Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness, and Phonics Activities
Activities You Can Do To Help Your Child Develop/Strengthen
Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Skills:Ø Beginning Sounds – Play “I’m going on a camping trip” or “I’m
going to grandma’s” and I’m going to bring things starting
with (choose a letter sound). Take turns naming things that
begin with that letter sound.
Ø Rhyming – Have your child give you a thumbs up if the two
words you say rhyme and a thumbs down if they don’t rhyme.
Ø Segmenting/Blending – Choose a word with three sounds (fan).
Say each sound separately. Have your child touch his/her
head when saying the first sound (fff), touch his/her
waist when saying the middle sound (aaa), and his/her toes
when saying the last sound (nnn). When your child can do this
activity easily, say one of the sounds separately and have
him/her place his/her hands on their head, waist, or toes to
show if the sound comes at the beginning, middle, or end of
Ø Building Words – Using magnetic letters, make a three letter
word on the refrigerator (pat). Have your child read the word
and use it in a sentence. Change one letter to make a new
word. Start by changing only the beginning letter (pat, bat,
hat, rat, sat, mat, fat, cat). Then change the ending letter
(pat, pan, pal, pad, pam, pap). Finally, change the middle letter
(pat, pet, pit, put).
Ø Making Words – You will need magnetic letters and three
bags. Put all the vowel magnets in the middle bag. Divide the
consonants in half; put half in the first bag and half in the
last bag. Have your child pick a magnetic letter from the
first bag, the middle bag, and the last bag to make a word.
Have your child read the word and tell you if it is a real word
or a nonsense word (made-up word).