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Superhero letter play

February 22, 2018Jenny

*This post contains some affiliate links. 

Recently, Little was given a superhero set of toys with a playmat and book. I have been trying to find interactive was to practice letters with him, and decided to use the superhero set to create a play set-up which he could explore at his own pace.

First, I set up the mat and characters, I taped the mat to the table so it would not easily move or knock the characters over. Next, I used some wooden letter shapes we had as stencils and drew around them to make ‘superhero’ words. These were mostly ‘CVC’ words (consonant, vowel, consonant) which are often part of the early word groups which children pick up and learn to read.

The aim was not for Little to be able to read the words, necessarily, more for him to become familiar with the shapes of letters and begin matching them by putting the right letter on the right shape. As he did this we talked about the letters, what sound they make, and the words we were making, too.

We kept this activity up for a while and he pottered with the characters, making them walk and fly on or over the letters and words, as well as jump along the star stickers. To extend this further, you could turn it into a superhero mark making activity, by providing pens and pencils for children to make marks or begin to trace letters, too.

Little is a funny character, very interested in how things work, but not keen to perform. He will become uncooperative if he gets wind of you trying to ‘teach’ him anything! By relaxing into his learning and providing him with chances to familiarise himself with letters and numbers at his own pace, he can control his own learning, which seems to work best for him, at the moment.

This is the affiliate link to the letters we used:
Melissa & Doug See & Spell Wooden Educational Toy With 8 Double-Sided Spelling Boards and 64 Letters

It is so interesting how children learn differently, and how their preferences change as they go through different developmental stages, too! How do your children like to learn? Have you ever used superheroes for literacy play before?

Superhero Letter play blog post contains affiliate links. #letterrecognition #cvcwords #superhero

*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 (8)

  • Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    February 27, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    What a great idea! It looks like it went down well with little. Thanks for linking up to #thesatsesh

    1. Jenny

      March 1, 2018 at 10:57 am

      Thanks for reading, yes, he likes to potter and do things in his own way, so it worked well. 😉

  • Sumra

    March 1, 2018 at 4:01 am

    What a fun idea! I have the same puzzle letters. This is so creative, I’ll try it but with a different theme, as I have two daughters who don’t know the superheroes. #thesatsesh

    1. Jenny

      March 1, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Ah, great idea. Yes, it is quite flexible, you would do the same but for a different theme, let us know how you got on! 🙂

  • Alana – Burnished Chaos

    March 2, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Great idea. My son was always the same, he loved learning new things but if he cottoned on to the fact it was ‘learning’ he was off like a shot.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

    1. Jenny

      March 3, 2018 at 6:02 am

      Haha! Yes, they are funny aren’t they?! Thank you for reading.

  • Claire @ The Ladybirds’ adventures

    March 3, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve not used superheros for literacy play but we do have books with superheros in. Thanks for joining #bloggerpinparty

  • Carol Cameleon

    March 3, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    What a great idea! I’m with you that it’s incredible to see how their learning changes depending on their developmental stage. We never did anything like this at home though. #bloggerpinparty

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