Have two children sit in rolling office chairs in front of the group. Present the children with a word containing two syllables. Say each syllable as you touch a child’s head, placing a definite pause between the syllables. Repeat the word with a smaller pause while pushing the chairs closer together. Ask the children to identify the word. When the word is identified, push the two chairs together.
Play the familiar game “I Spy” with a different twist. For example, using the names of objects in the room, tell the children “I spy a p-e-n” and see if they can guess what it is. If the children are able to segment words, have them take turns choosing things to spy.
Provide the children with several large marshmallows and toothpicks. Instruct the children to push the toothpicks into the sides of the marshmallows. Before giving the children a word, tell them how many marshmallows they will need for this turn. Place each marshmallow a few inches apart. As you say each syllable, touch each marshmallow with a definite pause in between. As you continue to say the word with smaller pauses, move the marshmallows closer together. When the children can identify the word, their marshmallows can connect and make a “train.”