Monday, September 10, 2012

Letters and Rice

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. We made our move across the country. Our stuff and cars have finally arrived, although most of it is still in boxes. We have really enjoyed spending so much time with family (and being able to go on some dates with my hubby too!). Zel took a few days to adjust but he is loving all of the attention. There are perks to being the only grandchild!

For the past month, Zel has been very interested in letters. I used a reward certificate from Toys R Us to buy him an alphabet puzzle. Before I bought the puzzle, he already knew some capital letters. After a few days of playing with the puzzle, Zel had learned all of the capital letters! I am such a proud mama. I wanted to make sure that his letter puzzle stayed fun, so I tried to think of how we could play with it in a fun, alternative way. I saw a pin about searching for letters in colored rice from Teach Preschool. I modified it by using non-colored rice and letters from Zel's alphabet puzzle. Zel enjoyed putting the letters into the rice, but he seemed completely uninterested in searching for the letters to place back into the puzzle. However, he found that he could fill the letters on the puzzle board with rice.

 He had a lot of fun trying to do this carefully with a measuring cup and his hand and also by throwing the rice (this was an outside activity).

We talked about which letters he was filling with rice and that throwing the rice didn't seem to fill the letters very well no matter how fun it was.

We learned our letters, practiced fine motor skills, and had a lot of fun!