Suggestions to support articulation development at home

  • Fun Activities to Promote Speech Sound Development

    All the sounds that are used in English can be practiced in play. The more these sounds are practiced and refined, the clearer they will become in speech.
    You might like to try some of the following activities with your child as part of other activities you're involved in together. Exaggerate both the sounds and your facial expression to give a clear model for your child to copy. Remember, you are making the sound, not saying the letter (so, for example, ‘mmm' not ‘em').
    • a boat that goes 'b' 'b' 'b' as it chugs along
    • a ball that bounces bbb
    • try peek-a-boo or something that says 'boo'
    • moving a cotton ball or kleenex by whispering a 'p' sound
    • blowing out candles
    • blowing bubbles
    • a car that goes mmm  
    • things that taste yummy - mmm 
    • tapping a hammer on anything
    • a dripping tap goes 't' 't' 't'
    • a ticking clock
    • pretend to be banging a drum 'd' 'd' 'd'
    • imitate a rabbit's teeth 'fff'
    • a sky rocket as it fizzes up 'fff'


    • a noisy plane, truck or car goes 'vvvvvv'
    • the train goes 'ch' 'ch' 'ch' toot toot
    • tell people to be quiet 'shhh' 


    • a snake sound 'sss'
    • the sound of air coming out of a tire 'sss'


    • bees or other flying insects can go 'zzz'
    • a noisy drinker goes 'g' 'g' 'g'
    • give dolls a drink or pretend to drink from a cup going 'g' 'g' 'g'
    • the click of a camera as a photo is taken
    Other sound sequences can be used to practice vowel sounds
    and help younger children to gain control over their lips and tongues:

    • animal noises
    • phone ringing - brring brring
    • exaggerated laughing - ho ho hee he ha ha
    • exaggerated crying - boo hoo
    • something's wrong or broken - uh oh, oh no
    • big smiles - eee
    • fish face, hooting like an owl ooo
    • blowing kisses