RAWR!!! Why would you do another boring worksheet to practice blending and segmenting words when you can do this fun activity? Your child will love using these homemade dino stamps to help them practice segmenting their words and blending sounds. Luckily for you, this uses items you most likely already have and if you have the lava cards from My Pre-K Box's The Dino Box, you are all set! Between the dino stamp and the lava cards from The Dino Box, your preschooler will be having so much fun they won’t even notice all they’re learning.
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What is blending and segmenting words?
Segmenting words is the process of breaking a word apart into each individual sound and then blending the sounds is the process of putting all those sounds back together. This is one of the most important foundational skills for preschoolers are they prep for learning to read.
DIY Dino Play Dough Stamps
a small square of cardboard
hot glue gun
a makeshift handle for your stamp (I used an old spice bottle)
lava cards from the November Pre-K Box
Step 1 You will draw a dino shape on the piece of cardboard. It will turn out better (and be easier for you to trace) if you simplify the shape.
Step 2 Use your glue gun to trace over the shape on your piece of cardboard and use hot glue to affix the cardboard shape to the makeshift handle.
Step 3 Have your child roll out some play dough in their favorite color and pick a word from your lava cards.
Step 4 Demonstrate for your child how to segment the word on the lava card and for each sound you hear, stamp the shape on the play dough.
Step 5 Once the word has been segmented, blend the individual sounds back together.
Step 6 Have your child repeat this process with 5 to 10 words, depending on the stamina of your child.
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