Superhero letter play
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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?
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