So a couple months ago, on a total whim, I bought a cheap laminating machine on Amazon. It was a childhood dream fulfilled and the minute I plugged it in and smelled that (probably toxic) smell of melting plastic I was transported straight back to elementary school. It’s way more exciting than it should be to see paper come out the other side all laminated and shiny!
Anyway, the first project I used it on was a Velcro Alphabet Matching Game for O. He’s been learning a lot of letters at preschool and he definitely knows most of them but he is 100% convinced that the alphabet goes, A, B, C, D, S, O, G… So, we need to work on that a little bit. Of course the upside of this is that we can still spell things when we don’t want him to know what we’re saying. So imagine our surprise when, at the table one day, I said to Aa something along the lines of, “What should I make for the P-A-R-T-Y?” And Aa replied, “Maybe C-O-O-K-I-E-S?” Because obviously if you say party and cookies in front of a 3 year old, you had BETTER have a party and cookies available right.that.very.second!! So we were spelling away, and the next thing we know, O says, with complete conviction, ” S-O-G-O-S-S-B!!!” In his little mind we were just saying letters and he was joining in! So adorable!
But anyway, we do need to work on letters, so I laid out this matching game in Illustrator, printed it out and added velcro square to the pages and the backs of the letters so he could practice. It was a super easy project and, as always, is not so precious that I’m worried he’ll wreck it. He loves it and it has definitely helped!
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How do you practice letters with your little one?
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