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Letter Recognition- 5 ways

June 11, 2017Rabbit Ideas

If I try to sit Little down and ‘Learn Letters’, it does not go down well. He is two, and that doesn’t sound like fun! So, here are five ways we have used this week to explore the letter ‘g’, with hands-on activities.

Using a peg board: I bought this peg board from Lidl for 2 or 3 pounds. Little is not at the stage yet of making the letter himself, but if I do it he will often start adding to the board, developing his fine-motor skills. Also, we talk about the letter as we are doing all of these activities, so he become more familiar with the sound.

Letter recognion 5 ways peg board

 

 

 

 

 

Play dough: You can get printable mats online, which you can laminate and stick the playdoh to the letter shape. Here we just made the shape with our hands and stuck little wooden letters into it.

letter recognition 5 ways playdough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through a story: We have probably read ‘The Billy Goats Gruff’ 25 times this week. The story has lots of words beginning with the letter ‘g’ in it: goats gruff, green grass, ‘Grrr’ went the Troll, etc. Every time we read it I emphasise the ‘g’ sound and Little lifts up his wooden letter to ‘match’ the sound we are making. We also made signs for ‘long curly horns’ which he loved repeating.

Painting: I drew around the wooden letter ‘g’ and we painted them with green paint. This was super easy and Little loves messy play so it was a win-win for him!

letter recognition 5 ways sensory bin

Mini sensory bin: This acitvity also helps to develop fine motor skills through using the jumbo tweezers to pick wooden letters from the rice. These tweezers are really useful- this affiliate link to the product on amazon will take you to the ones we use:

Do all these activities really work? They seem to be working for Little:

“Look mum, ggg!”

BINGO!

If your little one is ready to start learning their letters, you might find the FREE Rabbit Ideas Pre-reading Letter Mat and Challenge Cards useful.

 

Letter recognition 5 ways pin *Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links to products similar to ones we have used. If you purchase though the links, I may receive a small percentage of the profits to support the running of this blog. This will not affect the cost of the products to the buyer. 

*Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links to products similar to ones we have used. If you purchase though the links, I may receive a small percentage of the profits to support the running of this blog. This will not affect the cost of the products to the buyer. 

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Comments (7)

  • Nicole Roder

    June 17, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Such a cute idea! But please don’t worry about your child learning letters this early. He’ll come around to it when he’s ready. I never “tried” to teach any of my kids to read, but they all ended up being early readers anyway. I also know other kids who couldn’t read until they were 7 or 8, and that’s normal too. I think it’s wonderful that he loves playing with you so much. Well done putting so much time and energy into helping him grow! #thelistlinky

    1. rabbitideas

      June 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Nicole, thanks for your comment, no I am not worried about it at all, but it is fun and he enjoys doing it so we just play with learning letters. 🙂

  • lyliarose

    June 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Ooh I haven’t seen one of those peg boards for years! Popped by for a read thanks to #thelistlinky

  • feelingmumyet

    June 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Haha, lovely ideas! I adopted older children so I didn’t have this challenge, but it looks like fun so well done you! 🙂 #TheListLinky

  • Alana – Burnished Chaos

    June 21, 2017 at 5:35 am

    What a great idea, may have to do this with my 2 yr old x
    #TheListLinky

  • Alana – Burnished Chaos

    June 21, 2017 at 5:35 am

    What a great idea, may have to do this with my 2 yr old x
    #TheListLinky

  • Fridgesays

    October 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    #thesatsesh okay, so I adore all of these – so why is my 4yo allergic to anything creative! We had parents evening tonight and they’d like us to improve his gross motor skills – any ideas? P.s adore the bargain pin board

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