The 10 Best Ways to Teach Letter Sounds

Letter sounds come right after learning letter names in reading. While some kids are naturally inclined to learn letters from a young age, others take longer and that's okay.


My mission is to making learning how to read (and that definitely includes learning letter sounds) fun and hands on. So if you're looking for a letter sounds worksheet or some alphabet flashcards, this isn't the place.


Instead I'm going to show you my most favorite, hands-on learning games to teach your child letter sounds so that they're just as excited about the alphabet as I am (that's super excited...ahem...kindergarten teacher).


10 Hands-on Games to Teach Letters and Letter Sounds:


The Letter Sounds Swat:

All you need are some Post-its, a fly swatter (or a hand), and you're ready to go. Call out letter names or letter sounds and have your little one jump and swat the letters. You can use numbers too!

Letter Sounds Toy Rescue!

Hide toys around the house or even just on a door with blue tape. Invite your child to play by telling them that the Toy Thief has stolen their precious toys and they, and they alone must rescue them.


At the rescue station, toys must be matched with their beginning sound, reinforcing the letter sounds while also working on phonemic awareness!


Match the letters to their sounds

Rescue the Letters:

Got salad tongs? Blue tape? Any container? Combine with letters for this fun challenge!


It's simple, really...call out the letter sound and have your child pluck the corresponding letter from the container below, maneuvering through the blue tape.


It's a wonderful chance to practice fine motor skills as well!



Letter Sounds Stomp!

Active kids don't like to sit to learn. Try Letter Sounds Stomp to get your child smashing their way to all their letters and sounds.



Hidden Object with Letter Sounds:

Got some tricky letters that continue to confuse your child? Pick out those 5 or so letters and place them on Post-its for this surprising little game that kids love!


Pom Pom Toss for Letter Sound Recognition:

Much like my very viral Pinterest post for teaching Sight Words, you can place letters on Post-its, lining them up with a muffin pan.


Throw the poms poms at the muffin pan and yell the letter name and sound! Kids and adults love this hands-on learning game that happens to also improve your aim.


Loving letter sounds yet?





Letter Sounds Post-it Hunt:

Pick out those target letters your child is working on and write them separately on a piece of construction paper. Hide 4 Post-it notes of the same letter around your home and have your child seek out those Post-its.


As your child matches the Post-it letter to the matching construction paper letter, they say the matching letter sounds!



Bear's Bag:

Surprise, your favorite stuffed animal is going on a trip, but you need to pack some intriguing objects for it!


Place different letters in a bag. Take turns pulling out different letters and searching around the house that you can pack that begin with that letter sound.


Place the item with the letter and pack them for Bear's trip! Bon Voyage!

Learn letter sounds as Bear packs for a trip!


Zig-Zag Letter Sounds Balance:

Got some blue painters tape? Create some zig zags for your child to traverse. Along the way, place some Post-it notes with letters on it.


Give your child a way they must cross the path: tip toe, jump, hop on one leg, walk, skip.


Each time they come to a letter, they need to stop, name it, and say it's letter sound.


Do your kids love trains and cars? They can even use their vehicles to traverse the zig zag path encountering letters as train stations or stop lights.



Alphabet Basketball:

I love this letter sounds game with a fine motor twist from School Time Snippets.

Alphabet Basketball Letter Sounds Game


Noisy Letter Jump Phonics Game:

Take the fun outside with some chalk and play this silly, active hands-on learning game from The Imagination Tree, a super awesome UK mama!

Noisy Letter Sounds Jump!


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