Splash the alphabet may be the greatest letter activity ever.
If you are looking for outdoor activity, stop the search. Splash the Alphabet is a hit!
Do you ever dream about being able to sit outside and drink your coffee as your preschoolers 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.
Let’s get started splashing the alphabet!
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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.
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Talk about the alphabet when your preschooler is willing.
Learning letters should be FUN! Read all about letter recognition to introduce learning through play at home.
Splash the alphabet 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.
Squeezing a squirt bottle is essential for fine-motor practice.
This practice will help with pencil grip and scissor skills. I have an entire collection of 50+ fine motor activities to help get us all started.
Squeezing the squirt bottle in the early years will improve pencil grip! You don’t want to miss reading more about why and how pencil grip practice begins long before forming letters on paper.
Let’s get this alphabet activity set up!
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- White paper roll – this is what we use.
- Markers – I keep a pack for myself
- Spray bottles
- Large alphabet cards
- Washable paint
Setting up Splash the Alphabet is easy.
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 as 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. Yep, cheers to you with this outdoor activity.
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 is recognized, your preschoolers will return the letter and exchange it for a new one.
Language to use with your preschoolers
I notice the Bb has a curved line and a straight line! Could you show me where it curves?
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.