A fun and active way to learn letter names and sounds with young children- noisy letter jumping!
It is extremely simple to create, requiring just chalk and the ground, yet is a great way to consolidate phoneme-grapheme correspondence in an active way. It’s also a great assessment tool to quickly see which letters they are not so secure on and need to become a target for practise.
To play this game with my 3.9 and 2.3 year olds I used only the letters from their own names, “mummy” and “daddy” (most of which overlapped anyway. With pre-writers/ pre-readers it’s important to begin with the letters that are most relevant to them and which they will be learning first. Theres no need to introduce letter sounds in alphabetical order!
We played this in 2 ways. The first was for Cakie to jump from letter to letter, noisily shouting out the sound (not the letter name) as she landed in it. She jumped on the S and shouted “Sssss Ssssss Ssssss.” We changed the volume to add to the fun, so the next time she had to whisper, say it s-l-o-w-l-y, squeaky, scared etc.
The next way we played was more of a challenge, and very fun for jumping too! She chose a place to start and I called out a letter sound she had to jump on next. She looked for it, checked she was right and jumped!
Pop joined in by jumping and laughing along with us, occasionally calling out sounds when she heard them used by me or Cakie. Soon she will learn them too!
- literacy: phoneme-grapheme correspondence, letter recognition, learn significant letters (from own name and family)
- physical: jump with 2 feet together, co-ordinate body to move to a selected location
- maths: (use numbers instead of letters) recognise and name numerals, count in order up or down to 10