Thursday, February 10, 2011

Outlining Letters

I've offered this activity with several groups of children, but the group I have now is the only one that really   seemed to enjoy it and keep doing it.

Print letters, words, or shapes on pieces of paper. Offer objects to place on the lines. This week we used some "jewels" from an old board game and some small rocks (from a craft store).

We focused on a key word; you could use letters from the kids' names or other key letters or shapes. In this previous post, you can see this same group of kids use lids and cube blocks on letters made from tape on the floor.

I love how simple things can keep kids engaged for quite a while.

Have you done this type of activity? How did the kids respond?


  1. I'm glad you kept offering this project until you found a group that liked it. I had a parent complain the other day that everything we do at our school seems like an experiment and I answered, "It is."

    1. I love that response. I always have the same basics (puzzles, books, table toys, different bicycles) etc...and every year I find that "the class" has it's own vibe. It can't be predicted so I go with whatever interests them.

  2. Isn't it interesting Scott how from year to year the children's interests can swing so dramatically? It really is worth revisiting things with new groups of children even if they did fail the year before ... they certainly like to keep us on our toes don't they?
    Donna :) :)

  3. We have a bowl of little polished rocks from our first rock tumbler experiment and I didn't know what to do with them -- thank you!!

  4. i love this my older toddlers would love to think of items that won't fit into the choking tube so we can have it in the room!