Help your child develop their language and literacy skills with this beginning sounds activity. Put the fire out by matching the fire extinguisher to the object shown in the fire!

Set It Up

For this activity you will need:

  • Paper

  • Printer

  • Scissors

  • Optional: laminator to reuse the game

Below are the supplies I use personally at home. After doing so many printable activities, I’ve found that it’s most helpful to always have these basic supplies on hand. 

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Start It Up

Print out either the upper or lowercase sheets and cut up the puzzle pieces. Mr. R used the uppercase ones.

We put all the fires in one pile and spread out the letter fire extinguishers so Mr. R could search through them more easily and match up the puzzles.

Level It Up

If you put the fire extinguishers in one pile and spread out the object pictures instead, it can actually make it harder and prolong play time because the child has to say each item out loud or in their head before deciding whether it matches up with the fire extinguisher.

Doing it the other way around, like we did with Mr. R, they only need to say that one object’s name, figure out the beginning letter and then they search for it straightaway.

Using the lowercase sheets may also make it more difficult for some children if they are not used to recognizing lowercase yet.

Pair It Up

Dr. Seuss’ ABC and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom are both classic children’s books to help learn the alphabet.

Jolly Phonics is a comprehensive program that teaches phonics sounds and reading in a fun way starting from preschool age. We have the CD playing in our car all the time because Mr. R loves their short songs. They also have workbooks that start from preschool age.

Also, check out more activities on letters and literacy skills here.