Planning a transportation theme for your upcoming kindergarten year? This simple traffic light matching activity is such a fun way to expand your early literacy practice and work on letter recognition, beginning sounds, and more!
Traffic Light Beginning Sounds
Before they can learn to read, children first have to learn the sounds that each of the letters of the alphabet makes.
Once they’ve learned their letter sounds, then they’ll be able to start figuring where exactly those sounds fit into the words that they’re trying to read.
Now that we have started working on learning letter sounds in our homeschool, I wanted to find ways to make it a fun and interactive experience for my kindergartner and I am happy to say that this transportation themed beginning sound matching activity fit that bill perfectly!
It fits perfectly into a transportation theme unit if your little learner is just as obsessed with cars, trucks, and airplanes as my little guy is and it’s a great way to work on those early literacy skills without it seeming too much like work.
Preparing the Traffic Light Beginning Sound Activity
The set up for this early literacy activity is super simple. You’ll need:
- The traffic light beginning sounds printable file (below)
- Card stock
- Laminator (optional)
Once you’ve printed off all of the traffic light pieces, you’ll want to cut them out and laminate them for durability. We love this laminator, but clear contact paper works just as well in a pinch and means that these resources can be prepared once and used over and over again.
When your pieces are ready, the fun begins!
We started this activity by separating our “traffic lights” into three piles. Red, yellow, and green.
For the first light, we randomly picked a circle from the red pile and the kindergartner would name the uppercase letter and place it where you would normally find the red light on a real traffic light.
From there, since we had our starting point, we would look through the yellow pile and file the matching lowercase letter and add that to our traffic light as well.
When the first two lights were in their place, it was time to move on to the green light.
These lights contain pictures of objects that begin with each letter and just like the red and yellow lights, you will look for the light that begins with the letter that fits.
All 26 letters are included in the printable file with the pictures for the vowels all beginning with the short vowel sound to make this activity perfect for those little ones that are just beginning to learn their letter sounds.