J’s been noticing letters lately and will point at any letter he sees. He doesn’t know all the letters yet and calls every letter either “s” or “o”. I know he’s found letters when I hear “Essss…Ooooh…Essss” from the other room. It’s either that, or he’s putting out some sort of distress call.
I’ve decided to take advantage of this interest and start doing some letter recognition games.
The first activity I did had to be a sensory box, because he loves sensory boxes! I put together an alphabet sensory tray using magnetic letters and cornmeal.
I started out by spreading the letters in the bottom of the tray.
I then topped them with cornmeal and made sure all the letters were hidden.
J went straight in and dug out the letters.
We then practiced saying the correct name for the letter as we placed them on the refrigerator.
This was a fun sensory and early literacy activity for J. Hopefully, he’ll learn a few more letters than just S and O!
How did you start teaching your child letter recognition? I’m always looking for new ideas!
One of the first places my oldest paid attn to letters was when we were reading, “Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother too?” by Eric Carle because the fun lettering on the title. He loved pointing out the letters he recognized.
We also love rice in the same way you used the corn meal. Mine love to go on hunts. I put all sorts of things in plastic eggs; letters being one. And the letters make fun noises when they shake the eggs.
Fun idea! We use cornmeal at our Early Childhood classes for sensory all the time. I’m going to try this with letters in it. Cute!
Carolyn @ Mama's Little Muse
I love it!
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That’s a great idea! Wouldn’t it be fun, when he’s older, to hide the letters to a simple word in it- then he could discover the letters AND decipher the word… hmm, I need to remember that for myself too 🙂 Isia enjoys the letter/animal cards from Eric Carle. They’re very sturdy & she loves going through them with us.
I worked with foam letters in the bathtub with my son.
I love this idea! I definitely want to give it a try with my daughter!
Growing a Jeweled Rose
We have set up some letter hunting activities too! Such a fun way to learn letters. Thanks for sharing with Tuesday Tots. I have pinned it to the Tuesday Tot board 🙂
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