juggle jugs

Juggle Jugs
Target text


Recognize and produce the /j/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /j/.

Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • jog
  • jerk
  • jump
  • juggle
  • jiggle
  • jingle 


  • Milk jugs or maple syrup jugs (see photo below) 
  • String
  • Coins 
  • Letter cards*

*Item included below.

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will juggle and jiggle jugs as they listen for words that start with the /j/ sound such as jingle, juggle, jump, and jerk

Literacy Activities
Juggle jugs

  • Give the children jugs and have them tape or glue J's on the jugs. 
  • Have the children try to juggle two jugs with J's. 
  • Comment on what the child is doing: 
    • Juggle, juggle, juggle jugs.
    • Juggle jugs with J's!

Jiggle and jingle jugs

  • Place coins in the jugs and have the children jiggle the jugs to make them jingle. 
  • Say phrases such as the following:
    • Jiggle jugs!
    • Jugs with J's jiggle, jangle, and jingle. 
    • Jiggling jugs makes the jugs jingle. 
    • Jiggle and jingle jugs with J's.

Jumping, jerking, jogging jugs

  • Tie strings to the jugs.
  • Have the children tug on the string to give the jug a jerk.
  • Let the children tug on the strings of jugs to jiggle the jugs or make the jugs jump or jog.   
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