Inside: Help your child recall letters with a simple letter recognition game to play today! Your child begins to know their letters through play.
Looking to practice letter recognition with your preschooler?
My four-year-old attends preschool Tuesday-Friday. At school, he has been learning one letter per week. Every week we talk at home about what he is learning but wanted more. I needed to know:
Which letters is my preschooler able to identify by name?
I want to understand where my preschooler is at with his letter recognition so that I know how to help him at home.
Sure, I can wait for the parent-teacher conference, but why wait until it is too late?
I can help my preschooler now at home through play!
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Kids learn through play.
Why is this?
Why don’t we use flashcards for letter recognition?
Simply put, learning through play relaxes the child and allows him to take more risks.
When you create meaningful play prompts for preschoolers at home, they have a chance to ask questions, make predictions, and extend their thinking.
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Here, I combined two of my preschooler’s favorite things: letters and race cars.
So I grabbed the following supplies and got to work.
the race cars
some painter’s tape
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Setting up took minutes!
Please do not underestimate the success of an under five-minute setup.
Here, we are looking for a simple play prompt that doesn’t involve extra gluing, cutting, and pasting. As a busy mom of three, I don’t have the energy for that.
Place the painter’s tape on your tabletop.
Create a “road like” design.
Write the letters of the alphabet on post-it notes. I chose letters A-M knowing that is what my preschooler has been learning in school. Again, I was curious about which letter names he was retaining.
Place the post-it notes throughout your roads.
Place one race car to the left of the letter recognition activity. Why place it on the left? Read about the importance of left to right progression here.
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Seeing which letters my preschooler recognized was super simple.
I sat on the other side of the table with my tea and simply called out letters.
Are you ready? Let’s drive your car to parking spot Nn!
Hmm, I wonder if your car will make it to parking spot Ff. Does he have enough gas to get there?
I am looking to see if your driver knows the first letter of the alphabet? Can you ask him to drive it to the first letter?
When I talk with my preschooler, I try to use terms that he will connect with. Since he is a big race car fan, I chose words that would move him along in our game.
I could have also kept a simple list of letters he recognized and letters that he missed to better understand which letters needed more practice.
I can’t wait for you to play this letter recognition game!