You will need:
- A magnifying glass
- A selection of books
How to play:
There are many ways you can play the letter hunt game, depending on a child’s age or ability.
a) By using a magnifying glass, ask your child to search through the words in the book to find:
- Particular letters of the alphabet: These could be chosen by you or your child. You could focus on letters your child already recognises or letters they are just beginning to recognise
- Sounds: Children can look for the letters or letter combinations (digraphs, trigraphs) that make a particular sound (For example, kite, cat, duck, Christmas)
- Particular words of choice: For example, you could ask your child to find words of interest, new vocabulary, sight words or words that appear on their spelling lists
- Small words within larger words
b) Or you could simple leave an invitation for your child to explore the book in their own way.
Who knows what they will explore- letters, words, illustrations or endpapers???????????????
You don’t have to put a lot of effort into choosing which books to use. But if you want to be selective look for:
- Books that feature alliteration: This will give your child many opportunities to see and begin to recognise letters.
- Books that feature high frequency words