Spill and Sprinkle
- Spots (paper hole-punch circles)
- Plastic drop cloth or large plastic trash bag
- Action cards
State and Model the Objective
Tell the children that they will spill, sprinkle, and spin spots all over the table while listening for words that start with the /sp/ sound, such as spot, spin, spill, and sprinkle.
Spin, spill, and sprinkle spots
- Show the children how to spin, spill, or sprinkle spots, and point out that spin, spill, sprinkle, and spots all start with the /sp/ sound.
- Ask a child to pick an action card and help the child perform the action with the spots.
- Have the rest of the children chant a phrase related to the selected action (e.g., “Sprinkle spots! Sprinkle spots!”).
- Give each child a turn to pick a card and perform the associated action, reminding them that all the actions start with /sp/.
Tongue twisters with /sp/
- Help the children practice making the /sp/ sound by emphasizing it in words from the activity (e.g., /sp/, /sp/, spill).
- Have the children echo a phrase made up of /sp/ words (e.g., “Spin, spin, spin the spots,” “We spread spilled spots.”).
Blend sounds into words
- Have the children blend word parts into whole words by tapping their head when they say the beginning /sp/ sound, then touching their toes when they say the ending, and finally clapping once when they say the whole word together. For example: sp (tap head) + ot (tap toes) = spot (clap hands).
- sp + ot = spot
- sp + at = spat
- sp + ill = spill
- sp + in = spin
SEEL At Home
Recognize and produce the /sp/ sound in a series of words that all begin with /sp/.
- Action word cards
- 3–4 /sp/ items (e.g., spoons, spaghetti, spots, Spam)
Activity: Spill and Sprinkle
- Take turns drawing an action card out of the bowl and choosing a /sp/ item (e.g., spoon).
- As you do the action with the chosen item, repeat an alliterative phrase that goes along with the action (e.g., "Spin the spoon!" or "Spill the spaghetti!").
- When you have finished, help your child think of an action that starts with /sp/, then say it together, emphasizing the /sp/ sound (e.g., /sp/, /sp/, spin).
- Repeat with other /sp/ words, adding actions if desired.
Spill and Sprinkle