I wanted to share a quick and un-original project that will help your pre-schoolers and young elementary students.
I had forgotten how practical and fun reading phones are for new readers until the girls and I were at one of our marathon home depot trips. I was trying to keep the girls smiling and was whispering secrets to them in the long plastic tubing isle. They thought the game was genius. I spotted PVC elbows across the isle, and remembered using phones in my teaching days.
I cheated though only used 2 PVC elbows. Cheap and easy... that's my game.
Here is a little behind the research. These phones help kids to drown out outside noise and help kids focus on the sounds and words they are forming.
...plus they are fun.