Fun Day Monday

Hi there…. as another week begins lets think about having some fun….

This week we’d like to share another letter identification activity which is very easy to set up and is great fun to do.

For this activity you will need:

  • Magnetic letters – you can use as many or as few as you want depending on your little one’s ability to identify the letters
  • A bowl – a washing up bowl would be ideal
  • Popping corn or rice
  • Cards with letters printed on them – you could trace round the magnetic letters to help your little one match them

and all you need to do is:

  • Fill the bowl with the popping corn or rice and the magnetic letters
  • Hand your little one the cards with the letters on and show them how to search for the letters in the corn to match them up with the letter on the card
  • Get your little one to tell you which letter they have found as they match them up
  • To extend this activity you could get your little one to tell you a word that starts with that letter EG. I found an “M”, “M” is for “mummy”
  • You could also get your little one to identify the letters in their own name and spell their name out


Fun Day Monday

Hello! Happy Monday to you… I hope that you and your little one haven’t been struck by the bugs that are going about…..there seem to be quite a few!

Today’s activity has come about because my little one spotted some big pieces of bubble wrap in the house and he wanted to pop the bubbles!

All you need for this activity is:

  • Bubble wrap (the kind with the bigger bubbles)
  • A permanent marker

and all you do is:

  • Using the marker, write a letter on each bubble (use the letters of the alphabet that your little one will recognise and maybe one or two new ones that you can introduce them to)
  • Now give your little one the bubble wrap and get them to identify a letter that you call out and pop the bubble with it written on (you could always make some alphabet cards that your little one can use to match the letters if they need a bit of help)
  • If your little one isn’t at the stage of recognising letters you could always use lots of coloured pens and colour the bubbles for your little one to pop instead

Fun Day Monday

How much fun did we have exploring our Very Hungry Caterpillar theme last week? The children loved the feed me caterpillar that we made… especially when I made it gobble up the fruit disks!

One other activity that we did last week was create our own named caterpillars which gave us the opportunity to do a bit of letter recognition and use up some of our milk bottle tops!

If you want to make your own name caterpillar you will need the following:

  • Green card with a leaf printed or drawn onto it
  • 1 red bottle top
  • Enough green bottle tops to spell out your little one’s name
  • A permanent marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Piece of paper or card

and you will need to do the following:

  • Stick the googly eyes onto the red bottle top
  • Draw a smile onto the red bottle top using the permanent marker
  • Spell out your child’s name onto the green bottle tops using one top per letter
  • Write your child’s name onto the piece of paper or card
  • Show your child their name and then show them the bottle tops with the letters on and get them to recognise the letters and attempt to put them into the right order on the leaf
  • Stick the caterpillar’s face on to the leaf followed by the letters of their name

A simple but fun activity to do and if you put it on display you can keep reinforcing letter and name recognition with your little one too.