Category Archives: Alphabet Activities

Driving Our Way Through the ABC’s

I combined a couple activities I saw on Pinterest and came up with this:

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I bought the cars at the Dollar Store – three for a dollar.

The Littles (Noah -6 with Down syndrome, Bella 4 and Seth 3) love this new activity!

Here’s the scoop:

Activity:  Driving Our Way Through the ABCs

Supplies Needed:

  1. 26 toy cars.
  2. White craft paper from a roll
  3. Markers
  4. Circle stickers (found in office supplies for garage sale pricing)

Preparation: 

  1. Draw a road on craft paper with separate “garages” marked in order from A-Z.  Add decorations like parks and trees – get as fancy as you like and perhaps even let your little one help.
  2. Write a different letter on each circle sticker,  A-Z. 
  3. Place one sticker on each car.

Directions:  Have your child drive each car along the road to its designated garage.  For children new to the alphabet, line up the cars in order so that the first car goes to the first garage which will be marked A, the second car will go to the next garage marked B, etc.  For children more familiar with the alphabet, mix up the cars so the child will have to search for the matching letter.

(Or you can just look at the picture and probably figure out everything you need to know.)

Look out Mom – this activity just might keep Junior busy for the whole afternoon!

 

T is for Trains!

Noah’s former SLP told me most boys with autism love the color blue and trains.  Of course she threw in that most boys period love the color blue and trains, so it’s hard to know if it’s autism specific or not.  Noah doesn’t seem to be on the spectrum, but boy oh boy does he love the color blue and trains!

I’ve worked with that for a number of years, and today was no exception.

We made our painter’s tape T on our floor last week for Noah to walk, and it stays removable for about two weeks.  Today I dug out all Noah’s toy trains, put number stickers on each from 1-10, and let him put the train together in order using a cardboard number card to prompt him.

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Next, Noah drove the train along the Letter T:

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It’s just kind of a bonus that painter’s tape happens to be blue.  :)

How Will We Get to the Beach – Free Printable Activity

Last week was T week, and I thought turtles would be a good subject to focus on.  Turtle is one of those rare weird words that Noah can actually say pretty well, and I love the opportunity to hear him say his words.  So turtles it was.  That’s how we stumbled upon How Will We Get to the Beach?  A Guessing Game Story by Brigitte Luciani, illustrated by Eve Tharlet.  We found this at our local library, so chances are pretty good it’s on the shelves of your library as well.  (At the bottom of the post you will find directions for using this activity without the book.)

This book was a jackpot for this mommy always on the lookout for language and cognitive practice for her little boy.

The story starts with Roxanne taking her baby to the beach on a beautiful summer day.  She wanted to take five things with her; the turtle, the umbrella, the book, the ball and the baby.

Right here was the first jackpot – four out of five of those words are target speaking words for Noah.

The story follows Roxanne as she tries all different modes of transportation to get to the beach, but none of them enable her to bring all five things with her.  So for each new mode of transportation, one item is left off while all the others are pictured.

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The text follows the format of  “‘Then we’ll ride the                                      to the beach,’ said Roxanne.  But something couldn’t go with them.  What was it?”

The idea is the child should look at the picture and remember the five things Roxanne wanted to bring and determine which one is missing from the picture.  Noah needed a visual and hands-on way to play this game, so I made some PEC cards and a sentence board for him to use.  For the free printable download, go here:  how will we get to the beach story board 1

This is a seven-page file with pages like this:

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Thanks to www.mrsriley.com for making things like this so easy to put together!  Members can find the fully editable file here:  http://mrsriley.com/app/#fileID=64402

The first page of this file contains five PEC cards for you to laminate and cut.  Place Velcro loop dots on the back of each cut PEC.  Laminate the rest of the pages as well.  In each blank space on the remaining pages, place a Velcro hook dot.  (Sorry, couldn’t do page numbers, so you’ll have to keep the pages in order.)   Read the story to your child, stopping at the end of each spread that asks what is missing.  Use the PEC story board pages in order.  Point to the first box on the story board, say the word, ask your child to say the word himself, and then ask him to find that object on the page in the original book.  Move through each box on the page in that fashion, skipping the blank box.  After all the items on the page have been found, ask your child what is missing.  Show them the cut PECS and have them choose the object that is missing from the page.  Place the appropriate PEC representing the missing object in the blank box.  Repeat for the remaining book pages, stopping and using the PEC story board page that goes with each book page that asks the question, “But something couldn’t go with them.  What was it?”

It would take just a tiny bit of modification to use this activity without the book – just follow the directions for laminating, cutting and Velcro; lay out the cut PECS, go through each page of the story board with your child, point to each picture on the story board and say the word, at the end of the page, ask them to choose from the cut PECS what is missing on their story board page and place the missing picture in the empty box.

You’ll find this to be a great activity for vocabulary building, speech practice, receptive language skills, critical thinking, short term memory and working memory.  It’s just gravy that this book happens to be about going to the beach, and we’re just a few degrees away from summer here in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

All in a day’s work, Moms, all in a day’s work.