Two summers ago, when my daughter was really getting interested in letters, I started playing a rhyming game with her in the car one day that was both lots of fun and educational. My daughter really got into it and we were able to play it for long stretches, which helped the travel time pass quickly for all of us.
It goes like this:
Parent: I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with ‘Cat’ and begins with the letter ‘B’
Child: (Answers may vary based on age and skill; parents are allowed to help as much as possible; lots of positive reinforcement is good because we are trying to make spelling fun for our kids!) The proper answer is ‘Bat.’
Next, the child can ask the parent. In our case, our daughter for many months would ask:
Child: I’m thinking of a letter and it starts with ‘M’ — it’s ‘My.’
(So she didn’t get the formula exactly, but she was thinking letters, feeling good, and making up questions).
Child: “Yes! Your turn, Daddy.”
Now that our daughter is five and a half, learning spelling in school, and has gained more mastery over her letters, she can properly formulate the question. AND we have added a super-bonus-challenge level!
Parent: I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with ‘Talk’ and begins with the letter ‘W.’
Parent: “Yes! Very good. Now for a super bonus challenge: I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with ‘Mat’ and begins with ‘F – L.’
Child: “Flat!” (Or a variety of correct or incorrect pronunciations based on the 2-letter combinations chosen. Obviously ‘Q -U’ is not going to produce great results at first, but the 2-letter combos are a great way to give your child a head start or reinforce what they are currently learning in school.
Wishing you safe travels and hoping that you and your child enjoy this game as much as we do.