At a super-crazy sale at our craft store last week, I picked up a few packs of leaves–at literally a quarter a piece.
I remembered reading about this cute idea a while ago on one of my favorite, favorite blogs, and I couldn’t help myself. Why not make some time for some leafy letter learning!?
I’m a sucker for alphabet games and letter learning.
Especially when that learning happens on glittery, beautiful, fall leaves!
Letter Leaves: Leafy Letter Learning
I stuck with letters–uppercase and lowercase–because I thought that both Cora and Owen could use them in different ways. But I have some extra leaves so I’ll put numbers on them in the next few days.
First I played letter leaves with Owen.
I called Owen over to me one afternoon, and I had ‘Owen’ spelled out in front of me on the leaves.
He said, Hey. My name’s on those leaves.
I said, Oh my gosh, it is. How funny? And look, all of other letters are on those leaves. Can you help me match up these uppercase letters with their lowercase letter friends?
Um, maybe. I think I’ll help you for a second.
So we matched up some letters–not all of them.
Maybe about half, and then he was finished for a while.
our matched letters–uppercase and lowercase
Then I played letter leaves with Cora.
I put a few leaves in front of Cora–letters C, O, R, A.
I said, Cora, your name begins with a ‘C’. ‘C’ is your special letter. ‘Cat’ starts with ‘c’, and ‘crayons’ starts with ‘c’ and ‘candy’ starts with ‘c’. Here are the letters of your name, C-O-R-A.
I repeated it, then I mixed up the letters of her name and said, Oh, no. Your letters got all mixed up. Let’s fix them.
We put them back in order, mixed them up again, and put them in order again. And then she said, Let’s do the ABC Song. (Yes! I’ll do the ABC Song!)
So we worked together to put the uppercase letters in alphabetical order so we could sing the song and point to each letter as we sang.
Even Owen joined in on the letter-arranging.
And that’s all the sneaky learning for today.
It’s all about making fun learning accessible.
When we were finished, I put the leaves into a small basket and left it on the table. Occasionally Maddy, Owen, or Cora have them out on the floor as words, names, clothes, or flying carpets for their Polly Pockets or cars. I really can’t complain, at least they’re playing with their letters, right?
More letters of the alphabet fun:
- magnetic letter learning
- eating letters
- jell-0 mix letters
- tic-tac-toe letter fun
- building letters
- on the road letter hunting
- teeny-tiny alphabet books
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Micheal's has these for 60% off right now. I am going to go get a couple of packs.
Looks like I'll be making a trip to Micheal's! You really know how to engage your kids in fun learning.
I posted a new grid game and linked to your post that offered insights into the value of grid games. http://explorations-in-learning.blogspot.com/2009/11/squirrel-grid-game.html
This/you are awesome. Trying to think of what I taught my children today…maybe not to slam the toilet lid on the other child's back when she is trying to use it.
OMG – that "George" is me, KC. Sorry about that. Long story. You know I have identity issues, right =)
Raising a Happy Child
I am so going to go back to Michaels and get some. What an awesome idea, only in my case I'll use them for those sight words you gave in another post 🙂
Pink & Green Mama
Adorable!! Great job and I love the games you made with them. Our girls have been having fun jumping in piles of leaf letters! : )