Writing letters with race cars to kick off the morning? Yes, please!
Welp. Here we are! The start of school with the big guys off for the day. It is just me, my four-year-old, and a writing letters with race cars Breakfast Invitation to start our day with play. – and we’re enjoying the time together to connect and explore letters.
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Before I ask my preschooler to write a letter, we will pay close attention to what letters look like.
Lines have curves.
Lines have straights.
In fact, lines have tunnels, dots, slants, sticks, tails, and crosses.
We don’t want to forget about introducing these important details to our early learners! There is plenty of time for play prompts to get comfortable and familiar with letters.
So here we are. Writing letters with race cars, and he is all about it.
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When it comes time for writing, my preschooler will be ready.
This is a risk-free way to introduce letters in the alphabet and allow organic conversations about each letter over breakfast. – You know that hot tea is my staple as my young child plays.
He discovers. I wake up. Then he runs off to play. It’s a win for the two of us.
At first, my four-year-old studied the letters and race cars.
I could see his mind wondering what this was all about.
Rather than swoop in and tell him what I intended him to do, I gave him time to study the activity.
Next, he began asking questions and making observations.
Why is there a W mom?
Oh, I see this green letter has a green car.
I am going to dive around the O first. Watch this, mom.
I am close enough to be included in casual conversation as he takes the lead in his learning through play.
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Let’s talk materials and setup:
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- White paper roll
- Markers – this pack of 40 is my favorite!
- Race cars – we like to pick these out at the grocery store in the dollar bin.
Tape down the white paper and add some large colorful letters onto the paper.
I like to keep this activity to about 6-8 letters to talk about each one. Having all 26 on the paper could make the activity look messy, and my preschooler could be more tempted to walk away. A smaller amount at a time is more doable.
I also check to make sure I have a race car to match my marker before writing the letter. I really had to dig for that orange car!
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Writing letters with race cars went so well!
As my four-year-old drove his car to outline each letter, he also made whooshing sounds and had his car do twists and turns in the air once finished.
We chatted about the letter’s name and whether the letter had curves or straights.
If you haven’t tried a morning activity with your preschooler or toddler, this is a great play prompt to start with!