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Pound the Sound: a sensory sound game for preschoolers

In my last post, I shared about Preschool Hammer Practice using common household items. Today, we’re going to extend the activity by adding some letter sound practice!

Pound the Sound: a sensory game for preschoolers

Prep your materials:

Using a marker, write letters on your piece of styrofoam. You can choose target letters that you are working on, or write the entire alphabet, that’s up to you.

Pound the Sound: a sensory sound game for preschoolers

Ideas for Play:

  • Say a letter name. Have your child find the letter and “pound their golf tee into the letter.
  • Say a letter sound. Have your child “pound” their golf tee into the letter that makes that sound.
  • Say a word. Have your child “pound” their golf tee into the letter that begins with that sound.
  • Say a word. Have your child “pound” their golf tee into the letter that ends with that sound.
  • Use a set of beginning/ending sound picture cards. Your child will draw a card from the pile and “pound” the corresponding sound.

Math Ideas~ I could totally see this working for numbers, too! {It was just more fun to have a catchy name like “Pound the Sound.”}

  • Say a number. Have them find it and “pound” the number.
  • Math Facts! Have them “pound” the answer.

Pound the Sound: a sensory sound game for preschoolers

Jonah absolutely LOVED this. I always try to use different words when we practice sounds. I want to ensure he’s really paying attention to the sound, not just memorizing certain words that I use over and over. So, I pull out really random things…which results in giggles all around. All that to say, get creative and have fun!

What other ideas do you have to extend this activity? Tell us in the comments!

{ 16 comments… add one }

  • Jill June 20, 2012, 9:59 pm

    What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sara June 20, 2012, 10:01 pm

      You’re welcome, Jill! Thanks for letting me know you liked it!

  • Susann June 21, 2012, 11:10 am

    I love this! I have a 5 year old that this will be great for! Thank you!

  • Robin Dance June 22, 2012, 4:04 am

    Saw your instagram note on this and had to check it out (this is the one, right?).

    I think you’re BRILLIANT!!

    The end :)


    • Sara June 22, 2012, 8:01 am

      Yes! Crazy amounts of pinning on this one! Thank you for stopping by friend! I think you’re pretty brilliant, too. :)

  • JDaniel4's Mom June 27, 2012, 10:52 am

    We are going to do this! JDaniel will love getting to hammer in tees and I will love his working on letters.

  • Coby June 27, 2012, 11:46 am

    This is genius! I plan to use it for my 5 year-olds with phonics!

    I could also use it for my almost 3 year-old with colors or shapes – just draw the shapes on the styrofoam, or draw little squares of different colors. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

    • Sara June 28, 2012, 10:05 pm

      Great idea, Coby! The shapes and colors idea would work really well, too! We’re past that stage for now, so I sometimes forget those skills. Thanks for sharing your ideas to help others!

  • Kayla @ Preschool Lesson Plans June 28, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Fabulous idea, Sara! We featured you at our blog, Preschool Lesson Plans…

    You can find the full feature here:

    We were sure to give idea/photo credit, as well as a link back to your site, but we’d love for you to take a look! :D

    Have a wonderful day,

  • Marissa August 30, 2012, 5:19 pm

    Love this – I am going to try it with numbers right away – my oldest is going to have a blast with this learning game. Thanks for the idea!Oh, and I had to pin this ;)

    • Sara September 4, 2012, 5:42 pm

      Thanks, Marissa! Pin away! Hope your little one enjoyed it.

  • Laura @ Lalymom March 14, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Oh this is awesome!! We JUST did hammering at our house! Love the sounds idea!!

  • Shannon June 7, 2014, 9:56 am

    Love this idea….but where do you find the styrofoam? The cheapest I’ve found is $7 for a small block of it, and that’s a bit much for one activity.

    • Sara McClure August 1, 2014, 2:55 am

      I just use styrofoam that comes in boxes when we make a big purchase. I have also seen small styrofoam blocks at the Dollar Tree. I would ask friends, too!

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