If your kids are like my kids, they love painting, play dough, slime, sticks, and anything they can get messy doing. So I designed a few fun activities around those things to help them become more interested in practicing their letters and writing and identifying their names. These are so much more fun then just tracing and coloring a paper. I hope you enjoy.
SALT, SAND, FLOUR TRAYS
- Find a pan in the kitchen fill it with flour or salt. If you have sand you can do sand as well. It is also fun to add bright colored construction paper at the bottom of the pan.
- They can use their fingers and or paint brush to write and practice their letters or name.
- Mine loved this sensory activity.
- Sticks. We collected sticks in the backyard and practiced making and identifying certain letters with sticks. You can also use popsicle sticks. We talked about all things that start with the letter A and we went around the house and collected some items. Apples, airplane, ant.
- Play-dough or Clay. You can create and make letters using play-dough. I sometimes cover the pages with protected plastic covers when we do this activity but not necessary.
- Pasta noodles. This is fun you can have them glue pasta noodles to the paper to make their letters or just place them in the square so that you can re use the booklet.
- Paint and Colors. You can have them try to paint the letters with fun colorful paint. My kiddos love using q-tips to do this. Easy Peezy. Then go around looking for things that start with the letter D. Dinosaurs, donuts, dad.
Each letter we learn we always go on a scavenger hunt to find things that start with that particular letter we are learning. I usually have them do this independently and they come back to show me what they find. I love to think more nature type things but you can use anything around the house you have. A-acorn B-bugs C-colors
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STICK NAME WRITING
We have also practiced making our names with sticks outdoors. Again, identifying their name is an important skill and then writing it comes ladder. When they are ready to write their name they will show you this naturally. In the mean time, it is good to keep using those fine motor skills.
There a lot of ABC puzzles you can find off Amazon that are fun to do. We usually do these during quiet time. Here are few of my favorites. I love anything Melissa and Doug.
Sorry you cant see the letters very well but on this one at the top I wrote the (big letters) A B C D E and at the bottom I wrote the little letters ( a b c d..). All out of order and he used a marker to match the big letter to the small letter. He wanted to do this one over and over. At the end, I drew his name and he painted it. Again, identifying his name first then writing it. Which he can at the age of 4 write his name, but it is ok if your toddler cant yet. It will come with practice and interest.
GROSS MOTOR ALPHABET
This activity is a lot of fun if you have a high energy tot. I place these different alphabet letters on the floor and call out a letter and they would hop and jump to that letter. It is a fun activity to get your kids moving. You can do this outside too like hop scotch and use chalk.
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What are some other ways you have practiced the alphabet with your kids? I would love to hear from you.
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