Inspired by Rachel over at sun scholars and a 100 days of play and Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails, Liam and I did a little simple fun play this morning while practicing our numbers and alphabet! I pulled together a couple of activities that I hoped he would like, that we had around the house and were quick to help with learning letters & numbers.
ABC Bean bag toss
For the alphabet toss, I used a pop up hamper from the dollar store and a bean bag alphabet set.
He practiced the letters as he threw them in and even picked a friends name or object that went along with the letter. He actually has a friend who starts with a Y!
I think a few random balls and animals found their way in too! Combining gross motor activities while learning always wins for Liam (and for me too). He is so gross motor oriented and really needs that kind of constant stimulation. Sitting quietly is a challenge unless he is completely interested.
Simple 123 Number Learning Activity
This was really a great bang for a simple activity because we also worked on colors, sorting, and matching. All you need is a small container of beads, some type of tray with little compartments (ice-cube trays work too), clothespins, paper and a marker.
You should have 10 different colors of beads. You need a different amount of each color bead up to 10. One red, two orange, three green etc! You also need to make a strip of paper numbered 1-10 and clothespins numbered 1-10.
I had Liam find a color for each compartment of the tray using his pincher fingers! He really needs to work on this fine motor skills, slowing down and being careful! You can also use little tongs if you need to work on advanced skills.
He sorted all the colors and matched them. You can always alter the number of beads depending on the attention level of the child. Liam gets pretty squiggly but can seriously do it so I just need to prompt him a bit through it. We did do the alphabet toss first and a little jumping around before settling in to this activity!
Once he was done sorting and matching the colors, we counted each color and marked it on the strip with the corresponding clothes pin. Then we put the beads back into the little container thus cleaning up in the process! I think he had fun. We were busy working so I totally forgot to pull out my camera to prove he did it but he really did!