I’m always on the look out for more fun (and even better, easy to make) letter recognition games. Just visit Tired, Need Sleep (don’t we all?) and print off her lowercase letter templates. Then cut out the pieces from foam and away you go! This also works on spatial reasoning, as it’s just like a puzzle and fine motor skills, as those pieces of foam are pretty small. Once your child is ready to move on to something harder, print, cut and paste more letter templates to spell out their name or sight words.
If you want to make this a fun car or airplane game, make the templates and foam magnetic with a bit of refrigerator magnet tape and use them on a cookie sheet.
Want some free alphabet cards? Here are some super cute ones from Homemade by Jill. You can use these the traditional way of holding them up and saying the letter name and sound or you could:
- Print two copies and play Memory/Concentration
- Use them to play wordless (letterless, really!)
- Play “Go Fish” (you’d need four copies)
- Play “Old Maid” (you’d need to print some other card, maybe a period or question mark, for the old maid card)
- Sort out the vowels and consonants
- Find the letters of your child’s name
- Think up other things that make the same letter sounds
- Draw one card at a time and have your child practice writing that letter with sidewalk chalk or bath paint
Print these on card stock and see if you can get them laminated at your local teacher store or Kinko’s. If you plan on really using them for games, the extra cost for the laminate will make it worth it in the end.
Just found this great idea for an outdoor activity that builds on letter recognition. Check out Amy’s idea at Serving Pink Lemonade. You could extend it further to work on sound recognition too. Instead of calling out a letter, call out a sound.