Here is the final Screen Free Activity Box in our series. This box focuses on developing letter-based skills. There is a fun mix of writing, sounding out, recognition, and fine motor activities.
- Alphabet flashcards (Target, $1)
- Alphabet practice cards (Target, $1)
- Alphabet stamps and ink pad (Michael's, $1 each)
- White card, A4 piece cut into four
- Box of letter beads (Michael's, $8)
- Tongs (Learning Resources, part of 'Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set', $14.99)
Our trusty little activity box tester (and his giant cookie) were more than happy to test out this inviting box. Here are some more details about each activity.
1. Alphabet Flashcards: Letter recognition and sounding out
Anything new in a box seems to appeal to children and these flashcards were no different. As mentioned in the Number Box post, adding new materials is a great way to add excitement and interest. The flashcards can be used for letter recognition by simply showing the letter side and asking the child to say the letter. For a more challenging task, you can show the child the picture side and ask them to say the starting sound.
2. Letter Stamping: Upper and lowercase matching, and word formation
Stamps are always good fun but these cute little letter stamps are so perfect for when you are on-the-go. There was an uppercase and lowercase set so it was a good challenge to see if the little guy could match up the letters. He also enjoyed trying to stamp out come simple words, starting with his name.
3. Alphabet Practice Cards: letter recognition and writing
These are ideal for letter practice as they are wipe clean and can therefore easily be used over and over. We particularly like how each card offers dotted lines so that the letter can be traced, as well as written in full. There is also a picture and several words starting with that letter.
4. Letter Beads: Letter recognition, word formation and fine motor skills
It was nice to mix things up a little and provide a more hands on activity. This involved choosing letter beads and threading them onto some colourful string. Make sure you remember to tie a bead at the end to prevent searching for lost beads for the next hour of your life!
Hopefully the pictures show you just how much learning can occur by creating activity boxes like this one. Here at Creative QT we have a strong belief that learning should be fun and play-based. Always try to remember to keep activity boxes interesting and exciting so that the learning experience is a positive one!
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