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Speech Discriminate front d t vs back k g sounds 1  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To hear the difference between front sounds 't' 'd' and back sounds 'k' 'g' wherever they appear in a word.

Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Bean bowls

8 bowls (4 for the child and 4 for you)

Beans (or anything else to throw into the bowls)

Two sets of four cards, each with one of the letters "t", "d", "k", or "g" written on them.

Pictures of things starting with each sound (3 or 4 pictures for each).

1. Put a card in each bowl (one for each sound). Give the child some beans and keep some yourself.

2. Explain that the child needs to listen to the word you say and decide which sound that word starts with. He should put / throw his bean into the bowl with that sound in it.

3. Take a picture and read the word. Ask the child to throw a bean into one of the bowls.

4. Put a bean into the correct bowl in your set.

5. 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 include another child/children

Use pairs of words one having a "d" in it and the other having a "g" in it, or one having a "t" in it and the other having a "k" in it.

For possible words see: word lists for sound work in additional resources for phonology and articulation on

Lotto game

Lotto boards (4 pictures to a board). Use "minimal pairs" words where possible - but don't use words from the same pair on the same board), for example:

Pictures on first board:

Pictures on second board:









A minimal pair is a pair of two words which are different by just one sound, for example "tea" and "key".

Picture cards corresponding to the pictures on the lotto boards

For possible words see: PA AR word lists for sound work in additional resources for phonology and articulation on (You can get to either of these links from your computer by pressing control and clicking on the link at the same time).

Dragon's Treasure

Use the lotto boards and picture cards described in the lotto game activity (above).

'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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