This is a simple match the word to the picture activity. It can be used as part of a spelling or reading lesson. Here I drew simple pictures. And, I mixed up the labels for the pictures on the right hand side.
Why did I choose to show you this activity? I did it for a few different reasons.
First of all, I did it to give you some insight as to the type of activities I used to teach my brother reading and spelling when I was a young child. Apparently a teacher gave me similar activity at one time. I enjoyed it, so I thought my brother would enjoy it as well. What a wonderful way to tell that it is an effective tool... have a child spontaneously give the same activity to her brother in "playing school."
Secondly, this activity is fairly easy to do. And, you don't have to be an artist in order to do it. When I was little, sometimes I would give blank squares and have my brother even draw the pictures. And, today, there is clipart that can be easily used at home. I did this in Photoshop, but back then I did it with pencil and paper. Sometimes, I would turn it into a coloring activity as well and have my brother color the pictures after he was done the matching.
Finally, this activity in an example of something that can be done together with your child. I had a homeschooling mom tell me once that she wanted to wait until she could buy a curriculum until she taught her children. But... there are things you can do without a curriculum. Learning doesn't always need a curriculum. Learning can be a spontaneous, spur of the moment sort of thing.
The point is... the most effective teaching is when you make the subject fun. It isn't the curriculum you choose. It isn't something that has to be complicated. Sometimes the motivation to learn is to spend some quality time with a loved one. You don't have to be perfect at teaching, just willing to try.