These Ideas are for 2's and 3's
Idea Number 1. Read one of your child's favorite stories with them then act it out together. You can also make simple costumes and props - a book can be a boulder, a sweater is your wolf suit. Acting out stories also helps your child develop empathy. When your child acts out a character, they are identifying with the character's feelings.
Idea Number 2. Write the alphabet in large letters on a piece of paper. If your child has a favorite book with the alphabet you can use that as well. Next, write the alphabet on post-it notes or index cards, one letter per card or note. Hide the cards around your house. It's a scavenger hunt! Ask your child to find the letters. When they find one, ask your child to match the letter to the alphabet you've written or to the letters in the book you're using. Next, work on the sounds the letters make. Make the sound the letter makes and invite your child to make the sound with you. (The following is for older children.) Ask your child to think of a word that has the same beginning sound then tell you the word they're thinking of. You can also ask for words with the same ending sound - this is trickier.
These Ideas are for 3's and 4's
Building to 10. What you'll need: one 10 frame; 10 small objects - paperclips, pennies, etc, 1 die. (Click the link below for a visual aid.) How to play: ask your child to roll the die. In our example your child rolls 4, so he or she takes 4 pennies and places them on the 10 frame, one penny per frame. Next, ask your child how many more pennies do they need to make 10?
I have ____ pennies (4 in our example)
I need____ (6 in this example) more pennies to make 10.
Your child rolls and counts again! Please also refer to the visual aid below.
Nursery rhymes are so important! Act them out. Listen for rhyming words. Sing and read them. Print them out or copy them. Cut them into phrases/pictures and help your child put the rhyme back in order. Use them to ask your child to find beginning sounds, ending sounds, middle sounds. Enjoy!
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