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Back in kindergarten, kids did lots of work with single letter-sounds like the “t” in turkey or the “d” in dog. Now that first grade’s here, they’re also going to need to be adept at recognizing lots of letter blends, such as “ch” or “sh.” Sounds like these probably seem like a cinch to you, but for little kids they can be tough. The sound of “ch,” for example, sounds so unlike either “c” or “h” that lots of justice-minded kids will complain that “it’s just not fair!” Fortunately, you can help make the rules of the game a lot easier to take. The key is familiarity, and practice really helps. Want a memorable and hilarious way to practice letter blends? Try this “Beanbag Letter Blend Toss.”