This sound matching activity can be used in many ways. From individual literacy centers to whole group instruction or circle time, your students will have fun matching beginning sounds. This activity focuses on /b/ and /t/ by having students match eggs to the correct Mama based on the pictures on the eggs.
Ways to use “Mama Wants Her Eggs”:
Literacy Center: This activity could be done file folder game style where an individual child simply matches the eggs to the mama.
Partner game: Each child takes a turn drawing an egg and placing it with the correct Mama. Their partner checks it is correct.
Circle Time/Whole Group Instruction: Tape the Mama bird and mama turtle in a location that all students can see. As a class work through the eggs. Hold up an egg and say the picture name. Have the children “vote” for which mama it goes to by giving them an action connected to each animal. For example, to vote for the bird they would make a pretend bird symbol with their hands, and if they thought it belonged to the turtle they would make a T out of their hands. After working through all the eggs give each student a blank egg to draw a picture that would belong to the bird or the turtle (starting with /b/ or /t/). Let each student say what they have drawn and place it by the correct mama.
**Movement: I am a huge fan of learning through movement. You can easily add in some animal actions to this activity. For example, after going through the whole group instruction activity gather all the eggs and make a pile. Draw one egg at a time. If the picture begins with /b/ students will flap their arms like a bird and walk around the room. Call out “freeze!” Then choose the next egg. They will either be flying like a bird, or crawling slowly like a turtle. As always, set up your expectations before beginning this activity so that you don’t end up with crazy birds “flying” all over the room.
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