Lay out a selection of familiar objects with names that contain three sounds (phonemes) (e.g. l-ea-f, sh-ee-p, s-oa-p, f-i-sh, s-o-ck, b-u-s). Check that all the children can recognise each object. Bring out the sound-talking toy and ask the children to listen carefully while it says the names of one of the objects in sound-talk so they can help it to put the sounds together and say the word. The toy then sound-talks the word, leaving a short gap between each sound. Encourage the children to say the word and identify the object. All the children can then repeat the sounds and blend them together – it is important that they do this and don’t simply listen to the adult doing so.