Learning activity: Something beginning with …
Here’s a simple activity you can do with your child at home, to build vocabulary and practise letters and the sounds they make.
First, say a certain letter of the alphabet, such as ‘T’, or the sound ‘tuh’. Your child then names everything they can see beginning with ‘T’, such as ‘television’, ‘table’, ‘telephone’, etc. Include objects seen through the window, such as ‘tree’, ‘truck’ or ‘train’. Then choose another letter and do the same.
With more than one child you can have a competition – who can name the most objects beginning with that letter? Give older children a time limit, and see who can write down the most words – or, include objects you can’t see.
Alternatively, say ‘I can see something beginning with [letter]’ and ask everyone to guess which object you are thinking of. Whoever gets it right takes the next turn!
In Britain we often play this game as children, and parents (or grandparents) with their children. We use a similar rhyming introduction with “spy” instead of “see”:
“I spy with my little eye something beginning with…”.