Yesterday, I decided to pick up a preschool workbook and work through a couple of pages with my 2 and 4 year old just to see what we've been missing. We do a fair number of academically oriented activities, (like playdough spelling, and post-it note words) but they tend to be a little more hands-on.
The one thing we did really like were the dot-to-dot pages- especially the alphabet dot-to-dots. My two-year-old doesn't have enough coordination yet to draw the lines herself, but we were able to work out a system that was fun for her and a great little learning activity.
Here's what we did:
Me: Can you find the "a?"
Me: Good, what comes next?
Me: Can you find it?
Me: (draw line to "b" while both of us make the bbbbbb sound until I get there)
It was especially a good way to practice lowercase letter recognition and letter sounds. G watched in happy anticipation for the picture to "appear."
Here's a site with some printable alphabet dot-to-dots if you're like me and would like to do some dot-to-dots without having to buy a workbook full of the other stuff!
Do your kids like dot-to-dot pages? Have you found any fun or educational twists?