|Alphabet Soup Literacy Activity|
Here's a fun and simple literacy activity -
working on letter recognition, sensory play and learning phonics.
One of the things we are always told as our children are learning pre-reading skills is to create a 'print rich' home - but short of sticking signs on everything (door, toybox, loo roll) I was a bit stumped as to what this meant.
Vinnie has always loved playing with his magnetic letters, so I decided to keep them constantly available and to use them in more playtimes. I set out the letters he is confident with, plus one or two extra ones he has yet to learn in a bowl, along with some little metal cookie cutters in the capital versions of each letter. I popped them next to the rice tray, with our usual sensory play tools and let the kiddos discover them and decided what to do. And Alphabet Soup was born...
At first they just explored as they would any sensory tray, running their fingers through, burying the letters, scooping and pouring, but after a while Vin started mentioning which letters he was burying or discovering. As he picked out each letter I had a magnetic whiteboard with the letters written on it, where he could match them up if he wanted to (or pretend to eat them, which he did a lot!)
|P Soup - get it?!|
We had such a lovely playtime later this day too, when Vin pulled out the tray before bed and mommy and daddy both sat down to play as well. It was lovely seeing Vinnie confident with the letters and showing his dad what to do as well ('now feed me the 'o' daddy, feed me!')
You might have noticed there is always a lot of Sensory Play going on round here, and I have talked about using your child's interests and phases to your advantage before whether it's teaching Letters with Dinosaurs, making maths fun or practising fine motor skills without crayons - the key is to observe your child, let yourself be inspired by them (not the other way round) and work on things they already find fun.
ps check out this great little post from I Can Teach my Child based on learning based on your child's interests.
|Make learning fun using your child's interests and phases|