Tasty Treats


Associate the letter T (and the lowercase letter t) with the /t/ sound (e.g., taste, treat, test).

Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • teacher
  • treat
  • tasty
  • table
  • take
  • tiny
  • try


  • T treats (e.g., toast, tomatoes, tangerines, tuna, turkey, tater tots, tortillas, taffy, tapioca, Twizzlers, Tang)
  • Label by each tasty treat
  • Tray or small paper plate
  • Example chart

Tell the children they will try some tasty treats as they practice writing the letter T and saying the /t/ sound: table, tiny, test.

Literacy Activities
Make tasting trays

  • Teach the children how to write a T.
  • Practice writing the letters T and t in the air.
  • Pass out a tray or paper plate to each child.
  • Write a T on the tray and only let T treats on each tray.
  • Introduce the tasty treats and have the children say things like “/t/ - /t/ toast starts with the /t/ sound.”
  • Have each child take a turn telling what is on their tray (e.g., “My tasting tray has tuna, taffy, tomato”).

Taste the treats

  • Ask children if they would like to try, take, or taste teacher’s tasty treats and establish how many treats (e.g., three to five) each child may place on their tray.
  • Say phrases such as, “Today I’m tasting tuna, tater tots, tangerines, and tapioca.”
  • Comment that everything the children are tasting starts with a T which makes the /t/ sound.
  • Signal that children may eat their treats by saying, “Time to taste our tiny treats!”
  • Invite children to trade one T treat for another T treat.

More Practice
Terrific or terrible

  • Create a chart listing the treats the children tasted.
  • Have the children write the initial letter T for each treat.
  • Have children vote whether they thought it was terrific or terrible.
  • Record the results on the chart.

Read the Tasty Treat chart

  • Have the children clap each time they hear the /t/ sound.
  • Read the list together (provide support as needed).
  • Have the children make a menu of the tasty treats using pictures and words.
  • Read the menu together and emphasize the /t/ sound.


SEEL At Home

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Associate the letter T with the /t/ sound (e.g., treasure, trip, tasty).


  • Food beginning with the /t/ sound (e.g., tangerines, tater tots, tuna)

Activity: Tasty Treats

  • Explore the fridge, freezer, or pantry with your child to find foods beginning with the /t/ sound such as toast, tomatoes, tangerines, tuna, turkey, tater tots, tortillas, taffy, tapioca, Twizzlers, or Tang.
  • Plan a T party for family and/or friends where only treats beginning with the /t/ sound can be on the table.
  • Prepare tiny serving sizes of treats for everyone to take turns tasting.
  • As people taste the tiny treats, encourage them to say, "Today I'm tasting ___."
  • If people like the treat, encourage them to say, "___ is a terrific treat!"  
  • If people don't like the treat, encourage them to say, "___ is a terrible treat!"
  • Help your child draw and label the treats they tasted (let your child write the initial letter T for each label).
  • The activity can be repeated several times.


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1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case 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.