Try this Mystery Letters activity with your Preschooler or Kindergartener. They will use what characteristics they know about the letters to pick out the right one.
I had B pick out 3 Melissa and Doug magnetic letters and we put them into a brown paper bag. I asked him if he could reach his arm in and pick out the letter E without looking. To find it without looking, they really have to know and feel for the different characteristics of a letter.
He did it once without looking but then he refused to do it unless he could look. I stopped myself from fussing with him about it because I realized who cares if he is looking. The real goal is to have fun while identifying letters.
You could also do this activity with:
or small toys.
No matter what is in the bag, they are following directions and thinking or looking for different characteristics.
What I would do different next time:
*Pick out the letters myself – I would start by using letters that have distinct characteristics like a T, O, and B for example. I think the M and the E were too similar for the first time with this activity.
*I would have worded the directions differently – Instead of saying “See if you can find the letter M.” I would say “Use your fingers to find the letter M without looking.”
*I would start with something simpler like shapes or small toys to introduce the activity before jumping in with the letters.
Monday 15th of February 2010
What a super idea. I think we will try something like this! Sweet Pea would love it.
Saturday 6th of February 2010
What a great activity for letter recognition. I like that this is versatile and you could use it for shapes, numbers etc. The tips for what you would do differently are excellent.
I would be delighted if you were to feature the texture cards I made. Feel free to use the photo as well. When Savvy was little I also made a texture jigsaw puzzle which she really liked. I need to make some more textured things as Blake seems to also enjoy these experiences.
The link for the textured jigsaw puzzles is:http://etadventures.blogspot.com/2008/06/toddler-triumph-textured-jigsaw-puzzles.html
Friday 5th of February 2010
I love that you share what you'd do differently next time... it's a big help to those of us following in your footsteps! We haven't done letters but we've played this game with small objects lots of times.
Friday 5th of February 2010
i tried this with my kids--we used toys that they had picked out! i put them one at a time into a pillowcase and they had to reach in and guess which toy it was! they couldn't do it! i was totally shocked! they are 6 and 3! i thought it would be soooo easy, especially since they picked the toys! but they were guessing things they hadn't even picked! but, they did say it was fun!