Learning sounds is exciting for children so really we adults don't have to do much to engage them. There are fun and creative ways to help them organize all the sounds and letters in their environment. Montessori's approach to language is fascinating to me. I encourage you to learn more about it.
So far with our 3.5 year old we've learned sounds with object boxes, object baskets and sound of the day boxes. Our storytelling activities which include storytelling with a bag, writing our first story, our story boards and fill in the blank stories have been some of my all time favorites. Plus this Storytelling 101 is a great post for parents. The sound map has been a good one to work on those trickier sounds.
Here is another idea:
Take an ice cube tray, in our case it was a silicone ice cube tray, place sticker letters (or use a marker to write the letters) in the bottom of each cube, pre-plan a basket of objects (like mini replicas from Safari Toobs or Mini Japanese Erasers) to match with each letter and then introduce to your preschoolers. Once I introduced this work to my son, I left the basket and ice cube tray on our shelves to revisit when he desires. I look forward to switching the objects to work on ending sounds and other special letter combinations.
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