The game that we are going to learn and play is called:

Letter/Sound/Word Jump

Here is how it works:

See it, say it, jump it!


Quickly recognize a letter and its sound.


Paper, markers or crayons.


This game requires space for a child to jump and license to shout at the top of her lungs. You can play this on a bed, on a trampoline, or at a pool.

letters photo

The Game

On separate pieces of paper, write five letters that your child is having trouble with and two or three letters that your child already knows. Review the name of each letter and the sound it makes. Start with consonants, since they’re easier to learn, and then move to vowels.

After the review, tell your child to start jumping and shouting. Then tell her you’re going to hold up one letter at a time.

(1) As soon as she sees it, she must shout the name of the letter and the sound it makes.

(2) If she does this correctly, put a check on the paper.

(3) If she earns three checks, she gets to grab the paper and keep it.

(4) If your child has trouble doing this, you call out the letter and sound and have her repeat it.


Once the child has mastered the letter and the sound, the next time you play, go directly to the word: See the letter and yell out a word that begins with the letter.

When your child has mastered the individual letters/sounds, move to consonant blends and words that begin with blends.

For more of a challenge, use ending sounds. For example, /p/ in hop or /mp/ in jump.


Show the letters in a different order every time.

Write all consonants in one color and all vowels in another color.

Every time you play this game, make sure you include letters you think your child knows. It never hurts to review.

If you don’t have anything safe for your child to jump on, adapt the game. For example, have your child run in a circle and grab the piece of paper—like a brass ring and shout out the letter/sound.

Be alert to what your child finds difficult and what she finds easy.

Before each round of the game, ask your child to help you pick letters she’d like to practice.