Sequence For Kids – Teaching Syllables


A toddler is playing with a wooden train

Sequence for kids during the early childhood years

The sequence for kids is a great way of teaching your child about syllables. In addition, it promotes developing their reasoning skills, forming their judgments and use of common sense.

Research suggests that by the age 8-9 months children are already learning about words structure and grammar rules through syllables that they heard. Infants at the age of 10 months can detect differences in syllables by listening for sound regularities. Speech analysis helps young learners acquire information about their surrounding world and processes in it. Therefore, it prepares children for language development.

Children are also capable to detect regularities in the sequence of words and sequence of events through various sequencing activities and sequencing worksheets. Hence, children are capable of “decoding” an adult’s speech and finding regularities and irregularities in it.

When a child feels comfortable reading single syllable words, you know he/she is ready to move a step further – towards multisyllabic words.

As you know by now, language activities will be perceived better by a child if it is presented in the form of a game. And syllable words are not an exception! Let’s prepare for our sequence game, which is a great example of reading games for kids.

Sequence of a red apple being eaten


Sequence for kids

Sequence games play an important role in children’s language development among other reading activities.

Materials: cardboard, construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons or markers, alphabet wooden blocks.


  1. Firstly, make cards from cardboard or construction paper in the shape of a train. Your train should have three wagons. Then add wheels, doors, and windows to your train. Either by cutting and adding glued construction paper or by drawing them with markers or crayons.
  2. Clearly identify where the beginning of the train is and add your wagons to it. An easy way to do it will be to add eyes and mouth to create a “face” of the train.
  3. At some point, start teaching your child how to divide easily spelled words into syllables. For example, words that consist of two already known words, like “catfish”, “downhill”, “sunset”, “dishwasher”.
  4. Later, you can introduce your child to other basic words.
  5. Then, ask your child to tell you about words he/she wants to learn. It should be something he/she is interested in. Let’s imagine, your child answers - “I want to learn the word escalator because I love being on them”.
  6. Ask your child to find the right alphabet letter sounds from your alphabet letter blocks or alphabet flash cards. If he/she is having difficulties ask them “What is the first sound you can hear?” Your child might say a sound “e”. Ask him/her what is the next sound he/she can hear and so on.
  7. Afterward, discuss with your child that long words can be divided into syllables and that each syllable has one vowel. Explain the difference between open and closed syllables. In open syllables, nothing comes after a vowel, and in closed, there is a consonant after a vowel.
  8. As a way of teaching your child about two types of syllables, you can always add various reading, singing, dancing, and clapping activities. Ask your child to clap once for an open syllable or twice for a closed one during a poem reading activity. Use funny riddles, nursery rhymes, fingerplays that your child is familiar with. You can use syllable books or syllable worksheets with text divided into syllables for further learning.
  9. Then, you can try putting first syllable “es” at the beginning of the train. Ask your child what syllable goes on the first, second and third wagons.
  10. Later, you can give your child an opportunity to put syllables in the right places by himself/herself. Tell him/her that it was a very windy day and the wagons got mixed up. Change the syllables around to create a no-sense word like – es-la-tor-ca. Ask your child to fix the train.
  11. Lastly, try dividing your child’s other favorite words into syllables. It’s a great way of learning new words! Children who perfect dividing words into syllables are usually very good readers and excellent spellers as well.

A mother and a son are sitting together and looking at each other

To sum up, the sequence for kids is one of the best reading games. It’s a way of moving your child on a different reading level. By adding songs, fingerplays and dancing activities to it you can teach your child reading and make it truly enjoyable!