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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Alphabet Puzzle

This is a major hit with both my 4.5 year old and my 2.5 year old. It is great for learning to recognize uppercase and lowercase letters while incorporating fine motor skills.

AGE RANGE
As soon as they are old enough to know and recognize their letters. I got this idea from Preschooler's Busy Book, which is for ages 3-6, but as I said, Kaitlyn does this really well at 2.5.

SUPPLIES
  • Index Cards
  • Pen/marker
  • Scissors

PREP

  1. Write a capital letter on the left side of the index card and a lower case letter on the right side of the card.
  2. Cut each card in half. Cut in wavy or zig-zag lines. I used my scrap booking scissors.

ACTIVITY

  1. Set out sets of letters. To start, I just did about six matches (so 12 cards). As I saw they could handle more, I did more.
  2. Have your child find the matches.

HINTS

  • If you have an older child who knows letters really well, you might not want to do colored index cards because they can use the colors to help find the matches easier. What I did with Brayden was just set out all red cards together, all yellow cards, etc.
  • If you have a child who likes things perfect, do this activity on a table or another hard surface so the two pieces will fit together nicely :)

EXTENSIONS

  • If you do them on colored index cards, you can flip them over and do color matching.
  • You could also do this with numbers, shapes, mommy and baby animals, etc.

PHOTOS







2 comments:

Kyle, Amanda, and Tobias said...

Those look great! This is a great activity, we did something similar as a center in my kindergarten classroom.

christal said...

just happened across your blog today. you have some wonderful ideas here! looking forward to becoming a regular reader.

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