Outdoor Phonics Activity – Learn How to Teach Your Child How to Read!

Do you want to teach your child how to read? Are they a little reluctant to sit and look at grapheme cards? Then this activity may be perfect for your child. It’s incredibly easy to make, all you need to do is save your empty milk bottles. We used only five to keep things simple, but you can use as many as you like.

Outdoor phonics activity

Phonics Milk Bottles Activities!

You will need:

  • Empty milk bottles. We used five empty 4 pint bottles.
  • Scissors
  • Black marker pen or whiteboard pen.
  • String

Simply cut out a hole in the milk bottles and make sure there are no sharp edges. Write a letter sound on each bottle with marker pen. Then hang the milk bottles up by threading some string through the milk bottle handles and tying the string onto two chairs. Ask your child to tell you the letter sound and to go and find something beginning with that sound. Such as an apple for /a/. Then put the object in the correct corresponding milk bottle. Easy phonics activitiesPhonics activities

Hearing Initial Sounds in Words!

If your child isn’t yet able to recognise any letter sounds, then tell them what the sound is. Ask them to find something that starts with that sound. Make sure you have some items nearby that start with the letter sounds you have chosen to make the activity challenging but not impossible. They will love hunting for objects and putting them in the milk bottles.

Phase 1 phonics activities

Learning how to read

To teach my daughter phonics I used Read Write Inc speed sound cards. My daughter loves looking through the cards and pretending to be the teacher. To find out more about how to teach your child phonics, click here.  

Check out our Literacy page to find more phonics activities ideal for the home and the classroom. 


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