Extra Large Alphabet Scrabble Letters, Take Two
Did you read last week's blog post about The Alphabet Train? We began by introducing these adorable extra large scrabble tiles that are the perfect size for a preschooler to pick up and manipulate. We bought them on sale at JoAnn's Fabric. I foresee endless amounts of play with these tiles.
Why is Letter Recognition Important?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Also, letter recognition is the foundation to reading. It is best to start early in a casual, playful way that does not make the preschooler feel pressured.
Preschoolers love surprises and games, and this activity incorporates the two.
Begin by having your preschooler cover their eyes. This builds anticipation and excitement. Plus, it is the cutest thing watching them peek through their little fingers as they wait.
- Line up recycled cans (These are from Baby's Only Formula) with the letter tiles.
- Cover each letter with a can.
- Have your child pick up the can to reveal the hidden letter.
Would you believe that we played this game about four times?! It is so simple, yet the anticipation of what is under the can held my preschooler's attention.
I find it best when my preschooler has a location to place all of the letters he found. Here, I used a Melissa and Doug box with several compartments. This allowed him to fill up each section with the different letters. It was his decision how to assemble the letters into the box.
Remember, all preschoolers learn on their own time. If they are not into an activity or game, put it away and revisit it later. Preschoolers are more likely to learn when they are interested and ready to!