Box and Bags

Box and Bags lesson plan

Can you name this object?

  • 1.

    Children who show interest in beginning consonant sounds will be successful in this activity. These children probably can recognize their own names and some friends’ names.

  • 2.

    Obtain a big box and 5 shopping bags.

  • 3.

    Guide children as they engage in this phonemic awareness activity. You might say, Who knows what this is? … Yes, it’s a drum. Let’s all say drum. … Listen to the beginning sound. Ddd…. drum. What letter stands for the ddd sound?

  • 4.

    To make Box and Bags:Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Put on a Crayola® Art Smock. Paint a big box, inside and out, with Crayola® Washable Tempera and So Big® Brushes. Dry overnight.

  • 5.

    On five big shopping bags, write the letters d, t, b, p, and s with a Crayola® Washable Marker. If the designs on the bags are distracting, write the letters on white paper and attach it to the bag with Crayola® School Glue.

  • 6.

    Find familiar objects such as these and mix them up in the box. Letter t: towel, telephone, tape. Letter b: ball, book, block. Letter d: doll, duck, drum. Letter s: sock, sea shell, stapler. Letter p: paper, puppet, potato.

  • 7.

    To play Box and Bags: With one or two friends and an adult, name each item. Figure out from its sound which letter the word begins with. Place the object in the bag with that letter on it. Sort all the objects.


  • LA: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • LA: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Challenge students to move beyond single letters to working with consonant blends.