Inside: Alphabet activity for preschoolers. This game is perfect for outside this summer!
Splash the alphabet may just be the greatest letter activity ever.
Ever wonder how to entertain your preschoolers over summer vacation?
How about being able to sit outside and drink your coffee as they work on something that will help them review the alphabet?
I am all for being able to do both.
Kids and water is the same combination as moms and coffee. Both are #winning.
SO Let’s Get Started! For older learners try holding up a picture card for them to squirt the beginning sound.
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Why Begin to Discuss the Alphabet with your Preschooler?
By Kindergarten, children using the Common Core will also be asked to recognize (and print) upper– and lower case letters.
You can begin to introduce this now starting with your two-year-old, and continuing to practice with your older children. Splash the Alphabet never gets old.
And guess what?
If your preschooler is uninterested, you can put it away. Preschool is about exposure. There are plenty of ways to learn through play right now. Start with these 50+ activities for kids at home.
You can also begin to add alphabet tools to your everyday play to encourage letter recognition.
Talk about the alphabet when your preschooler is willing.
Learning letters should be FUN!
This alphabet activity is also wonderful because it is set on a vertical surface.
Vertical surfaces require strength from different muscles that also need to be strong for future skills and development.
You will also love this vertical surface alphabet painting activity from Busy Toddler.
Squeezing a squirt bottle is essential for fine-motor practice.
This practice will help with pencil grip and scissor skills.
Squeezing the squirt bottle in the early years will improve pencil grip! You don’t want to miss reading more about why and how HERE.
Let’s get this alphabet activity set up!
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Directions to get started:
Put about 3 drops of paint into each squirt bottle.
Fill the rest of the squirt bottle with water.
Layout a large piece of paper and write the alphabet. You can add the alphabet in order or randomly throughout the paper.
Gather alphabet letters. You may write them on construction paper like I did here, or you may use letter tiles or magnets that you already own.
Now you can take a seat and sip on that coffee.
Pass one letter at a time to your preschooler.
When your preschoolers get the letter card, they squirt the letter on the alphabet chart.
Once the letter recognized, your preschoolers will return the letter and exchange it for a new one.
The language you can use at home:
“This is an uppercase E, and this is the lowercase e. Let’s look at how they have a different look. Can you find the same letter on your paper?”
“You’re right! That is the letter H. (make the sound) H is the same sound you hear for Hayes.” – Do the same with your child’s name.
Using the squirt bottle made learning and reviewing the alphabet fun for both of my boys.
Keep this idea close for the next time the sun is out, and you require an excellent alphabet activity.