Alliteration usually develops around 4-5 years of age and is a sensitivity to the initial sounds of two or more words such as, ‘big brown bears bounce before breakfast’, or Dr Seuss’, ‘Luke Luck licks lakes’. Odd-man-out tasks can be useful for determining a child’s alliterative knowledge where the child is asked to listen to ball, bat, tub and bird, and identify the word that doesn’t belong. A more complex task is for the child to construct their own alliterative phrase.
Alliteration detection – Which object starts with the same sound as cup? Corn or man?
Alliteration categorisation – Find all the objects (in this room/bag/set of picture cards) that begin with /s/.
Alliteration construction – Can you say a sentence where all the words start with the same sound?
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