It’s summer. It’s hot. Really really hot. I also have a 3 year old who has no interest in being indoors. So we are outside a lot. He also is really into learning letters now that he has his name mastered. Therefore, I give you our version of Water Phonics.
You basically only need two things: sidewalk chalk and a water squirter of some sort. We hit up the dollar store for ours.
Next I wrote letters on our driveway with the chalk.
The rule was he had to yell out the letter AND letter sound (and get it correct) in order to squirt the letter.
Water Phonics is a simple activity that kept him entertained for the better part of an hour. He was engaged, having fun, and learning all at the same time for literally the price of some chalk and a water squirter. And it’s hot, really hot, so any activity that involves water at this point in the summer is a win in my book.
Water Phonics can easily be tailored to suit the needs of your child. You could do capital or lower case letters, you could write numbers and have them count on or back, you could write sight words and fill water balloons letting them smash it on the word after they read it correctly. The possibilities are endless and the point is it’s fun and active which is always a win for children.
Written by Kelly