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Do Try This at Home (3)

Do Try This at Home (3)

Do try this at home...some quick and simple ideas that you might like to try to support your pre-school child with phonics at home. This week was all about 'c' for us but the ideas in the blog can be adapted for any letter. 
I am not going to lie it has been a manic week. We all have weeks like that where life is super busy and it is a struggle to fit day to day things in let alone anything extra. Working extra days and family birthdays and a visit from my brother and his wife from New York has meant very little time for any additional phonic activities this week. However, we did manage to squeeze in a few extra quick activities. If you do try any of this week’s super quick activities, or if you have some brilliant ideas of your own then add a message below or post a picture on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/phonicsstars1/.
Phonics Game on the Computer.
Our first activity this week was quite simply a game on the internet. We played the game on the laptop using the touch screen as my son’s mouse control is still developing. The game was great for letter recognition. The computer told his the letter sound and he had to click on as any as he could before the letter sound changed. He really enjoyed this game and the fast pace of the letters falling onto the screen motivated him too. You can find this game at http://ictgames.com/phonemeFlop_v4.html
Playdough Letters
We love playing playdough in our house and I used this as an opportunity to try to make his letter of the week using playdough. This was good for his fine motor skills too as he had to roll the playdough and then shape the play dough. As he loves to play with playdough, making sausages and turning them into letters was a fun activity for him. We tried to make a super big one and some tiny letters too so added a bit of mathematics in at the same time.
Writing Letters
Our final activity was to try writing the letters we did this using paint and a paint brush but this quickly turned into a colour mixing activity – my son found experimenting with making different colours much more fun than randomly drawing letters and as he was still mark making and using tools it didn’t really matter. Later in the week when he was having a quiet five minutes we used his small white board and whiteboard pens and had a try at writing the letter C.
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