Elise (26 months) has been interested in the alphabet for some time, but only the uppercase letters.
While she was playing with her letters (foam bath toys that will never grace the inside of our teal cast iron tub because I detest mold on anything), she asked for “smaller letters.”
“Yes, of course,” I replied… And then it struck me: we don’t have any.
But we had about 1 million foam heart shapes from the craft store, some contact paper and a Sharpie.
And that’s enough for this momma to come up with an activity board that is loads of fun (with a little learning as a bonus). Click on “Read More” to join in on the fun!
I once saw a post from No Time For Flashcards that I can’t find now (ugh!!!) but it was where she used contact paper for some interactive, sticky learning fun.
And I thought, I could use contact paper and a few foam heart shapes that I thought were stickers but weren’t… Yeah, sleep-deprived Sarah shouldn’t go to the craft store.
During her “I’m-not-gonna-nap time,” I scrawled the lowercase letters on the foam shapes and even included some larger shapes, spelling out her name.
Then, using inspiration from Allison over at No Time For Flashcards, I affixed some contact paper to a canvas with my ever-trusty-sidekick, painter’s tape. Although duct tape is great, blue tape can be REMOVED easily and that is just brilliant.
You can see in the picture at the right that I made the contact paper just a bit bigger than the canvas and then used the painters tape as a sort of frame.
I plopped it down on the couch and released the Kraken, a.k.a. Elise, who was having a bit of a bad day up until that point.
She just looked at it wide-eyed and asked, “Is that for me?” I nodded yes and got the iPhone ready for some snapshots.
She just kept grinning and looking back at me, like I just handed her the world on a platter.
It was great to witness, I have to admit.
She really wanted me to join in her alphabet antics, saying, “Elise and Mommy are super readers,” paying homage to PBS kids’ Super Why cartoon.
She doesn’t get to watch much television, but we feel that Super Why and Dinosaur Train from PBS kids are okay in moderation at her age.
She asked me for help many times, asking to spell out words with her. I would call out the letters, she would search for them and place them in a row to make a word. She was very engaged for about 30 minutes – shocking me right on out of my socks!
Her favorite words we spelled were dog, heart, love, and girl. There were quite a few words she wanted to spell that used the same letter, but I wasn’t quite prepared for that.
I will be next time. My Sharpie is at the ready.
She is starting to associate the letters with the sounds they make as well. Do you have any ideas to help us continue fueling her thirst for learning? Let us know in the comments section below.
And thank you so much for stopping by and sharing our fun!