Literacy Activities Using Foam Letters
It's an exciting time for kids when they learn to recognize the letters in their names. They will proudly point out the letters in road signs or book covers. You can easily prepare fun activities for kids to practice letter recognition.
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- foam letters
- colored pencils
You can do these activities with wooden, foam or magnetic letters. Kids can help choose pictures and glue them in place, and stencil the letters. You can prepare the materials ahead of time for younger children and engage them in the letter matching activities.
Activity #1. Make a set of cards with large letters and colorful pictures.
1. Cut 5-1/2 in. (14 cm.) squares from card stock.
2. Glue a colorful picture to each card.
3. Stencil the letters onto the cards; highlight the letters with a marker or crayon.
4. You can laminate the cards with contact paper for durability.
Activity #2. Make name tags using a stencil and self-adhesive letters.
1. Children can stencil the letters of their names onto a label, then choose the letters in their names from a sheet of self-adhesive foam letters. For younger children, you can stencil the name onto the tag and provide the letters which correspond with the name on the tag.
2. Use the name tags to label personal belongings, a coat cubby, or an art project.
Activities that promote letter recognition benefit early learners. Kids especially love match-up games, and seeing the letters that form their names. By participating in activities like these with kids we make the learning fun and engaging.
Learning through play
- Place a set of match-up cards on the table, one for each child. Place alphabet letters in a feely bag. Each child draws a letter from the bag and matches it to one of the letters on his card, or passes it to someone who needs it.
- Place a set of alphabet letters on the table. Make the sound of the letter T. Children try to pick out the letter T. Think of other words that begin with the letter T. You may want to use visuals such as pictures or objects to match sounds. Continue with other letters.
- Song: I Want to Eat Apples and Bananas - Provide each of the children with a "vowel" printed on a large card. As you sing each verse, the children can hold up their cards with the letter corresponding to the vowel sound you are emphasizing.
- Song: B-I-N-G-O - Provide cards with the letters so you can eliminate a letter as you sing, substituting a clap for a letter until you are only clapping and no letters are being displayed.