pretend pennies

Pretend Pennies

Pretend Pennies
Target text


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

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Lesson Plan

Target Words:

  • penny
  • pail
  • pig
  • pillow
  • pizza


  • Pretend Pennies Store sign*  
  • Pennies  
  • Pail or bucket 
  • /p/ objects or picture cards*

*Items included below

State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will shop at the Pretend Pennies Store and listen for words that begin with the /p/ sound, such as pig, pen, penny, purse, and pail.

Literacy Activities 
Put pennies in a pail 

  • Pass out pennies to the children and let them shop in the Pretend Pennies Store you have set up. 
  • Allow them to pick an object that starts with /p/ or a picture card (see below) to purchase. 
  • When the children make a purchase, have them put their penny in the pail and say, “I put my penny in the pail for a ____ (e.g., pig)!” 
  • If desired, give the children more pennies and allow them to make multiple purchases.

More Practice 
Clap out sounds in words 

  • Have the children take apart the word pig and clap once for each sound in the word (/p/ /i/ /g/). 
  • Ask the children how many times they clapped for the word pig (3). 
  • Clap for each sound in the word pig again to reinforce the model. 
  • Repeat with other words that start with /p/ (e.g., pet, pad, pot, pin). 
  • Point out that all of the words start with the /p/ sound. 
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SEEL At Home



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


  • Real or pretend pennies

Activity: Pretend Pennies 

  • Help your child find objects around the house that begin with the /p/ sound (e.g., pants, pajamas, purse, plant, pizza) and set them up like a store. 
  • Give your child some real or pretend pennies (see below) and which /p/ objects he or she would like to buy. 
  • Each time your child chooses a /p/ object to buy, say together, "Pass the penny to buy the ____ (e.g., pants)." 
  • Have your child pass you a penny before taking the object. 
  • When you have finished playing, ask your child which items he or she purchased with his or her pennies and say them together, emphasizing the /p/ sound in each word (e.g., /p/ /p/ pants). 


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