Stretch and Say: A Reading Activity
Beginning readers need practice “sounding out” and “blending” letter sounds back into words—in classrooms, you can expect to see activities, worksheets, and flashcards all devoted to developing this skill. But even with all these resources, it can be hard for kids to figure out how individual letters can really blend together to make a word. Here's an easy, at-home activity that uses elastic to help your child build concrete, visual connections to the reading process.
What You Need:
- 1–2 yards of 3", white elastic, available in any sewing department or store
- Permanent marker
- Optional: Colored masking tape