07 Nov 2016

Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary with the Phonics Letter Boxes

Sometimes your child might have difficulty recognising words that start with similar letters, such as “b” for boy and “p” for pants.

What if we used mailboxes to help them differentiate between the letters’ sounds?

This fun activity uses phonics to help your children recognise words by associating them with pictures. This helps them to differentiate between different phonic sounds and improves their vocabulary.

Things That You'll Need

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  1. Pictures
  2. Markers
  3. Cutter
  4. 2 tubs or cardboard boxes
  5. Google images (source to find images)

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How To Play Phonics Letter Boxes

  1. Cut a slot in the lid of each box. Label each box with a letter. For now, let’s use “b” and “p”.
  2. Print or draw simple pictures of things starting with the letter sounds you want to practise (e.g. picture of a boy for “b” and a picture of pants for “p”).
  3. Spread the cards face down on a flat surface.
  4. Have your child pick up a card, identify the picture, and say its starting sound. Once correct, post it in the appropriate letter box.
  5. Congratulate your child when they get it right!


Want more fun offline alternatives to the smartphone? Check out our “Word Play Over Digital Screens: 5 Fun Reading & Writing Activities for You & Your Pre-schoolers” guide for more!