It occurred to me that D day is looming and the oldest and first born is heading to “big school”really soon. With that in mind and the fact that there are around about 26 weeks before that day I thought I would relaunch the Do Try This at Home activities but this time with a specific sounds in mind. 26 letter sounds and just under 26 weeks to go.
So, over the next 26 weeks we will work through the phonics in the order that we teach them at our Sounds Right Classes. The blogs will include activities for the not for much longer pre-schooler but also more simple activities for two year olds and, just so he can join the party, the baby cousin who lives next door but one and is always around to join in the fun. SO, this blog will hopefully appeal to all. We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see your activities too. Whether you try some from our blog or you have some amazing activities that you think we may like to try. So you can comment on the blog post or share it to our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/phonicsstars1/ If you enjoy reading our blog you can also follow us on Instagram for more fun ideas for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers @soundsrightkids.
So this week we begin with S. This first blog is activities for the four year old pre-schooler.
Superheroes in Spaghetti – A Sorting Game
This one took a little bit of prep. I boiled pasta (as per the cooking instructions) and left it to cool. I then dyed the pasta by adding a drop of oil and a drop of colouring in a sandwich bag and giving it a good shake. If truth be told coloured pasta isn’t necessary. I then poured the spaghetti into a tray and hid some plastic superheroes. The boy then searched in the pasta for the superheroes. As he pulled them out we decided what letter their name started with and kept all the ones starting with s.
The little chap is less that keen to write. Although this is getting better I still find that giving him a purpose to write motivates him more than just repeatedly writing letters. So today we planted sunflower seeds. Before the planting could begin we had to label each pot with a S. I showed him how to do this and sat by his side and talked him through each one. We then stuck them to the plant pots and planted the sunflowers.
Next activity was to find s letters in magazines. To make it a bit easier I ripped pages out of the magazine rather than having him to negotiate scissors and a bulky book. His scissor skills are limited so I talked him through where to snip and showed him how to turn the paper to cut the desired shape. This activity improved his fine motor skills but also showed him what s looked like in print.