This new activity has been a huge hit at my house! We have been using the alphabet as fine motor practice with fall jewels. I love pulling these jewels/gems out each fall. We use them for so many activities — a discovery bottle, math practice, and now this literacy activity! This is part of a fall blog hop, so find 16 more ideas after you finish reading this one.
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What I love about this activity is that it’s teaching children so many skills. It’s promoting the fine motor practice necessary to help with writing. We practice letter formation. The letters have significance whether they form a word or a part of the child’s name. And it’s inviting, so the children are just drawn to it.
Here are the materials we used:
The upper case letters are from Discount School Supply, and they are made of wood. They are perfect for this activity as they are nice and sturdy. I also wanted to use lower case letters though too, so I made my own. You can download the ones that I made. I recommend laminating them for extended use. And lastly, you’ll need fall acrylics. They have them available at dollar stores in the fall and Target too as well as online.
Have you noticed what I set these on? It’s not a table, but we use it like one! It’s actually a boat and a set of stairs, all in one. We love to use it as a mini activity center! Plus it’s perfect for those days we are stuck inside and need a fun activity.
There are so many extensions to do with this activity. I’d love to hear about what you would do!
Now, here are some more amazing fall activities!
From left to right:
Halloween Words // The Pleasantest Thing
Fall Leaves In and Out Activity // Still Playing School
Pumpkin Alphabet Puzzles // Modern Preschool
Sunflower Playdough Mats for the Numbers 1-10 // Life Over Cs
Fall Leaves Quiet Book // Teach My Mommy
Pumpkin Count and Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Apple Fine Motor Play // Adventures of Adam
Free Fall Themed Mazes // Powerful Mothering
Free Pumpkin Colors Booklet // Stay At Home Educator
Fall Nature I Spy Bottle // Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Fall Alphabet // Preschool Inspirations
Fine Motor Spider // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Pete the Cat Pumpkin // Think Magnet
Fall Interactive Book // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Free Pumpkin Number Mats // The Kindergarten Connection
Fall Playdough Busy Bag // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Counting with Acorns // Play and Learn Everyday