This back to school lesson is provided by guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons.
Do your kids need a few refreshers after a carefree summer? They’ll love getting back into the swing of things with this family favorite! Letter Sounds Pictionary is a great family time activity that sneaks in a bit of learning, which makes it a great way to prepare for going back to school.
All you really need for this activity is some paper and a marker, but I’ve created Letter Sounds Pictionary cards for a bit of added fun. You can download a copy for your own personal use here.
How to Play:
Print the Letter Sounds Pictionary cards and cut them apart. Shuffle the cards and put them in a pile face down. The first player picks a card and keeps it hidden. Then they draw the pictures that are on the cards while the other players guess. Have fun! I think one of my son’s favorite parts is all of our silly guesses.
Take turns and play just for fun as you go through the alphabet, or make it a friendly competition by keeping score. Pair up, set a timer, and see how many pictures your team can guess. If you get all of the pictures on the card right but still have time left, keep drawing things that begin with that letter sound for bonus points.
This is a great activity for young pre-readers that need to practice their letter sounds and need the visual cue. You can strengthen this connection by repeating the letter and letter sound back to them after you guess correctly. For older kids, the challenge becomes thinking of new words beginning with that letter that are not featured on the card.
More Ways to Play:
There are other ways you can use the printable Letter Sounds Pictionary cards for fun hands-on learning! Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Print the cards, cut apart, and laminate for added durability. Punch a hole in one corner and use a binder ring to keep the cards together. This makes a great portable alphabet flashcard set for even the youngest of kids. I created something similar for my son when he was young and kept it in my purse for all of those times we’d be stuck in a line or a waiting room. It kept him entertained and engaged and was always available.
- Mix up the cards and have your child arrange them back into alphabetical order.
- Print two sets of cards and use them to play a matching game.
What are some ways your family is preparing for going back to school?
Joyce is the mom behind Childhood Beckons, where she encourages parents to focus on their families and the childhood that beckons them. Her motto is “Childhood is calling my son to play and explore. And childhood is calling me to help him on his journey.” She enjoys discovering creative ways to play and learn and passing along her family’s favorites. You can find Joyce on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.