Talking Tins, from Talking Products and Amazon (affiliate link), allow you to record up to 20 seconds of sound and then play it back. As they are re-recordable the Talking Tins can be re-used time and time again.
This time I wanted to incorporate the Talking Tins into a literacy based activity. Adam currently loves traditional tales. He loves nothing more than laying on the sofa with Daddy and reading the repetitive stories. Daddy is very good at making each character sound different so you can normally hear the two of them giggling away. Since creating our own Three Little Pigs houses the story has become a firm favourite.
Setting up the activity was straight forward. I looked through our version of the Three Little Pigs by Miles Kelly (affiliate link) and located three phrases that are repeated throughout the book. I placed a number sticker next to each repeating phrase. I recorded Daddy saying each phrase onto the Talking Tin and added the corresponding numbers. If your child is not confident with numbers then you could add coloured stickers instead.
We placed the Talking Tins in front of Adam, below the book, and let him experiment with the each Talking Tin. Once he got over the novelty of Daddy’s voice coming out of the Talking Tin, we could show him the numbers within the book. Whenever he saw a number, Adam could press the corresponding Talking Tin.
The activity can be used to help aid story sequencing, retelling of a story and practise speaking and listening skills. Have a look at the Talking Tins in action:
Equipment (including affiliate links):
* Number stickers
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