Before you start, you will need to hide some objects containing the ar sound around the room e.g. a toy car, shark, farm, jar and a card. Make a list of the objects. For younger siblings, you can draw the objects instead of writing the words.
Arrange some sound cards that your child has already been taught to make a car park. Say a sound and ask them to park their car on it. This is a good way to recap sounds to help them remember them.
You can involve younger siblings by taking it in turns to park and getting your older child to point to the space where they need to park.
Show the children the ar sound. Can they hear it in car park. Model how to segment the words (c-ar p-ar-k).
Read Shark in the Park on a Windy Day by Nick Sharrat. Can they spot the ar sound as you read? If you don’t have a copy of the book you can watch Nick Sharrat read it on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2RwvAHUAdc
Ask your child to make their own telescope by decorating a toilet roll tube. Then give them the list of words. They should read the word, and search for the objects that you have hidden, ticking it off when they find it.
You could finish the phonics session by decorating cards for family and friends and writing messages in them.
If you have a go at this activity and share any photos on social media please tag @miniwritersclub because I would love to see.