Cork board matching activities are so versatile you could use them for virtually any type of literacy task. With young children, they also take on the added challenge of helping to develop fine motor skills. Here are three ideas which we have had a play with this week:
This one is really straightforward yet it gives young children that added confidence and familiarity with letters. This could also be developed by using different fonts or styles of letter as well as matching upper and lower case letters together. There is a lot of debate as to how early is too early for explicitly teaching letters, but being familiar with them is crucial to developing other literacy skills. Like anything else, letters can be taught in an engaging and age-appropriate way which children enjoy. (For a free download to help children to learn letters, check out the Rabbit Ideas Pre-reading Letter Mat and Challenge Cards!)
This is a great idea for young pre-schoolers or toddlers, who are just starting to explore through more structured activities. This could be done with pompoms, coloured bowls, pencils, fruit, the list is virtually endless! It also opens up the potential for further discussion. At the moment, Little is struggling to remember the colour ‘Yellow’. Instead he says- Like the sun in the sky, like that felt tip there, like sand at the beach. By using these similes he is developing his vocabulary and showing me that he knows the colour, he is just working on recalling and pronouncing the word ‘yellow’ at the moment.
This is more challenging, but older pre-schoolers might be interested in starting to match rhyming words together. Big quickly got the hang of this and was keen to share other rhyming words he been practicing at school, too. This is also a great speaking and listening exercise and can be adapted easily by giving clues if needed until they work it out for themselves. I posted this idea on Instagram and it had some people flummoxed- the objects are: Carrot, Dog, Sat, Parrot, Log and Cat if that helps…
Have you ever used cork boards for this kind of activity? I’d love to see your ideas- please tag me on @rabbit_ideas on Instagram!
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