Happy Tuesday! I hope you are all enjoying some lovely summer weather. It looks like the rains have finally settled and my girls and I are eager to spend more time outside. For todays activity you will need to do a little more prep than usual. If you have followed the blog long you might even already have your prep done thanks to this post. If you are looking for an activity to help your little ones work on letter or sight words check out this ACTIVE word/letter search activity.
- Rocks with sight words or letters
- Sand (or a back yard)
- Get your rocks ready (Check out this post for some ideas)
- On the concrete, write down your sight words with chalk
- Hide your rocks in sand or the backyard
Once your rocks are hidden call those kiddos out. Show them the words or letters written on the ground and tell them they are to go on a hunt for the words or letters. Explain that they are written on rocks, if they don’t already know. You could supply your munchkins with a basket, real Easter egg style, or just have them match one at a time. Once they understand what they are looking for set them loose.
I hid our rocks in the sand box. Our box is rather large so I kept half of it covered so they would focus on the side where the rocks were actually hidden. Once a child would find a rock I would ask them which one they found. Then they would go over to the concrete and find the matching word or letter. My girls would then happily run back to the sand in search of more rocks.
Again this is a great activity for different ages. My 6 year old could read off the sight words and rushed to find their match. My 3 year old and I worked on repeating the letter on her rocks and I pointed out different aspects of the letters she had found. (EX “Look this letter looks like a snake.” or “Do you see how the B has two bumps.”) Right now my three year old is in the process of memorizing names and sounds of letters so that is what we focused on during this activity. My 1 year old was simply happy to pull up rock after rock and hand them out to her sisters.
Even if you don’t have the rocks today this is defiantly an activity worth making time for. Go on a walk with your kid and find some flat rocks then get writing. You can always do the searching part tomorrow. This is a simple and fun way to spend some time working on letters and sight words.