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Speech To develop the use of a target sound in a small phrase  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


These activities focus on using a sound in a word and putting this word into a small phrase, e.g. - target word = 'sun', phrase = 'a hot sun'. A phrase is a short sentence with 2-3 words.

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 Phrases and Sentences
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Where in the house? Barrier Game

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

- 2 x copies of house game board


  1. Prepare 2 copies of the house board game. If you are unable to print, you could draw 2 identical house templates on paper.
  2. Prepare 2 sets of word cards for your child's target sound. Each player has a pile.
  3. Sit where you are unable to see the other person's house - you could put a screen between you, or sit on a different side of the room. 
  4. The first player chooses a picture from their pile and places it in a room in the house. They tell player 2, using a short phrase, where they have put it, e.g. 'carrot in attic'
  5. Once the first player has filled all the rooms in the house, remove the barrier and check that both pictures look the same.
  6. Player 2 repeats the process.

If your child is able to do this activity you might like to try moving on to: saying a longer sentence with the target word in, e.g target word = 'carrot', your sentence could be, 'put the carrot in the kitchen'.

Click here for activities using target sounds in sentences.


If your child is finding this activity challenging, move back to using games that focus on saying the target sound in a single word. Once your child is confident at saying the target sounds in a single word, try this activity again.

Click here for single word activities set 1.

Click here for single word activities set 2.

Click here for single word activities set 3.

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