Letter Recognition- 5 ways
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.
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.
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!
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, g–g–g!”
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.
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