Sipping Strawberry Sodas with a Straw

We have a great recipe and fun activity for  teaching the letter Ss…one that involves strawberries and/or  strawberry soda.    This activity makes a nice cool, summer treat.  It is also fun for Valentine’s Day, or Christmas because it is red.   The children love to see the soda ‘sizzle’ when added to the ice cream….  they can hear and say the letter ‘Ss’ sound right along with the sizzling soda!  Try this activity to teach the letter Ss sound…  Ssssss.


Sipping Strawberry Sodas with a Straw


Strawberry Crush Soda

Vanilla Ice Cream



1)  Add vanilla ice cream to a glass

2)  Fill glass with Strawberry Crush soda

3)  Enjoy using your straw and spoon!  

Alternative Healthier recipe – blend strawberries, sugar and ice in a blender, and enjoy!  This recipe does not sizzle and make the Ss sound as much, but – it certainly is a fun activity and fun drink – and still helps in teaching the Ss sound.  

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  1. Your teaching skills are great for this letter.

  2. That would be a fun way to learn the letter S! Thanks for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday’s Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty’s Tuesday’s Pinterest Board!

    1. Thanks for checking out our site! Glad you enjoyed 🙂 I will be returning the favor soon. 🙂

  3. Love your teaching skills and love strawberries hehe.

  4. This is so fun! I think I would do the regular version for the full effect 😉

    1. I definitely prefer the regular version…it just makes a great sss sound and really is great at teaching the letter Ss in a fun way.

  5. Amber Albright says:

    Very clever!!

  6. I love the recipe for the strawberry soda. I’m going to have to try that soon!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Yes, definitely try the recipe…it makes a great Ssss noise, and the children love the special treat. 🙂

  7. I love this idea! Especially the healthy option 🙂

  8. I love this idea! My youngest grandson has a speech problem so we’re working really hard this summer to get ready for kindergarten. This will be fun. Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

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