Little children learn through play. Now my twins are in their last year before starting school, I thought I should try introducing them a bit more to letters. I want to make it fun, and hope they just pick things up through repetition and hands on exploration.
This is what we are playing……
Giant alphabet jigsaw puzzle
We worked together to complete a giant floor alphabet puzzle, singing the alphabet song as we did it. We had fun discussing the letters and trying to work out what each letter sounds like.
We played a game of musical letters. Basically, musical bumps, but with letters.
I wrote out several letters on different coloured paper and spread them over the floor. We danced around to music and when the music stopped I called out a letter which they had to find and sit on.
It was great fun, they got exercise, music, dancing and letter learning all at the same time! They laughed and giggled excitedly the whole time. It is well worth a play if you get the chance.
Sorry about the blurry photos, but the children were having so much fun dancing around I couldn’t get a non blurry picture!
Learning to write can be difficult, so it is good to give children opportunities for different ways of practicing writing, where they can get hands on with textures etc and where it doesn’t always feel like they are sitting down with pen and paper.
I got a plastic sealable bag and put some hair gel (very cheap from any supermarket) in it. Sealed the bag and voila…..the children can play around and explore with making letter shapes.
My children all had fun with these games and explorations. I will be using these again, as they will need lots of repetition before they start recognising letters. But the key is to make it fun and they will love it!