creative sound play

Sounding Out Names – a fun, skill-building activity


While browsing the National Head Start Association’s website and checking out their resource library, I found this great activity! Just as MGOL’s “Rum Pum Pum” activity builds upon each child’s familiarity with their own name, Hayes Greenfield introduces Creative Sound Play (CPS). Building upon names, this joyful game sparks the imagination while enhancing self-control, exercising working memory, sparking creativity and flexibility, practicing phonemic and phonological awareness by learning and sounding out their names, using active listening skills by participating in a call-and-response activity, raising confidence and self-esteem by becoming both a good caller and a good responder. The four minute and 22 second video by Hayes Greenfield entitled “Sounding Out Names with Creative Sound Play” is all you need to learn the “how” and “why” that will enable you to easily add this activity into your programs!

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About Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen

A renowned national speaker and accomplished author, Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen is best known as the creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, an award-winning early literacy program. Her charismatic presentations always include an easily-understandable combination of research and practice. Recognized by the ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award for “revolutionizing the way librarians work with children from birth to age 3” and the 2018 Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries, Betsy’s passion is for helping children and the adults in their lives be the best they can be while sparking a love of reading.