I came across this brilliant idea for sunbleached puzzles. They were so easy to create and great entertainment (and practice) for a puzzle-lover. It was also a great little lesson in the sun’s effects.
I set out foam bath letters and numbers on dark construction paper and left them to sunbathe awhile on the deck. J enjoyed watching the process, impressed by the magical results! We then brought it all inside to start putting it all together. You can make this activity more difficult by adding extra foam letters to the choices.
This is great practice at letter recognition. It’s also great way to help them learn how to spell their name, memorize their phone number or address.
The link above used magnetic letters and shape blocks to create their puzzles. You could also cut your own shapes out of colorful foam.
Posted in address, Counting, Early Preschool (3-4 years), Homemade Games, Letters, Life Skills, Name, Phone number, Puzzles, Shapes, Summer, Toddler (2-3 years)
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I remember making one of these in kindergarten. Ok, honestly my memory doesn’t work that far back but I do remember seeing the one I made in kindergarten.
J’s is not quite as fancy but it served the same purpose and he is just as proud of authoring his very first book. We even added it to his bookshelf and he often picks it out for us to read together!
PREP: I prefolded and stapled the pages together. (My teacher used a hole punch with rings to connect the pages.) I had a sheet of number stickers from an old workbook with both the numbers and objects to count. This made the prep-work simple since all I had to do was pull out one sheet of stickers. I did quickly add some stickers of like objects, cut into strips for him to count (a strip of 3 smiley face stickers, 4 stars, 5 balloons, etc.) and some individual stickers of a group of objects for him to count (a bouquet of flowers, a basket of eggs, etc).
ACTIVITY: We went through and wrote one number on each page. I then gave him the sheet of number stickers and he matched the stickers to the correct page. He then counted the items on each sticker to place on the correct page. We gave his book a title, “J’s Number Book” (genius I know!) and he had his very first book.
We did this activity at home while I fed baby brother. It required very little physical help from me. My job was basically to encourage. This would be a great travel activity.
This activity is great for so many ages. Who doesn’t love bubble wrap!! I must admit that I even still love popping the bubbles just like my 3 year old. This is also a great way to trick your child into showing off what they know, without them realizing what you’re up to.
Prep: All you need is a sheet of large bubble wrap and permanent markers. I filled in the bubbles with numbers, words, shapes, and letters.
During the activity: I called out something on the sheet and J found the correct bubble to pop. Simple as that. I will say that he did have some trouble popping some of the bubbles so about half-way through, I pulled out a toothpick and let him pop them bubbles that way. He thought this was just as fun (probably because he doesn’t get to play with toothpicks too often).
You could adapt this for any age to practice whatever they are currently learning from colors and shapes to addition or multiplication, rhyming or grouping.
Age attempted: 3 years
**ETA: I came across the blog where I originally found the idea. Check out The Activity Mom’s version**
This isn’t flashy and I’m even a bit embarassed to show this activity. BUT it’s a good way to incorporate some extra practice into your day. No need to get extravagant to teach a toddler! You really can’t get any easier than this and your little one will love it.
We had some leftover Cheez-it from a Sunday school activity, so I brought it home and put it to good use. I figured it doesn’t provide much nutritional value so I might as well get some education value out of it!
We’ve used it for counting practice. I called out a number and he had to find the cracker with that many dots to eat.
We’ve used it for letter practice. I set up a column of upper case letters and a column of lower case letters and he matched them together. I then called out a letter sound and he got to eat that letter.
You could easily introduce numbers or letters this way or of course practice shapes and size too.
Age attempted: 2 years; can certainly be done earlier
Posted in Age Range, Counting, Early Preschool (3-4 years), Early Toddler (18-24 months), Letters, Math, Reading and Writing, Shapes, Size, Subject, Toddler (2-3 years)
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