j - jump, jump, jump and blend

Updated: May 2, 2020


Spread out some sound cards. Pick sounds that they have been taught, so that they can revisit and practise them. Say a sound and ask your child to jump on the correct card.

This is a great activity for children that like to be active and move around. My son loves to jump! He is only 2 and doesn’t know the sounds but he enjoyed joining in and jumping on the cards. Sometimes his big sister pointed to the ones he needed to jump on.

Introduce the j sound. Can they hear it at the start or jump? Children sometimes get j and i mixed up because they look quite similar. Look closely at the two letters and talk about what it the same (both have a dot) and what is different (j has a long tail). Discuss that insects are small like the i and jumps are really big like the j.

Hide the cards behind your back and show one of them. If it is the j card they should jump on the spot. If it is the i card they should crawl like an insect. Repeat a few times.


Put three sound cards on the floor to make a CVC word (consonant vowel consonant). Alternatively write them on the patio using chalk. Ask your child to jump along and say the sounds as they land on the card. When they get to the end ask them to blend the sounds and say the word. E.g. j-e-t, jet.


Make a word using three cards. Hide it and then ask your child to write it or spell it using magnetic letters. Alternatively, they could rearrange the sound cards that you used to make the word.

Words: jam, jet, jog, Jack, Jill, Jen.

If you have a go at this activity and share any photos on social media I would love to see them. Please tag @miniwritersclub and use #miniwritersclub and let me know who you get on.


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