Letter Grab is a simple game I came up with to work on letters with my preschool age kids. I am determined to make sure my kids know their letters before they head off to kindergarten. Although I’m not technically homeschooling my kids, I would say that we do a lot of fun preschool activities together. I gauge their enthusiasm and don’t press things too much. My kids are generally interested in learning. Being a former teacher, it is just part of my DNA to teach my kids. However, I hope I can give you some tools to make learning fun with your kids too, even if it doesn’t come as natural for you. I think it is so important for you to realize that you can be the #1 educator of your child, no matter how you choose to school them. Part of being creative with the things you already have at your home. We had these Alphabot Letters from Lakeshore Learning. Let me clarify that this is not a sponsored post. The kids received these letters last Christmas, and we love them. We also had the little grabbing arm. We were hanging out one morning, and I just put the two together to make a game where the kids could work on knowing their letters. Kenzie already knows her letters, but it is always good to revisit and practice. With Corban I was working on letter names. With Kenzie we did sounds and trying to think of words that begin with that sound. Maybe you think you can’t do this activity because you don’t have these things on hand. It doesn’t need to stop you. Write letters on pieces of cardboard and grab them with kitchen tongs. In the past, we made a fishing pole to pick up letter magnets. Maybe you have letter blocks you could pick up with soup ladles. It takes a little creativity and thinking out of the box, but you can find unique ways to approach the same subject matter and make it fresh for your child.
The concept here was simple. The kids were able to try and grab the Alphabots with their grabbing tool. Once they grabbed one, they would tell me the name, sound or a word that begins with this sound. Corban doesn’t really know his letters yet, so I would let him try and then tell him the correct name.
Kenzie had a lot of fun with the activity too. It not only works on letters but fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Once they had the letters, they were able to transform the letters into robots.
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