Friday, March 25, 2011

Toddlers: Foam Alphabet Activity

I think this activity has been more of a hit than the magnetic dolls I talked about before! I found this CHEAP foam alphabet set at the Dollar Tree.  If you don't have Dollar Tree stores in your area...you probably have something similar. Everything is one dollar!!!
You have to match the letters to the "hole" they fit in. The top side of the sheet and letters is textured, which helps distinguish which way the letters go.

I am always amazed at how much my jibbering little 2 year old learns. After we had used the foam alphabet for just a few weeks, she started asking her famous words "What's this?" And of course, I would tell her. She can now actually recognize 4 or 5 of her letters...which is a great start!  Everyday, I sing the alphabet song to her. It's amazing how a cheap, simple activity can be so effective.  


The pros:
letter recognition, alphabetical order, phonetic sounds, matching shapes
The cons:
foam is a flimsy material, requires close supervision, not good for chewing(don't ask me how I know)
The point of this post: take some time each day to teach your toddler something. You'll be surprised at how much they'll learn in just short time!

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