Here are some letter and number activities that we enjoyed this week.
MATH: COUNTING BEARS
Counting bears (purchased used on Amazon) are a great activity and can be used in many different ways. When I first introduced them to B, I only put out a few bears and only two colors. Now, at 2 1/2 years old, he gets all of them. And, yes, they go all over the place. I think he enjoys the sounds of them falling and the feel of them as he mixed them around. At this age, he enjoys when I have the bear “talk” to him. He smiles and helps the bears find their “home” in the right color cup. We count and sort the bears. I ask him to hand me a certain number of bears or we see how many can ride the train or fit in the airplane. We do basic addition – one yellow bear + two blue bears = ? Although I also give him plenty of time to do whatever he wants with the bears, we usually do these activities together.
LETTERS / PHONICS: NAME & BEGINNING LETTERS SOUNDS
B also enjoyed pouring the alphabet into an empty orange juice container and opening and closing the lid. A BIG hit was spelling out his name was magnet or wooden pieces. And he does very well with sounding out the beginning of words and matching the letters. I hold two objects, such as animals, in my hand ask which starts with a certain letter. You can do this anywhere – like playing eye spy. It’s a great game for the car or, in our case recently, the subway.
Happy Labor Day!