Monday, March 23, 2009

Dig for Letters

We are working our way toward M's being able to recognize and name all of the letters- not so much because I think it's "time," but more because she enjoys it. She gets a kick out of going different places and being able to point out letters that she knows on signs, keyboards, etc.

Today we tried a new activity to help her learn the alphabet. I filled a big bowl full of rice and gathered up some small foam letters I had bought at Walmart. One at a time, I placed a letter in the bowl on top of the rice and asked her to name it. Some of them she knew, and others, not. Then I buried the letter in the rice and said "The "m" (or whatever) is hiding. Can you find the "m?" She would then dig away until she caught sight of it, picked it up and we cheered.Once she had the hang of that, she was ready to search for a few letters at a time. I buried three and asked her to find them one at a time. Very fun! I might also try it with colors, shapes, and plastic animals.

15 comments:

The girl who painted trees said...

My daughter does this with her alphabet puzzle (and all her other puzzles). We hide the pieces in the rice, then she hunts for them and each time she finds a piece, she places it in the right spot of her puzzle (the wood kind of puzzles with knobs). When it is her alphabet puzzle, every time she finds a letter, I tell her its name and sound and a word that starts with that letter. She loves doing this. How old is your daughter?

You can see our activities on our blog http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com

Kim said...

I love this idea!! It's going on my list of outside activities!
I might even try it in beans for an inside activity.
thanks!

Sandra - My Inspired Heart said...

So cute...and a great idea! :)

havingfunathomeblog said...

I love your idea for hiding puzzle pieces! I'll have to try that! My daughter is 20 months old. Thank you for the link to your blog. You've got great ideas!

Jenny said...

Great and cheap idea!

Donna said...

Good tactile activity for little ones! Rice, beans, sand, oats, pebbles...they're all fun to sift through! You could even do things of one color: a small yellow duck, yellow blocks, a small "ladyfinger" banana, etc., or several colors for older kids. What fun! Thanks for the idea!

Confessions of a Homeschooler said...

Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing!

MDMsGIRL said...

that is a great idea. i am looking for was that my 3 year old can learn the abc's better.

Kama said...

Going to try this today with my 2 year old!! Thanks for a great idea! Found out about you here:
http://www.squidoo.com/browse/show/toddler-workbox

MDMsGIRL said...

that is a great idea. i am looking for was that my 3 year old can learn the abc's better.

Confessions of a Homeschooler said...

Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing!

Kim said...

I love this idea!! It's going on my list of outside activities!
I might even try it in beans for an inside activity.
thanks!

Caron Reeder said...

What a lovely idea! I reposted this on our company facebook page, crediting you of course.  

Jdaniel4smom said...

What a great way to work with letters! This looks like a lot of fun!

Beth Baumgartner said...

Hi Katey! I found a lot of great ideas from your site that I pinned, thank you!
Beth @ The First Year Blog