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Listening Lions Listen for /s/ & /sh/ (including bonus printable for caregivers)
auditory discrimination /k/ and /t/

Weather you are working on auditory discrimination, phonemic awareness, or speech articulation, Listening Lions can help. This activity, based on minimal pairs /s/ and /sh/ is fun, productive and sure to keep children attending. 

What's included?
10 uniquely illustrated minimal pair cards (sell/shell, sign/shine, sip/ship, sour/shower, sock/shock, see/she, sack/shack, sigh/shy)
4 adorably illustrated listening lion craft-stick puppets and template to create a storage pocket.

7 coloring sheets 
1 10x7 listening board depicting 4 initial sound minimal pairs. 
Informative followup letter to caregivers about auditory discrimination and the benefits of this activity.
Parent-friendly article: Tips for Parents 10 Ways to Facilitate S

How Does it Work?
When targeting auditory discrimination the child is seated across from the "talker" (usually a teacher or a therapist but you may also consider working with peers as a group activity). The child holds the lion puppet in one hand and is encouraged to help the lion “jump” onto a given word. Determine which board you would like to use based on the degree of difficulty you feel is appropriate. The talker presents the words based on minimal pairs. For example, if the talker says “sell” and the child makes the lion jump on the picture of “sell”, the talker will then say the word “shell”. The pair "sell/shell" is presented several times until the child appears confident. Once the child seems comfortable with the minimal pair “sell/shell” the next pair is presented. When the talker says the word “rest” the child is to place the lion puppet on the circle at the bottom of the board. Use discretion about when to use “rest”. Some may prefer to say “rest” before introducing a new pair. Others may say “rest” to indicate the activity is finished. Listening Lions is also an effective way to get a child to practice saying words with a target sound. Simply reverse roles and have the child say the words while the you make the lion “jump”. 

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