Party with Pink Plates
Associate the letter P with the /p/ sound as in party, pear, and plate.
- Pink plates and cups
- Pink and purple markers
- Party menu printed on pink paper
- Pictures of food or food items that start with P
- Writing practice page
- Book: If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff (optional)
The children will have a letter P party as they practice writing the letter P and saying the /p/ sound as in pink, plate, and pear.
Pass out paper plates and cups
- Have a few children act as waiters and pass out pink plates and cups for each child while everyone politely says, "Please pass a pink plate," emphasizing the /p/ sound.
- Invite all the children to sit down and practice writing the letter P on their plates with pink and purple markers.
- Ask the waiters to pass out pink menus to everyone then return to their seats.
- Help the children identify the items on the menu as you point out that all of the items start with the letter P, which makes the /p/ sound.
Order foods that start with P
- Let the children pick a menu item and pretend to order it from a waiter.
- Have the children say “please” when they order their items.
- Help the waiters serve the food items (or pictures of the food) on the pink plates.
- Pretend to pour pop into the guest’s cups.
Play Pass the Pink Plate
- Place the picture cards on a pink plate, and then have the children sit in a circle.
- Have the children take turns choosing and identifying a picture from the plate, then passing the plate to the next person.
- Each time a card is identified, have the child point to the letter P on the card as all the children say, "/p/ /p/ /p/ ___ (e.g., pickle) starts with P!"
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the letter P while producing the /p/ sound.
- As they write, point out the shapes included in the letter P (i.e., lines, circles and half-circles).
- Have the children draw pictures of foods that start with the /p/ sound below the letters (e.g., pizza, peanuts, pears, pickles).
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter P with the /p/ sound as in pink, party, and peas.
- Picture cards or foods beginning with P
Activity: P Plate Party
- Pretend to have a party with your child.
- Set out a plate for each person at a table and put the picture cards or food items on another plate.
- Pretend to order and eat foods beginning with the letter P (e.g., pizza, popcorn, pretzels, pineapple, popsicles, pancakes).
- Make requests such as, "Please pass the p___ (e.g., peas)!"
- Help your child write and illustrate a menu of foods that start with P.
- Read the menu with your child, emphasizing the /p/ sound (e.g., /p/, /p/, pizza) and pointing to the letter P in each word.
- As you review the menu again, have your child point to each letter P and say the /p/ sound.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Party with Pink Plates