Alphabet stamps are a great way to expose a child to letters in a playful way!
With that in mind, I first just set out the materials - stamps and some different paper - and let Kay create and explore as she wished.
She ended up trying to stamp the whole alphabet, which involved singing the alphabet song, oh, 26 times. (The ironic part was that the stamps were already in order, all she had to do was take the next one in line, but that was way too easy.)
The next day I made a simple "see it, stamp it" sheet. There are printables for this kind of technique but our printer is temperamental (really - it only works when it wants to like a tantruming toddler!) so I made this simple one by hand. I used some simple sight words, and her own name to add special interest.
Her task was to read the word and then spell it out with the stamps.
Another super-easy one to set up was this matching game. We've done a similar thing before with stickers, but this time it was connecting the matching upper- and lower-case letters with a line.
What we're working on here:
- fine motor skills
- letter recognition
- left-to-right reading
- drawing lines - a pre-writing skill
- sight words
This activity is part of the "Getting Ready for Kindergarten" series, containing fun ways to work on skills during the summer that your child will need in kindergarten.
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