Last fall Mini Me and I had a great time outside doing an alphabet hunt in the yard. He had so much fun doing it over and over! We made an attempt at doing it inside this winter and it worked well.
First, I wrote some CVC words on our train table. While Mini Me was otherwise occupied, I hid the corresponding letters throughout the house - plus a few extras for an added challenge.
When I called him over for the game, this is the super duper excited face he made! Okay, this isn't the original excited face because I made him reenact it for a photo, but he was truly very excited. He loves this game! For a chuckle, look at Little Lady's "What?" face in the background. She'll get it someday....
Mini Me set off to find the letters throughout the house. He had a smile on his face the entire time!
Little Lady did great joining in to find the hidden letters, too. She graciously gave each letter she found to her big brother.
Little Lady spied this yellow letter first but she couldn't reach it, so she had to find Mini Me for help.
Each time Mini Me found a letter he RAN it back to the train table. He found the matching letter on the train table and placed his foam letter on top. He started a pile of "extras" since I had also hidden letters (and numbers) that didn't go with the written words. Little Lady took it upon herself to sort the "extras" pile.
Once Mini Me found all the letters and put them in place, he started calling out the letter sounds. Together we put the sounds together into words.
He's really working on that /w/ sound!
Ever the little mimic, Little Lady also wanted to point to the letters and make a sound. Here she is pointing to the "p" and Mini Me and I are trying to get her to say /p/.
We did three rounds of this in a row on this day! Just like when we did this outside, it was a great activity for literacy practice AND burning a little energy!
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