I was fortunate to have scored an awesome deal on a National Geographic Little Kids subscription awhile back for just $5 (these deals seem to come around quite often so I would keep an eye out if you want one) and it was totally worth it. My 4 year old loves the little magazines and will sit there with me until we have gone through every page. They are filled with lots of interesting information like her favorite one right now is about glaciers and icebergs. There are also cards that you can tear out that show a picture of an animal and the flip side has some facts about the animal written on them. It’s amazing how much of this information they retain.
She’s also been learning her zoophonics and really getting into sounding out words so there’s the perfect activity where they show pictures of various items and write out the word but is missing the first letter. She has been improving on this activity and mostly has a hard time figuring out what starts with a “k” vs a “c”.
We were sitting in the play room the other night and she starts pulling out random items from the cabinet where I store things I want to use in future craft activities and wanted me to make something for her. I was exhausted from days of non-stop meetings at work so I threw together this not so impressive egg carton game for her.
I was initially thinking she could find small things that started with each letter and put them in the carton but quickly found that most of the stuff in our play room was much too large to fit in the carton. Despite that I was surprised by how much she enjoyed this activity. She had so much fun running around trying to find an item that started with each letter like:
Her bean bag chair “L”adybug
A “F”rog toy
A “T”urtle and “N” was a hard one but she finally came up with…
After she found something that started with each letter in the egg carton we went through again and this time tried to find something that was the same color as the letters in the carton. She found yellow star stickers, green wheels, a blue book, etc.
I’m thinking when I have more time I may print out pictures of animals and have her sort those based on the first letter or take her outside and have her find things out there to match up with the letters. There is an endless list of possibilities and as long as she’s having fun why not. At least it’s a free form of entertainment that keeps her away from the TV!