Monday, 3 November 2014

Pumpkin letter matching and DIY letter tiles

I mentioned recently that Mr. Toddler has been asking to practice his letters quite frequently lately. This week, we're finally diving in and really giving letters and reading the attention he's been craving. I came up with a few very simple idea to see which letters (letter sounds) he really knows. Then, I added an additional printable with a pumpkin theme because I'm like that. 

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Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}

Pumpkin letter activities for toddlers and preschoolers


To begin with, I made a simple table with all of the letters of the Russian alphabet. I used only lower case letters (although my printable pack contains both capital and lower case letters). I would make a letter sound, and asked him to point to the corresponding letter. Many he could point to when I asked. We had to do it in multiple sittings, usually as he was eating lunch as it took too long for an adventurous toddler. 


Letter tiles



Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}

I then printed a second table, and cut out each letter to make some simple letter tiles. I taped them to foam paper, and used thick, clear tape to hold everything together. I tried putting them through my laminator, but it really struggled with it so tape it was! 


Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}

Mr. Toddler then had to take our letter tiles and match them to the grids I had printed earlier. He took to this work immediately, especially as he's been loving matching. He made some of the letter sounds correctly as he matched. Definitely something we will be working on more in the future. 


CVC words 


For preschoolers or kiddos that are more advanced, you could use these letter tiles to make CVC words. You can have them add the beginning sounds, make their own words, etc. We don't have too many CVC words in Russian, but I will be trying this after I am sure Mr. Toddler has a sound grip on more letters. 


Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}



Pumpkin letter matching


I added a pumpkin component by making pumpkin letter tiles, as well! Mr. Toddler was quite excited about seeing this work, and immediately started matching. 



Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}



Alternatively, you could have your little ones match the pumpkin letter cards to the plain letter cards. 


Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}


Fine Motor Letter Matching


I also added a simple fine motor component by asking Mr. Toddler to Match the pumpkin cards to clothespins with letters written on them.  

Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}

The presentation: 


Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}


Note: we are working exclusively with lower case letters at this point, and I recommend that you start off with that. Most of written language is in lower case so I want to make sure that Mr. Toddler has a solid knowledge of that before we move on. I actually realised while I was taking photos that I had made my clothespins in upper case and had to start over. Oops, but the idea is the same. 


For older kiddos, you could mix up the cases and ask them to match those. 


Free printables


Preschool pumpkin activities: pumpkin letter matching {Welcome to Mommyhood}


Pumpkin letter tiles Russian

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