Since my son was tiny I have pointed out letters, signs, colors… now that he is too big and I am too pregnant to have him in the Ergo we still play this game. It’s a simple letter hunt. Today we went for coffee ( apple cider) and found lots of letters along the way. The small pad we used fits easily in my purse and also serves as a doodle pad if he’s getting antsy while we are out.
- Gather your materials. You will need a pencil , a marker, and a pad of paper.
- Write the alphabet on your pad with your marker. You can do uppercase, lowercase or a mix!
- Go run your errands. When you have a chance find some letters. This sign was a gold mine!
- Don’t forget to check them off your list.
- A fun variation would be to take pictures of the letters, print them off and make a poster or book. Once my little guy is a little better with the camera we will be tackling this one.
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Animalia by Graeme Base is iconic in teaching circles, you can loose yourself for hours in the detailed illustrations. The book is an alphabet book on steroids! Each page had a wonderful paragraph in each letter such as for the letter L “Lazy Lions lounging in the local library.” The pages are filled to the gills with pictures of things that start with that letter as well. Parents and kids a like will fall in love!
In the Town All Year-Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner is amazing. This book’s premise is the comings and goings of a town in all four seasons. There is limited text, which serves only to steer readers to look for specific people in the highly detailed illustrations. Each season has multiple pages and the people remain constant throughout the seasons. So you see inside an apartment building , the town square, the park, railroad station etc – in every season. You see the changes in town, the progression and of course the distinct weather in each section. The pictures also progress within the seasons, so a fire truck with a flashing light can be seen on every page in one season with the last page showing it getting to the fire . I can’t possibly explain the amazing detail and sheer number of things to find, make up stories about and spark your child’s imagination in this book. My son adores it. After renewing it multiple times from our library I bought it as his Valentine’s gift. It goes everywhere with us, perfect for long drives , waits in the Ob’s waiting room and plain old playtime he picks it up every day and finds something new. What I really love is that because there is no text but still multiple story lines it’s helped my son to understand that literacy isn’t just about words, it about explaining what’s going on, and reading the pictures too. The absence of text has allowed me to really show him that . Now he has started grabbing books with text and telling me he’d read me the pictures, which boosts both his confidence and his enjoyment of independent reading. So please grab this book .
Clay Quest Minis: Search for Shapes! by Helen Bogosian is a big hit with my son and me! I was lucky enough to have this book sent to me by the publisher because it’s already come in handy on a ferry, and waiting to be seated at a restaurant keeping my son happy and busy searching for shapes. This book is an activity book that has a simple rhyme and request for the reader to find 2 shapes on every page. The shapes are hidden in the adorable clay “illustrations”, really they are photographs of clay sculptures that range in theme from a spider web to dinosaurs to princess crowns and more. My son loves playing “Detective” and what I like is that the challenge is just right for his age group 2-3 year olds. Younger toddlers will still enjoy it and it’s vibrant colors but to do it independently this is the perfect age. I try to find negatives with books that are sent to me from publishers for review, but I am having a hard time this really is a good shape book!
Alice S says
What a great idea! We’ve played this game with colors; I don’t know why I havn’t thought of playing it with letters.
That’s a great idea! I will have to try that.
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I love this idea. We’re going on vacation for a week, and think this would be great to do! Thanks for, yet another, amazing idea!
Oh, you just reminded me that I need to print out photos of letters that we found around the neighborhood. The kids loved going on a hunt and using the digital camera to take photos. I was just a little distracted from this activity with childbirth. (He, he!) Now he’s 3 months, old- so I have no excuse! Need to go back to it and let the girls finish their project. Great idea to have a note pad w/ letters. I’ll have to remember that when little man is older. Dr. Suess’ ABC book is a lot of fun, too.
Enjoy your day!
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This is a wonderful idea! Next time I’m out with my little ones I’m definitely going to put this idea to use
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What a terrific idea! Thank goodness for you sharing your creativity- your ideas are always so doable, yet so much fun and educational too!
I love this idea. Thanks for the suggestion!
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FANTASTIC!!! Learning is around every corner isn’t it? I can’t wait to see how you incorperate baby into all your learning FUN— you are in for such a wonderful and exciting ride…. how much longer do we have to wait to meet our next little learner?
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Animalia is my all time favorite kid’s book! Thanks for all the amazing ideas every day. You are very inspiring!
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Magic Mummy says
This is a fantastic idea – I am going to try this with my little boy who is showing very little interest in letters at the moment 😉
Vicki Kouchnerkavich says
I’m doing a presentation on environmental print to local elementary school parents next month and was trying to think of an activity I could share with them. This is perfect, thanks for sharing.