Letter Recognition Activities For Kids

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Learning  letters is more than just being able to recognize them on a page and these playful activities are all fun ways to practice letter recognition. No matter your child’s ability you can use these activities for introducing or mastering letter recognition. A great place to start with the letters in your child’s first name. While I taught uppercase letters first as a teacher I really feel like the best way to teach is to do upper and lowercase concurrently. Try your hardest not to quiz or drill your child for facts and instead make it fun and meaningful.

Build With Letters
Font Collages
Magic Letters
Move & Groove Letter Game
Letter Snowman
Leaf Matching Puzzles
Letter Memory Game
Letter Monsters
Disappearing Letters
Sparkly Alphabet
Custom Letter Magnets
Gardening For Letters
Letter Sorting Tree

15 Playdough Activities & Recipes Too!

15 ways to play with playdoughThere is something so soothing about playdough. Some of my favorite memories from teaching were little conversations shared with students at the playdough table.  At our house we play with playdough so much that one of our kitchen drawers is filled with containers of it and fun stuff for my kids to add to the play. Below are some of my favorite playdough activities we have shared over the last 5 years here. I hope your kids have as much fun with it as we do.

Recipes for homemade playdoughand my favorite Gluten Free Playdough

Playdough Sculptures
Footprints In The Snow – Winter Playdough
Playdough Toy Prints
Playdough Battleground
Playdough Bakery Pretend Play
Explore Emotions with Mr. Playdough Face
Digging for Buttons in Playdough
Alphabet Playdough
Silly Hair – Playdough Play
Playdough Bugs
Drinking Straws + Playdough
Slicing Watermelon Playdough
Practicing Cutting With Playdough
Playdough Gingerbread Men
Playdough Earth

Kids Crafts Link Up { Add Your Post!}

link & Learn 2012

As promised I gathered up my very favorite links from last week - it’s was so hard to chose!  Were any of my favorites yours as well?

I have created this collage with the help of Memetales.com , what is totally rad about this collage is that you can click on the individual photos from the posts to go directly to the original post! You can see more collages like this one here on Memetales.

Best Of Link & Learn Chinese New Year Sensory Tub - Carrots Are Orange Toddler Approved!: Alphabet Sticky Wall art with melted crayons - happy hooligans - starry night melted waxhappy hooligans Montessori Monday - Montessori-Inspired Winter Playdough Activities | LivingMontessoriNow.com An idea on Tuesday: Inexpensive Holiday Fun Lego Fun Friday: Make a Duct Tape Lego Cape « Frugal Fun For Boys Making Boys Men: 10 Ways to Keep Young Kids Walking (Outdoor Play Party) Beach in a bottle  - Learning to play and playing to learn Laminated Heart Letter Match | Raptor Mama Early Chapter Books for Kids {Series about Girls} Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational: Viking Shield [upcycled history craft] Torn paper strip sticky collage | Teach Preschool Best Of Link & Learn allie

If you are brand new here, welcome! Link & Learn is a weekly link up for kids crafts, early learning and ideas for families with kids that want to do hand on activities together. Feel free to link up one ( or a few) links from your blog. Our only rule is that it’s something helpful, creative , educational or insightful for kids or the big people caring for them.



13 DIY Dress Up Costumes & Props

do it yourself costumes and props for dress up and pretend playPretend play is a must but spending too much on costumes and props is not. We love finding costumes at big box stores on clearance after Halloween but we also love making our own. Most of these DIY costumes and props are still around my house and are among the most treasured play things. These are all fantastic ways to support your child’s pretend play even if pretending doesn’t come naturally to you.

Paper Bag Cowboy Costume
Easy Princess Tutu
Batman Mask
Princess Wand
Superhero Cuff
Pirate Hat
Light Saber
Alien Headgear
Knight Shield
Pig Nose
Heart Wand
Creature Power Suit
Paper Beard

14 Heart Crafts & Activities For Kids

14 Heart Crafts For Kids For Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is in less than a month and it’s time to celebrate love and friendship while being creative, learning a little about shapes and getting ( a little) messy.  Here are 14 of our favorite Valentine’s Day Crafts that are all about hearts!

Heart Rainbow
Princess Wand Valentine
Heart H
Sorting Hearts Math Activity
Shake Painted Heart Valentine

Circle of Friends Heart Wreath
Paper Hug
Musical Hearts Game
Hearts Playing Card Banner ( great for a math lesson too!)
Puffy Heart Wreath
Love Bug with Heart Wings
Heart Tambourine
Heart Sun Catcher
Heart Filled Dump Truck Craft

For even more heart shaped and Valentine’s Day ideas check out our Holiday Pinterest Board. Don’t miss our Love Bomb craft that I completely forgot to add to this round up!