Cookie Sheet Reading
Once your children know the sounds each letter makes, you can use this activity to practice phonics and reading skills in a new, fun way!
What You’ll Need:
*Alphabet chart, at least 2 copies, see attachments below
*Heavy white cardstock
*Small stick on magnets, or magnet strips
*Small cookie sheet
*Print at least 2 copies of the alphabet chart (see attachments below) on heavy white cardstock.
*Cut out each letter block and stick a magnet to the back.
*Start with a simple word short vowel-consonant pairing, such as “at.” Place the letters a, and t on the cookie sheet in the center. Place other consonants such as m, r, c, h, and s along one side.
*Sound out the word “at” for your child, slowly pronouncing each letter while pointing to it. Have your child repeat the sounding out, while pointing to each letter.
*Say the word “at” again, slowly, but not as slowly as the first time, but still using your finger to point to the letters. Have your child repeat after you.
*Now say the word “at” at a normal pace and have your child repeat it.
*Explain to them that you an change the word “at” to make it a new word by placing another letter in front of it. Choose one of the consonants, such as “c” and slide it in front of the a and t. Now sound out the letter “c”, but still say the word “at”. Explain to your child that all you are doing is adding a sound to the front of the word. Have them repeat after you. Do this a few times until they get the hang of it.
*Now combine all the letters and say “cat” at a normal pace. Have your child repeat after you. Explain to them that any of the letters along the side can be put in place of the “c” to create a new word. Since they already know how to read the word “at” and they know the sound each letter makes, they can now read all of these words! Take them through each new consonant step by step and help them read all of their new words.
*Repeat this same process with other sound combinations. Allow your child to move the letters on his/her own to create new words.
*A few notes:
--This is a great activity for children who are already well aware of the letter sounds and are showing interest in reading. This activity is not intended to teach your child how to read or for children who do not recognize letters or letter sounds.
--Keep in mind that the words you create do not need to be real words. The goal is for your child to be able to put sounds together, whether or not they are familiar with the word. Sometimes the nonsense words are the ones the kids enjoy the most!
--Do not include words that don’t follow the rule. For example, with the “at” ending above, if you added the “wh”, the sound of the “at” ending would change. For now, stick with sound combinations that follow the simple rules.
--Don’t go too fast. Do only one new sound combination (like the “at” sound) per session.
--Repeat and repeat. Repetition is key. Within each session, repeat the letter sounds and sound combinations as many times as you need to for your child to catch on. Some will be easier for them than others. Also, before beginning a new sound, repeat all the sounds you have learned before. It’s a good way to practice and warm up the brain for new learning.
--Other sound pairings you can move onto after “at” are: ab, ad, am, an, ap, as, eb, ed, em, en, ep, et, ib, id, ig, im, in, ip, is, it, ob, od, og, om, on, op, ot, ub, ud, ug, um, un, up, us, ut, etc.
*Send us a picture of your kids reading with their cookie sheets and we may post it to our site! firstname.lastname@example.org.
This activity can be found in the Games & Activities section of our site.