As reading becomes a very important time for parents and children, there are some learning activities to make the reading process fun and interactive. One obvious learning activity is to sit down with the children and read an exciting book. Or perhaps, parents and children attend a story time at a local library or bookstore. But reading is more than just looking at books.
There are many ways and tips to help parents encourage reading at home. In particular learning activity, preschoolers play with magnetic letters. This is one fun way to introduce letters and numbers. But if parents don’t have these reading tools, they can use letters from cereal boxes. This is such a fun way to introduce different letters, word sounds and different print of letters.
Another great reading project is creating letters of each child name using paper sentence strips. This promotes learning each child’s name, letter recognition, and writing. Letter recognition can be fun when using everyday reading and writing tools.
Recognizing Letters in a Child’s Name
Learning Activity Part A: Preschoolers Creating Letters from Cereal Boxes
- various cereal boxes
- plastic bag or box
- Begin by cutting the letters from cereal boxes. But be careful: only adults should do this task.
- Cut as many available letters as possible.
- Also, cut Spanish letters too, if possible, such as ñ, ll.
- Next, rearrange the letters according to consonants and vowels.
- Have the child find the first letter of his or her name (Figure 1).
- Then, instruct to follow the rest of the letters of the name.
- Make sure to sound out the letters as they are being formed.
- Finally, have fun making all sorts of words and practicing the sounds each letter or syllables can make.
Learning Activity Part B: Begin to create their names using sentence strips
- sentence strips – height: 1 inch with 1/2 inch dividers
- piece of cardboard paper
- construction papers
- glittery stickers
- regular glue
- safety scissors
- summer or spring patterns
- decorative scissors (optional)
- Write the child’s name on a piece of a sentence strip in block letters.
- Print out the fun flower, ladybug, and butterfly shapes.
- Cut and trace them onto a piece of sentence strip. Next, allow the children to take part in tracing or writing.
- Take a piece of cardboard paper and remove one of the layers. So, you should have a wavy cardboard (Figure 2).
- Then, place the sentence strips with the child’s name on top of the wavy cardboard.
- Use crayons to color in the letters in a horizontal way (Figure 3).
- Repeat for the ladybug, flower, and butterfly shapes.
- Allow the child to cut one of the shapes.
- Next, cut the letters and the shapes.
- Cut a decorative border of a piece of construction paper or tagboard with decorative scissors.
- Paste the letters, stickers, and shapes with regular glue.
- As the child is having fun selecting the glittery stickers or sparkles, place them on the sheet.
- For added decoration, place the sheet on a black piece of construction paper to represent a frame for the beautiful creation.
- Then, let all the pieces dry and set aside.
- Once dry, display it on a fridge or wall to practice the spelling and sounds of the child’s name. Tip: try to do this as often as possible.
Learning to practice the alphabet is an exciting time to learn letters and sounds. More fun is having children recognize letters from everyday items like cereal boxes. And this game of letters allows them to recognize their letters in their name.
It is also pleasant to see the child’s name in block letters or in a fun arrangement. When children begin to notice the letters in their name, they begin to find letters of the alphabet and boost their self-esteem.