After my daughter and I explored letter recognition and upper and lowercase letter matching yesterday with slime we started looking around the playroom for more items to use with the slime. Immediately we saw the cookie cutters that we usually use with playdough. We started making letter impressions and I knew right away that this would be perfect for my preschool class that aren’t quite ready for the tiny little alphabet beads that we used yesterday. They are still learning their letters and these big cookie cutters are perfect for their newly three-year-old hands.
Gather your materials. You will need some slime ( check out this post for our recipe), and some alphabet cookie cutters.
Explore and have fun squishing the slime through the cookie cutters and making impressions.
As we were playing we discovered that we could also use these cookie cutters to make words. What a fun way to work on spelling words! If you have lowercase cookie cutters that would be even better ( we only have uppercase ones). What a great way to use slime for older siblings and younger siblings at the same time. Here are five basic early literacy ideas you could do using just slime and alphabet cookie cutters :
Place all the cookie cutters on the table and give your child a ball of slime to flatten.
1.Call out a letter sound and have your child grab the letter that makes that sound and squish it into their slime.
2. Call out a word and have your child spell it.
3. Call out a word and have your child spell a rhyming word in the slime.
4. Call out a word and have your child squish the letter that makes the initial letter sound into the slime.
5. Just let them play with the letters and slime. Trust me they are learning.
How do you use sensory materials for literacy learning? Leave a comment and tell me how or pop over to No Time For Flash Cards Facebook Page and tell me!