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.
Next, Noah drove the train along the Letter T:
It’s just kind of a bonus that painter’s tape happens to be blue. 🙂
In my search for alphabet recognition activities, I found some great free cookie sheet printables here:
The idea behind the cookie sheets is this: If you tape the printable to the cookie sheet, the magnetic letters stay in one place as your child adds to them.
I figured Bella (3) could handle this no problem, but I knew Noah (5 – Down syndrome) would need a little more to go on than just the printed letter to match the magnet to. I wish I could claim credit for this idea, but alas I did not think of this myself. Too bad I have NOOOO idea which blog I saw it on, but I knew this would be just the thing for Noah.
You can print this directly from your color printer by clicking on it; your alphabet magnets should fit exactly over these letters. How cool is that? I found the fact that the colors on the printable matched the actual colors of the magnetic letters to be a big help in guiding my children to the correct match. These magnets came from the dollar store. If you can pick up a set, hopefully your colors will match mine. If not, use your colors, line them up in alphabetical order in rows like mine, take a picture allowing the letters to take up the full screen, and print the picture full size. I slipped my printable into a page protector for durability and then taped it to the cookie sheet.
I had no idea what a hit this activity would be. I had all three littles, including Seth (2) climbing all over each other to take a turn matching the letters. I just love it when that happens.