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Speech Use "s" and "z" in phrases and sentences  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To use "s" and "z" at the beginning, middle and end of words in phrases and sentences.

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

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Note: this should only be attempted once the child is confident with making these sounds in single words.

Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
String a Story

String and pegs (optional)

Pictures of words that have 's' and 'z' in them at the beginning, middle or end: word list ordered by initial soundword list ordered by sound starting second syllableword lists for beginning, middle and final sounds.

Bag or box.

1. Tie the string up like a washing line (this is optional)

2. Put the pictures in the bag or box. Have the child pull out 4 or 5 pictures.

3. Help the child to think of a simple 'story' involving all those items.

4. Arrange them on the string (or just lay them out on the table) in the order they will be in the story.

5. Have the child tell the story.

You could also have the child use a puppet or soft toy to tell the story.

Remind the child that they need to remember the 's' and 'z' sound. Praise them when they do.

I went to the supermarket and bought...

Object pictures with 's' or 'z' at the beginning, middle or end of the words

Bag (to put the pictures in)

This works well with several children, or a mix of children and adults


Barrier games

Pictures to colour that include several items that have 's' or 'z' in them.

Colouring pens or pencils for each person (you can just have 3 or 4 each).


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