This activity was spontaneous and driven by my son. He is on the cusp of reading so every day his desire to learn sounds amazes me. Plus, this pre-reading activity is easy and inexpensive, which is always nice.
Materials needed for this pre-reading activity include foam hearts and a marker. I wrote uppercase letters on one side and matching lower case letters on the other side. Spread the foam hearts around the floor and invite your child over.
Explain that when you say “Moose”, for example, he must find his way to the heart with the “m” on it. He can make his way to the appropriate heart by hopping, side stepping, lunging or whatever action he chooses to meet the goal. Simple. We mixed it up a bit by working on ending sounds. You can do the same and take it a step further with “ch” for example and soon words and rhyming. The possibilities are endless.