We started the week with this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom felt board set. We practiced naming letters as they climbed the tree and of course shook the tree to make them all fall out. I made the pieces for this set myself, but if you want something premade, you could use this tree with Velcro letters from Lakeshore Learning.
Madelynn is really doing well with identifying uppercase letters so we are starting to focus on just the lowercase letters in her name. I found these awesome Lowercase Letter Beads and wrote Madelynn’s name on a plain piece of paper. She matched a bead to each letter first and then strung them together on a pipe cleaner for an easy little bracelet. We also had some fun just playing with the letter beads and pipe cleaners and naming each one.
Madelynn loves to paint, and we just don’t do enough of it these days with a baby that could wake up at any moment, but Aubrey was taking a great nap one morning this week so we got to finish this fun hand print tree with letter stickers and even had time for some free painting.
I was pretty impressed with the fact that her tree was recognizable, although her daddy didn’t quite understand my excitement. If you’ve ever painted with a 2 year old I’m sure you’ll understand.
Since the weather is still beautiful and summer like I am trying to get us outside as much as possible. This outdoor letter hunt was fun and super easy to set up. We used this Foam Letter Puzzle Mat and I popped all the letters out, threw them all over the yard and let Madelynn search and reassemble her puzzle. So easy and kept her busy for a LONG time.
I planned on doing this activity outside too but of course it was rainy this week so we improvised with a letter hop on the carpet. I put on some music to dance to and then whenever I stopped the song I shouted a letter and Madelynn had to find it. We used the same Foam Letter Puzzle Mat from above for easy premade letters.
Did you know you can write on windows with dry erase markers and it will wipe right off? When I found this out I thought it was so cool so I knew Madelynn would love it. I wrote letters all over our front windows and then had Madelynn stand back a few feet. I gave her a letter and she had to run over, erase it and run back. She’s been requesting that I write on the windows every day since, so I’d say this was one of her favorites this week.
Fine motor and gross motor practice all rolled into one with this activity. I wrote a bunch of letters all over the ground with sidewalk chalk and then told Madelynn which letter to find and squirt with the spray bottle. This was a great activity for an unusually warm September day.
Madelynn loves puzzles so I thought we would make things a little more fun with this sensory bin. I hid the pieces to her alphabet puzzle in the bin full of black beans for Madelynn to hunt for. She definitely thought this was a little more exciting than just dumping and putting the puzzle back together.
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