This idea came to me as I was getting out construction paper for J to make his Great Grandpa a card to send in the mail. I got the materials ready in a matter of minutes while J waited patiently 🙂 It’s certainly not a flashy card, but it offered great reinforcement with his letters and J enjoyed creating it.
PREP: I wrote out a message on the construction paper, leaving out the first letter of each word. I placed in its stead (is that how you use that word??) an empty box so that J knew where the glue (and letter) should go. Then, with another color of paper, I wrote the missing letters and cut them out.
With J: I set out all the missing letters along with some glue and the actual card in front of him. We started with the first word of the message (_appy); I pointed out that this was a word but it was missing the first letter. I said the word, emphasizing the H sound and then told him he needed to added the letter H to finish the word. He would search out the correct letter and glue it in place. **One of the tv shows he gets to watch a few times each week is Word World where they build words to create the different characters and props for the show. J has been pushing letters together ever since, claiming he created a word like on the show. This activity really just put into practice what he saw on tv.**
He finished all the words in the message, added the hearts, stickers and a drawing on the card. It’s really a simple card, but it was a great way to emphasize the letter sounds and reinforce the letter names. In fact, I discovered that he knows the letter Y, something I personally haven’t taught him.
As I was picking up, I realized that I could’ve used letter stickers instead of having to write and cut out the letters. That would’ve made for even less prep for the activity.
Age: 26 months
Future Use: I think next time I will use this as a way to test his knowledge of the letter sounds. Instead of giving him the name of the letter along with the sound, I will just ask him to find the letter that makes the sound “sss”…
This would also be a good plane activity, but I would definitely use stickers rather than glue on the plane. 🙂