Fun Activity To Help Kids Learn The Alphabet

Children spend years developing the skills they need to start reading, from learning to identify the letters of the alphabet and learning what sounds the letters make to memorizing sight words and being able to string letters together to make words. One thing that will help children on their journey to reading is memorizing the shapes of letters so they can learn to identify the alphabet. In this activity, from the book 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS that I was sent for review, kids will create fun, hands-on letters using glue and string. Once ready, they make the perfect material to hang in alphabetical order for even more letter practice.

Materials

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Glue
  • Container
  • Sturdy rope
  • 26 clothespins

Directions

1. Cut yarn into pieces of various lengths.

2. Lay out wax paper on a smooth surface for letters to dry on.

3. Have children dip yarn pieces into glue container and then shape wet yarn into letter formations on the wax paper.

4. Allow yarn to dry before playing the game

5. String a long and sturdy rope up in the room and attach clothespins onto it.

Directions to Play the Game

1. Players work together to place letters in alphabetic order by attaching them to the rope with the clothespins.

2. As they place the letters, encourage them to name the letters they are attaching to the rope.

Game Variations for Children that Know the Alphabet

  • Use letters to create a child’s name on the rope.
  • Use letters to create sight words.
  • Create a timed challenge to see how fast they can put letters up in alphabetical order.
You’ll find this activity (that was reprinted with permission from the publisher), along with 99 more, in the book 100 FUN & EASY LEARNING GAMES FOR KIDS by Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij. This book is full of activities that help parents and teachers teach children ages 3-7 years old reading, writing, math and more. They’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize that they are learning!
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How To Make A Nature Journal For Kids {Writing Prompts Included}

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The boys love exploring the outdoors and we are lucky to live near a number of forest preserves. We created some nature journals together and went for a walk on a nearby trail. It was the perfect way to spend a Spring day! Below I’ve shared instructions for making a nature journal.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper- blank and lined
  • Stickers
  • String/Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Paper bag
  • Crayons/Colored Pencil/Markers
  • Pencil
  • 3 Hole Punch
  • Tape

Directions:

  • Gather your materials
  • Use the 3 hole punch to punch holes in your plain paper
  • Cut the bottom of the paper bag off along the fold line
  • Cut the side of the top part of the bag to make a long strip of paper bag
  • Trace a piece of paper onto your paper bag and cut it out. Repeat. (These will be your front and back covers.)
  • Punch holes in the bag to line up with your paper
  • Cut string into 3 inch pieces (you need 3 pieces)
  • Stack papers- One piece of paper bag on top, then lined papers, then blank papers, then a paper bag piece on bottom. Note: If your bag has any text/images on the outside of it you will want to make sure they are not showing when you look at it as a book. The front and back covers should be plain brown.
  • Insert string into holes and tie into a knot
  • Let kids decorate the front and back covers. They can color or put stickers on them as well.
  • Make sure to put a pencil in the pocket so they have something to write with
An additional part to the journal can be a pocket in the front. Here is how to make it:
Here are a number of writing and drawing prompts. I’d suggest putting the list on the first page of their journals. This will help guide them if they aren’t sure what they want to journal about.

Nature Journal Prompts For Kids:

  • Draw something you see
  • Write a story of an animal you see, pretending as if you were that animal
  • Draw a bug you see
  • Describe something you smell
  • Draw a picture of something smaller than you and something bigger than you
  • Describe the sounds you hear- can you identify any of them?
  • Find the prettiest flower
  • Draw a picture of the sky today
  • Find the smoothest rock
  • Draw a picture of the tallest tree you see
  • Find 5 different shaped leaves
  • Draw an animal you see along with the home you think they live in
  • Write about the ground you are walking on using three descriptive words
  • Add leaf rubbings of your favorite leaves
  • Draw a picture of something prickly
  • Write down all the colors that you’ve seen on your walk today

Don’t forget to bring your Tampico juice drink to keep your family hydrated! My boys love the Tropical Punch flavor!

What do you enjoy doing outside during this nicer weather?

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