Acitivities on Literacy
For the Toddlers 2-3 years old, here are some of the recommended activities:
a. Alphabet Matching Wheels
In this activity, children match the uppercase letter on the peg with the lowercase letter on the wheel and vice versa. The colour chart helps children match the coloured peg as well. This activity promotes alphabet recognition, and upper- and lower-case letter matching.
b. The Letter Train
In the Letter Train activity, children match the lowercase letter card with the correct uppercase letter on the train car cards. This helps children learn letter recognition and upper- and lower-case letter matching. The coloured outlines on the cards and cars provide scaffolding to support students’ literacy development.
c. ABC Puzzle
The ABC Puzzle activity involves children matching the correct upper- and lowercase letters together. The picture on the corresponding cards is split in half, which supports children not only in identifying the correct letters to match together, but also helps them remember words that start with that particular letter. For example, “B” and “b” have a picture of a boat; half of the picture is on each card. This activity is engaging to children because it is printed on a magnetic sheet, and the DIY magnetic cover is a board on which children can do the puzzle.
d. Matching Alphabet Pegs
In the Matching Alphabet Pegs activity, children match the letters printed on corrugated board with pins with letters on them. This encourages letter matching and recognition, as well as learning alphabet order. The materials to create this activity are easy to find, and the activity is simple to create.
e. ABC All in 1
This activity provides children practice in upper- and lowercase alphabet recognition and matching, and it introduces new vocabulary. Each card is printed with an object that begins with the letter of the alphabet that students must put on the corresponding boxes on the card. Students can also trace the letters, which encourages proper penmanship, and they learn which pictures start with which letters.
For the Preschoolers 3-5 years old, here are some of the activities which you can create.
a. Read, Build & Write
Students learn to read, build, and write words in this activity. Using large letters students can manipulate, they build short words after they learn to read them in the first box on the card. They then practice writing the word with a dry erase marker in the last box on the card. This activity helps students learn letter-to-sound correspondence, and it helps them practice sounding out words, spelling them, and in learning how to correctly write them.
b. Beginning & Ending Sounds
An important part of learning to read and write is being able to identify the beginning and ending sounds of words. In this activity, students practice just that by placing a peg on the correct beginning and ending sounds of each word indicated by the picture on the card and the letters that spell it. The first or last letter is left blank, and students are supported by having four choices of letters to place the peg on that represent the sound of the first or last letter of the picture.
c. CVC Clip It
In the CVC Clip It activity, students practice reading consonant-vowel-consonant words, such as “cat,” and “run.” Students have three choices to help them make the right choice, and they place the pin on the correct spelling. This helps them identify beginning, middle, and ending sounds. They learn to segment and blend the sounds of each word together as they do this activity.
d. My Words Train
Students create three- and four-letter words with letter strips. They use the letter strips with the matching colour border and slide them through the train carriages. They then write the words they create on the white board. This activity can be used in a variety of ways, such as building three-letter words and focusing on one vowel at a time; by creating rhyming words in distinct word families (“pat” and “rat,” for example); creating real versus nonsense words, and doing all of the previous activities with four-letter words. Students learn blending, practice penmanship, learn about rhyming words, and advance their reading skills to four-letter words in this activity.
e. Feed the Cookie Monster
Feed the Cookie Monster involves spreading the alphabet biscuits on the table or floor. Kids or adults sing the alphabet song while the children put the correct letter in Cookie Monster’s mouth when the song reaches that letter. Children can also search for the right biscuit when an adult or other child calls out a letter, and children can then feed it to Cookie Monster. This activity teaches alphabet recognition, and it is a very active game, making it engaging for students.
f. Alphabet Fishing Game
Children will learn to match pictures that start with the letters that they fish for with their fishing rods in this activity. They can also match an upper- or lowercase letter with the corresponding upper- or lowercase letter card. This activity promotes letter identification and case-matching, as well as beginning- and ending-sound recognition. Also, it enables children to stand up and move about, which makes it more enjoyable.
g. Write and Wipe Cards
With this compact collection of letter cards, children learn to write letters properly. Best of all, they can practice forming letters again and again since the cards are laminated. They also learn the sound letters make from the pictures on the line of each card.
h. Learning Phonics
In this activity, students learn to match the beginning sounds of the words represented in the pictures on the cards by putting letter markers at the beginning of each word. Children can then blend the sounds together to read the words. On blank cards, students can practice drawing and writing other words. This activity encourages learning of beginning letter sounds and blending of consonant-vowel-consonant words.
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Edited By: Preschool Resources
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