My boys sure love to move…can anyone relate? If so, you will love this active alphabet activity! Not only is it full of alphabet learning and perfect for preschoolers, it lets little ones use their whole body to learn about letter formation! That is such a powerful thing.
Active Alphabet Activity
When our children use their bodies to make letters, they are creating fantastic body awareness as they use their body to make each shape in the letter. This is good for all and especially helpful for our little kinesthetic learners.
Why This Activity Matters
When children finally learn to make their names, there is something about that intense connection to their name that brings such a powerful feeling of pride for them. Our littles may not yet be developmentally ready to write all the letters with a pencil or other writing tool.
Children can still be building the fine motor strength and ability to draw the required types of lines to do this until six or seven years old. That said, there are other super fun ways our children can learn the alphabet and their names! Check out this active alphabet activity to see what I mean.
My active and creative boys had so much fun with this. You can use it at any level of learning. It can be used to support learning letters, names, and sight words.
What We Did
First, we wrote down the letters of their names, so we could look at the shapes of them. Then we had fun exploring different ways to make each letter shape. We made this a fun challenge as we shared ideas, encouraged each other and worked as a team. We all had so much fun with this alphabet activity.
A Turn in the Spotlight
Once we explored making the shapes of the letters, each of my boys took turns making the letters of their names.
They really enjoyed having their own performance time or turn in the spotlight. They started forming their body letters after, “Lights! Camera! Action!” was cheered by the crowd (my other son and I). The performance ended with a very proud and silly bow.
It is so adorable to see their pride as they perform. The audience (my other son and I) said the letters as my younger son made his name. We took pictures of each letter, so he could see his name when he looked at the photos of his alphabet activity. Oh, how I love that look of pride in what he has accomplished!
An Important Extension
A super amazing extension you can do with this active alphabet activity is to print the photos, put them in order in a frame and hang them in your child’s bedroom. How special would that be? How proud would your child be to have their name made with their own body hanging on their wall. I know my boys would look proudly, and often, at their masterpiece!
This alphabet activity is a great way to remember the shape of their name! What a great keepsake for mama, too!
Belinda is a mama to two little boys and an experienced Kindergarten teacher. She has a love of using nature and technology to enhance and motivate children’s learning. She values the use and training of growth mindset at home with her family and while teaching. www.pinterest.com/KoolKindies
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