Learning the Letter “V”
by Tina Irizarry on May 21, 2020 1
Letter V is an easy one to draw, but it can be awfully tough mastering how to say it. In fact, most kids won’t learn to properly pronounce this sound until they are 4-5 years old! That being said, you and your little one can still have plenty of fun with letter V.
You can use the included printable to play two simple games that focus on that tricky letter V sound. Download and print the sheet, then carefully cut apart the vegetable cards. Be sure to keep them in a resealable plastic bag in between play sessions so they won’t get lost.
Game #1: Matching
- Separate the vegetable cards into two equal sets – one for you, one for your preschooler.
- Lay your preschooler’s vegetables in a row on the table or floor in front of them.
- One by one, show a card to your preschooler and ask, “Where is this vegetable?”
- If they can point to the match, you declare “Victory! V is for Vegetable!”
Game #2: Making Soup
- Get a small cooking pot and wooden spoon from the kitchen.
- Explain that you are going to make Letter V soup together. Only things that start with v can be added to the soup!
- Move through the room together, proposing different items for your soup. First, ask your preschooler about some items that definitely don’t qualify. For example, “Pepper! I like pepper. Does pepper start with v?” (Little people love to call out silly grownups when they get something wrong, so expect some very energetic no’s!)
- Every few letters, circle back to your pile of vegetable cards. “How about vegetable? Does vegetable start with V?” Add one or two of your cards to the pot.
- Once you’ve gone through a few rounds of this, stir up your soup and take some pretend bites together.
- If you have other V-items around, turn them into soup too! A small bottle of vanilla, a toy van, paper valentines, and wild-growing violets from the yard are all great choices.
After playing hard, you may both need a snack. You can learn the shape of letter V by shaping it out of real vegetables. Carrot sticks, celery, and strips of cucumber are all nice, straight shapes that are suitable for making V’s.
Don’t be vexed – verily, a valiant effort will vanquish your troubles with vicious, villainous Letter V!