I have not blogged in about two weeks. Happens like that at times. I hope you all can understand that my life is CRAZY!
My whole house has been under the weather for a few days so I have been trying desperately to press on and just get things done. I can’t help but think that my brain has been under the weather long before those few days. But I am so thankful and grateful for the great spirits that my children, hubs and I have been able to keep since then.
Hulk Smash and I took a week off from preschool last week to organize the madness of my husbands stuff. Being married to an artist? Crazy!
I managed to sneak in a few lessons here and there and I’d like to share with you today a game that might be helpful in your preschool journey.
I’m a fan of printables but not a fan of how much ink I use and the cost of it. The concept of this alphabet learning game came from a printable I saw once on pinterest. I am certain the game worked in a way that mine does but my preschooler enjoys the colors much more and the fact that we incorporate household items into our game.
Here’s what you will need:
7 sheets of construction paper
A sharpie or marker of choice
Some laundry baskets and or a play basket ball hoop if you have it
A chalk board or dry erase board
1. Divide your sheets into four squares with your marker (make a cross on the paper that makes four squares. It should take up the whole paper because you want the letters to be big)
2. In each square, draw a circle and some basket ball lines like this
3. Mark the letters of the alphabet in the basketballs and cut out the squares ( You can also do capital and lowercase but I just started with general recognition of the letters so I just put the capital letter on my basketball’s)
For the game:
1. Lay out all your basketball letters in an aisle and place your laundry baskets at the top of the aisle
* For children learning the alphabet
2. Write the letter that you’d like them to choose on your board (Ex. Can you find the letter C?) When they find it (and they may not, help them along by showing them where it is and letting them pick it up. I usually do an announcer voice and pretend HM is an all-star) introduce the sound that the letter makes and have them repeat.
Here’s what it sounds like for us:
HM has found the (C sound) C!! HM what letter do you have? (He will shout C! Be encouraged to pump it up and let them shout!) HM what is the sound that C makes? (In the beginning I had to help him by repeating the sound and letter but we do this every Tuesday so he knows now what to do) Let’s see what he does with it!
Crumble up that letter C and take it to THE HOOP! (he usually is running to the basket at this point) Will he dunk it or just plain shoot it? He’s running down the court in high-speed and he SHOOTS!!!!! YES!!! Perfect score by HM!
Ideally this would be perfect for a little boy but you can improvise with all sorts of things to suit for little girls. I personally think a little girl would enjoy this game without all the noise maybe.
Well thanksgiving is coming! And I am patiently looking forward to a week off from preschool and food!
Please let me know how you like this game! And as always, with everything I post, I hope it helps and is an idea you’ll keep!
I’m so thankful for the holidays. It is always a blessing to me and my family to experience togetherness.
What are you thankful for?
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