So you want to help your little ones learn their alphabet, numbers, identify letters and their sounds but don’t have the time to research activities or even prepare those homemade activities for them. What do you do?
The next activity is one of my favorite ones for providing practice for identifying letters. At the top of the page, it shows the child the letter that they will be searching for while trying to guide a particular animal back to its home, food, etc.
For example, the letter “Z” is placed at the top of the page and the goal is to help the zebra get back to the zoo. The child is to find the letter “Z” both uppercase and lowercase in the sea of letters and color all the “Z’s” which will provide the path for the zebra to find it’s way home to the zoo. It’s a fun activity, which excites the child when they find the correct letter.
The second section provides a space for the letter to be filled in the blank to complete the word. The third section requires the child to identify and circle the correct letter and then finally circling the correct picture that begins with the particular letter.
|Match the Letter with the Object with the Same Beginning Sound|
The other very closely related alphabet activity requires the child to draw a line between the item that begins with the letter and the letter itself. There is a worksheet for every letter except for “X”. I don’t think that the “X” missing is by accident, it’s most likely because there aren’t enough objects that being with an “X”.
For these particular activities, I would suggest working on one letter at a time. One week focus on the letter “A” then the following week letter “B” then “C” and so on. It helps the child to really practice and learn the letter and its sounds before moving onto the next letter. With several days of exposure to the same letter, it helps the child to retain the information they have learned. Repetition is key to storing it to memory!
|Count the Animals|
The next set of math printables help children learn to write numbers up to ten. The numbers are written four times so the child can trace them and then have the opportunity to write it approximately three more times (depending on how largely your child prints).
Then the child circles the correct number of objects in the mid-section and colors the correct number that they have been learning on the worksheets in the bottom section. It’s great for little ones to practice their writing and coloring with this set of activities.
This particular activity is very easy to bring to life by grabbing a jar or a plastic container and use real marbles or even colorful pompoms to practice counting.
Be sure to come back next week to read my review on the “growing” toys you may have seen at the dollar store. Do they really grow? Find out next week!