As kids learn the sounds that letters represent, they can begin to blend sounds together to make words. It can be helpful to do this in a concrete way. We decided to do a frog hop to practice blending words. It’s a great spring activity for a frog theme or a pond theme.
To prepare this activity, I grabbed a small piece of drift wood, the frog from our life cycle set (affiliate link), green construction paper cut into lily pad (ish) shapes, blue paper, and a green marker.
I chose to focus on one word family (-og) for this activity, so I labeled the lily pads with letters that would make words in that family.
To play Tinker placed a beginning sound in front of the “o” and “g” lily pads. Then as the frog hopped from one to the next she said the sound represented by each letter. After saying the last sound she jumped off the last lily pad and said the whole word blended together (log).
Then she changed the beginning sounds and hopped again to blend a new word.
Extend this activity by having your child “be the frog”. Instead of using the lily pads just hop along on the floor and orally blend the words. Or write the letters with chalk outside and do the activity that way.