Monday, January 16, 2012

Learning Letters!

     I made a set of alphabet cards that cost me almost nothing. I used stuff I had around the apartment: cardstock, magazine pictures, stickers, photographs, some letter cut-outs, and a laminator I borrowed from a friend. One side of the cards have letters on them and the other side have a picture with a simple word.

     I use them to teach my son (and his cousin) their letters and letter sounds, and recently we came up with a fun game to play!
     First, I made four big letters on the floor with masking tape. You could also do two to make it easier. 

     The first level of this game is just calling out a letter and your child being able to identify and stand on the correct letter.

     The next level of this game is to match cards to the letters. Start out with just matching letters to letters.

     Then move on to matching the words to the letters they start with.  

     It’s a pretty simple game, and lots of fun! We have tried games where I just have him match cards in piles, but this game always goes much better. I think my son enjoys being active and actually moving his body... like most kids his age :-)

     Do you know of any good learning games that don't require sitting still?


  1. You are so AWESOME to give the toddlers a "whole" learning experience with audio, visual, and kinesthetic components because this is "real" learning that sticks with kids! I am totally going to steal this game and modify it for various subjects! I am teaching 2nd graders properties of matter and I am going to make a similar game. I will make cards with pictures of various solids, liquids and gasses then let the students move around the rug trying to sort their cards in the correct masking tape circles as fast and correctly as possible!!! They will LOVE it...and since it is too cold to go outside most days, this will give them some much needed moving around time - they enjoy it as much as the toddlers :P) Thanks so much for the great ideas!

    1. Thanks, Jen! You are so encouraging! It's good to get kids moving, especially in a class since some of the kids are probably kinesthetic learners.