To recognise and write the letters ‘i’ and ‘n.’
To say the letter sounds
- Watch the YouTube clip to say them correctly.
i – is a bouncy sound.
n – is a stretchy sound.
Rhymes to help your child remember how to write the letters correctly
- Use the letter sound mat below
i – down the body and dot for the head.
n – down Nobby and over his net.
Activities to help recognise the letters
- Hide the letters in the garden and go on a letter sound hunt. Your child could move in different ways e.g. jump to the letter ‘i.’
- Hunt for miniature letters hidden in the garden/ around the lounge. They could use a magnifying glass if you have one.
- Spot letters in the story books you share together.
- Spot letters around the house on food packets, tv programmes, word art.
- Spot letters when you are out walking.
- Watch the alphablocks ‘i’ and ‘n’ episodes.
- Make the alphablocks ‘i’ and ‘n’ character using the printable sheet to colour and stick onto a tube.
Activities to support sound skills
- Give the children a collection of items and sort them into objects that begin with ‘i’, ‘n’ and other letters your child has previously learnt but may need more practise.
- Collect items from around the house that start with the letter sound ‘i’ and ‘n.’
- Play games such as ‘I spy’ to practise hearing the initial sounds in words.
Activities to help write the letters
- Practise mark making the letters using cars dipped in paint. Move the cars to write the letter, forming it correctly.
- Mark make in sand/ porridge oats/ flour/ salt/ sugar etc writing the letters using their finger.
- Mark make with magic water – water and glitter.
- Write the letters with chalk or with a paintbrush and water.
- Write the letters in play dough using a pencil.
- Write the letters using finger paints.
- Make dens using any large boxes you have and practise writing the letters in the boxes.
- Write on different surfaces e.g. in the mud, on foil, roll of old wallpaper, whiteboard, play dough etc.
- Sellotape pens to cars and move the cars to form the letters.
Please look at the document 'Additional activities to support your child's learning in 40-60 months' and the new document 'parent support activities 40-60 months Summer 2' for more ideas how to support your child in the different areas of learning.