Phew, I am behind on all of the things I want to share with you! And with a much anticipated visit up North for a few days, I fear it will only get worse! But I am doing my best to share my most favourite things we have been doing here lately. I have a post for you today, and a great ‘photo on Friday’ too. Otherwise, this space and our Facebook page will be quiet this week. Unplugging to recharge 🙂
So as I was flipping through my pictures trying to decide what I might share with you and your little ones, I found this idea! It was such a fantastic hit (literally) with my little guys, and I think perhaps yours might like it too.
It is a WONDERFUL way for busy learners to practice their ABCs and letter sounds.
The idea, as per usual, is very simple. I blew up a bunch of balloons and hung them to our basement ceiling with string and painters tape (oh good old painters tape).
Next, I used sticky notes to write some of the letters of the alphabet. For those interested, this is the order we learn letters right here.
Sam now knows almost all of his letter names, uppercase anyway, and we are working on letter sounds. I introduced letter sounds in a very unique, and amazingly effective way with these sensory letters.
And most importantly, we have been going really slowly. Making it fun and meaningful, but also giving my little ones the time they need. Sam is almost 5 years old. As a Kindergarten teacher I feel very strongly about waiting to work on letters until children are ready. And when they are ready, you can see tons of ideas here, Alphabet Recognition Activities for Kids!
Sorry – back to the balloons! We put letters on sticky notes and taped them to the balloons.
With a badminton racket, I let Sammy go at it. I was trying to see if this activity was really practical, or if the balloons would just pop once they were bashed. Shockingly, they held up perfectly!
And don’t let that photo fool you, he really brought on the whacking!
I began by calling out a letter and having Sam find it and swat it. Some kids would have fun trying to do this as fast as they can. My Sam doesn’t love those games, he finds them stressful.
A better way for us to make this into a game was to make it a memory game. I then would call out three letters in a row and Sam’s job was to remember them and swat them in that order. What ever is right for you and your littles!
After, I would call out an animal – like Frog. Sam would have to swat the letter that made the first sound of the word. In this case, the F.
We played lots of different, simple games with these balloons.
They stayed up for a very long time! They were a great way to practice the ABCs and also a great way to burn off lots of built up energy. This was done on a wintery afternoon, but it would also be great for a rainy day!
I hope you have a lovely rest of your week! We will definitely be having a blast up North visiting Gigi, Great Grandpa, Grandma, and Umpa!
Thank you so much for reading,