One of my favorite hashtags to use on Instagram is #learningisfun, because really, it can be! Kids love to learn by engaging all of their senses (which is also why I have a slight obsession with sensory play), by touching objects and using gross motor skills while acquiring information, their little brains are just firing like crazy. Now that my big boy is almost 5 (tears) and off to Kindergarten next year, we are advancing our activities to include a bit more literacy and sight words (despite my opinion of what kids REALLY should be learning at this age). For this activity, they are learning to spell by utilizing our toy trains that stick together with magnets to build words! Fun right?? I told you learning could be fun 😉
What you need:
- Toy trains
- Round stickers
- Index cards
What you do:
- Place a sticker with a letter written on it on each train car. (Letters in your predetermined sight words)
2. Write sight words on index cards. We chose to do ‘at’ words this time.
3. Present your child with a sight word and a few trains. Start with the letters in the word, plus a couple extra. This sets them up for success and will not overwhelm them. As they get better and building the words, add more ‘extra’ letters to make it a bit harder
4. Build the word by attaching the train cars!
*You can do this with colors, numbers and counting, etc.
Fun AND easy!
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