your child finds it challenging to say the sound, praise them for trying and say the word back with the sound used correctly for them to hear. 

- Talk about the sound the word starts with, e.g. 'cat' starts with a 'c' sound.

- Have a go at breaking the word up for the child to copy, e.g. 'let's try and say this together, 'c'  'at'. 

Lotto/Bingo

1. Print out 2 copies of the lotto templates for your target sound. Cut out one set and use these as the lotto cards. Use the other copy as lotto boards.

2. Shuffle the cut out cards and pace them face down in a pile.

3. Give each player a lotto board.

4. Each player takes a turn to select a card from the pile and say the word with the target sound - if it matches a picture on their lotto board they use the card to cover the picture.

5. If a player picks a card and they don't have the picture on their lotto board, or they have already covered the picture, they place the card at the bottom of the pile.

6. The winner is the first person to cover all of the pictures on their lotto board.

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to: saying a small phrase with the target word in, e.g target word = 'car', your phrase could be, 'a red car'.

Some phrase level activities can be found by clicking here.

 

If your child is finding this activity challenging, try the following steps:

- If your child finds it challenging to say the sound, praise them for trying and say the word back with the sound used correctly for them to hear. 

- Talk about the sound the word starts with, e.g. 'cat' starts with a 'c' sound.

- Have a go at breaking the word up for the child to copy, e.g. 'let's try and say this together, 'c'  'at'. 

Hide and Seek

Words containing your child's target sound - click here for printable word cards.

1. Cut out the picture cards for your target sound.

2. Ask your child to close their eyes while you hide the pictures around the room.

3. The child has to find the pictures, saying the target word.

4. Once all the pictures have been found, your child can hide the pictures for you to find.

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to: saying a small phrase with the target word in, e.g target word = 'car', your phrase could be, 'a red car'.

Some phrase level activities can be found by clicking here.

 

If your child is finding this activity challenging, try the following steps:

- If your child finds it challenging to say the sound, praise them for trying and say the word back with the sound used correctly for them to hear. 

- Talk about the sound the word starts with, e.g. 'cat' starts with a 'c' sound.

- Have a go at breaking the word up for the child to copy, e.g. 'let's try and say this together, 'c'  'at'. 

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