Box and Bags

Box and Bags lesson plan

  • 1.

    Children who show interest in beginning consonant sounds will be successful in this activity. These children probably can recognize their own names and some friends’ names.

  • 2.

    Obtain a big box and 5 shopping bags.

  • 3.

    Guide children as they engage in this phonemic awareness activity. You might say, ;Who knows what this is? … Yes, it’s a drum. Let’s all say drum. … Listen to the beginning sound. Ddd…. drum. What letter stands for the ddd sound? Who would like to find th

  • 4.

    <ibTo make Box and Bags:</ib Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Put on a Crayola® Art Smock. Paint a big box, inside and out, with Crayola® Washable Tempera and So Big® Brushes. Dry overnight.

  • 5.

    On five big shopping bags, write the letters d, t, b, p, and s with a Crayola® Washable Marker. If the designs on the bags are distracting, write the letters on white paper and attach it to the bag with Crayola® School Glue.

  • 6.

    Find familiar objects such as these and mix them up in the box. • Letter t: towel, telephone, tape • Letter b: ball, book, block • Letter d: doll, duck, drum • Letter s: sock, sea shell, stapler • Letter p: paper, puppet, potato

  • 7.

    <ibTo play Box and Bags:</ib With one or two friends and an adult, name each item. Figure out from its sound which letter the word begins with. Place the object in the bag with that letter on it. Sort all the objects.


  • Asking Questions
  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Listening
  • Talking
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Large Motor
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Social & Emotional: Making Friends
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing