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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Colourful Caterpillar - A 5 in 1 board game to practice shapes, colours, numbers.



A 5-in-1 activity. With lots of games to play you can practice shapes, colours, numbers, lower case alphabet letters as well as a board game.


This activity includes:
  • 1x A3, Caterpillar Mat
  • 1x set of lowercase alphabet letters
  • 1x set of numbers 1 to 10
  • 1x set of shapes (10 shapes)
  • 1x set of flower circles (1 to 10)
  • 1x die
  • 1x Directions for play
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

The Colourful Caterpillar - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

How to Play with the Colorful Caterpillar.

Place the Caterpillar mat on a table. Don’t forget to give your caterpillar a name. You have a choice between a number of different games:

Using the Shapes.
Use a white board marker to write in the circles of the caterpillar, either draw a shape and let your child match the shape, the word of a shape: e.g.: triangle, or the amount of sides a shape has: for example a square has four sides, so you would write the number four into the circle, your child must then find a shape with four sides.

Using the Numbers.
You can either write the number word out in the circles, your child must then find the correct number, or use the marker and draw dots inside the circle, your child must then count the dots and find the correct number circle.

Using the flowers.
Write the number into the circles, your child must then find the matching circle by counting the flowers.

Using the alphabet.
Choose ten letters of the alphabet; write these in the caterpillar circles. Let your child find the matching alphabet.

Using the Die.
Cut out, fold and glue the die together. With a white board marker write what you will be practising into the circle of the caterpillar, for example, if you would like to practice the uppercase alphabet, you will write 10 letters into the circles. You can use the flower circles as game pieces for the game. Now take turns rolling the die and moving forward, following the die instructions, who ever finishes first is the winner.

Tip: To keep any of these games interesting try using a point system or a timer system. Mix things up by using shapes, numbers and letters. Laminate the mat so you can use it over again. To give the caterpillar mat a good clean, give it a wipe with a tissue and a dab of rubbing alcohol/surgical spirits.

Play Dough Letters - Shaping letters with play dough



Make learning letters and sounds fun with this multi-sensory activity!  Kids will love making letters on these colourful, engaging templates. Before your child can write the alphabet why not let them practice shaping the letters with play dough. If you laminate these letter mats, all you do is wipe them clean and use again. Kids get to work on their fine motor skills as well as learning the sounds and names of the alphabet letters.


This activity includes:
  • 26x A4 letter templates (one for each letter)
  • Play dough recipe
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

 Play Dough Letters - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

You will need:

Play Dough (Recipe included)

Directions:
Provide your child with a Letter Mat and some play dough. Have your child roll the dough into long tubes and place over the letters. When completed, let them trace over the letters with their finger while saying the letter name and its sound.

Flipping Eggs-Alphabet - Upper to lower case matching




Learning the letters of the alphabet can be tons of fun with Flipping Eggs activity. This activity can be used for letter identification, upper- to lowercase matching, or matching the beginning sound to the letter. Also improves fine motor skills.


This activity includes:
  • 1x Egg Set of Uppercase Letters (26 eggs)
  • 1x Egg Set of Lowercase Letters (26 eggs)
  • 26x Eggs with corresponding beginning sound pictures.
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

Flipping Eggs - Directly download here

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

You will need:
  • A Spatula
  • A paper plate
  • A good idea is to laminate the sheets and then cut them out.

How to Play:
Choose how many eggs you are going to be using at one time. Place the eggs face down on a table. Provide your child with the paper plate. Your child will then pick the egg up with the spatula and put the egg on his/her plate. Your child must be able to name the letter correctly to keep the egg. This activity can also be used as a matching activity. Your child chooses the two eggs that match and puts them on the plate (upper to lowercase or beginning sounds).

Keyword Flash Cards - Letter and sound recognition


Teach your child letter sound and letter recognition. Your child will love these colourful keyword flashcards.  Before using letter-only flashcards, try using these flashcards with keywords to cue correct letter sound. Before your child starts reading, he or she will need a solid foundation. Flash cards are the perfect tool for helping your child to develop that foundation. Your child will learn vital skills such as uppercase and lower case letters, how to write the letters of the alphabet, letter sounds and letter recognition.


This activity includes:
  • 1x set of keyword flash cards
  • 12x games to play
  • 1x Alphabet Strip
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

Keyword Flash Cards - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

Stick the Alphabet Strip where your little one can see it. They may use this as a reference.

Flash card Hunt: You start out by hiding the flash cards around the house or a room. You don’t have to use all the flashcards. You call out a letter like this "Can you find W for wagon, your child will then hunt around the house or room looking for the correct letter or picture.

Letter sound Hunt: Spread the flash cards on the table. Take a walk around the house or garden, then point out objects and say the word, your child must then go back and find the starting letter flash card and stick it on the object with prestik. E.g: If you have a swing in your garden, ask your child to find the beginning letter Ss.

Letter Sort: Jumble the flash cards so they are not in order. Help your child then sort them alphabetically.

Letter identification game: Spread out the flashcards, printed side up. Call out a letter, your child must find the corresponding card as quickly as possible. Use a point system. For every correct letter, your child earns one point.

Copy the letters: Ask your child to choose a letter, then let him/her write it down, be creative, go write in the sand pit or get a shallow tray, add some flour, let your child draw in the flour.

Learning the alphabet: Display the cards where little ones will see it all the time! Go through the alphabet regularly, pointing to the letters and saying the sounds they make; of course you can also sing the alphabet song!

Alphabet race: Lay the cards out in a row - either alphabetically, or randomly. Have a counter for each player and a dice. Put the counters at the beginning of the row and let your child roll and move their counter the appropriate number of spaces. Depending on the age of the child, you can adapt the game in many ways:

When you land on a letter, you say the sound that the letter makes or move back x number of spaces.

When you land on a letter, you say the name of that letter or move back.

Say a word which begins (or ends) with the letter you have landed on, or move back.

Say a noun, adjective, verb, adverb etc. which begins with the letter you have landed on, or move back.

The winner is the first to reach the end of the row! This game is also very adaptable for different ages, as you can assign each child a task appropriate to their age and skill.

Which letter is missing? Lay out the alphabet cards in alphabetical order. Ask your child to close their eyes, take one card away. On your command they open their eyes and identify which letter is missing.

Beginning, middle and end: Use a set of alphabet cards and 3 containers (bowls, paper plates etc.) marked "beginning", "middle" and "end". Shuffle the cards and have the child turn them over one by one and place them in the appropriate container. Younger children could do this with the help of the alphabet strip.

Either side: Using a set of alphabet cards, turn one over at a time and try to identify as quickly as possible the letter before, the letter after, or both! Younger children could use the alphabet strip to help.

How many words: Give each player a piece of paper and a pencil, and shuffle the cards. If you want, decide on a "theme" such as flowers, girls' names, cities etc. Turn the top card over and, in a given amount of time, see how many words your child can shout out as quickly as possible for each letter. Every correct word, your child's earns one point.