This post was contributed by Jaimi of The Stay-at-Home-Mom Survival Guide.
A Simple Sticker Activity for Learning Letters & Shapes!
Simple activities to set up and clean up have been my strategy lately as I await the birth of my twins and prepare for the busy holiday season. This sticker activity for learning letters and shapes is SO simple. It was fun for my older toddler and it helped me assess her knowledge of shapes and letters. All you need is a piece of colored paper, stickers and a marker!
Learning Letters & Shapes with Stickers!
Here is how we practiced learning letters and shapes:
Draw a variety of shapes or letters onto a piece of colored paper. If your child needs to work on one shape in particular, you can draw a lot of triangles, for example, and fill in the paper with a variety of other shapes. If using letters with this method write many A’s, or whatever letter you would like to emphasize, then fill in with other letters.
Present the stickers and paper to your child. Ask her, “Can you find a circle?” When she points to a circle, tell her, “Put a sticker on each of the circles you find.” Then help her to stick a sticker onto each circle. If using letters, you start the same way, but will be covering up a letter with each sticker.
After my child had covered each of the shapes or letters that she needed to learn, I would ask her to point to other shapes or letters. When she found it (with or without my help) she placed a sticker on it. Expanding activities when your child is still showing strong interest is a great way to boost attention span and confidence.
When my daughter showed signs of wanting to be done with the stickers, she turned the paper over and wanted to try drawing shapes. All together this activity allowed me to do some informal assessment so that I could learn which shapes and letters she was able to identify and what I still needed to teach her. It also worked the pincer grasp (important for writing), fine motor control and following directions.
This simple shape and letter learning activity is a great one to set up as a center for preschoolers when you are making dinner or wrapping presents. For older children, you can write out math problems and your child can cover each equation that results in a given answer. This would be great for sight word practice too. Write sight words on the paper, when your child identifies them he/she covers them with a sticker.
We keep all the extra stickers in a bin for sticker collages and activities such as this. I even cut off the address portion of an address label and save the little thumbnail images on the left side to use as stickers. This activity will take less time to set up than it took you to read this post and is practically free! What other ways can you envision using this activity for learning?
I’m glad I’m not the only mama who hoards stickers! This is such a great idea for learning letters and any preschool concepts really. It reminds me a bit of our Letter P is for Pumpkin Halloween Activity, but we used dot markers to identify the letters instead of stickers. Thanks for this awesome learning idea, Jaimi!
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