I have at least one idea that went over fabulously around here this morning.
Activity: Fishing for Letters
- Gross motor
- Fine motor
- Distinguishing between letters
- Letter recognition
- Speech production
- 12 plastic eggs, each with one of the two letters on your index cards
- 2 index cards, each with a different letter written on them
- 2 boxes
- a small aquarium net or hand strainer
- 1 bucket partially filled with water
- Place the eggs in front of your child.
- Pick up an index card and show it to your child while saying and signing the letter displayed.
- Pick up an egg with the matching letter to the index card, and show it to your child. Say and sign the letter.
- Match the egg to the index card, talk about how it is the same and it is a match. Put both into one box, the card should be facing up.
- Repeat steps 2-4 with the other index card.
- Have your child continue to put the eggs in the matching basket according to the letters.
A Step Up:
Now we get to the fun part. Take your child outside. Place the eggs in the bucket with water. Place the boxes with the index cards in them 20-25 yards away from the bucket. Have your child use the net to fish for an egg. Look at the egg caught and help your child to say and sign the letter and then run with them to the boxes. Have them look at the letters in the boxes and match the egg to the correct card. Deposit egg in the box, and run back to the bucket.
Noah and Bella had a BLAST with this today. Water play is always fun, and I LOVE being able to multi-task physical therapy (gross motor) skills with literacy skills and speech production.
Note the trailer: We have awesome neighbors who let us foster their trailer since they don’t use it much. So we dropped the tailgate to make a ramp. We placed the water bucket in the trailer, so the kids had to run up and down the ramp each trip. It just doesn’t get any better than that.