Our home preschool is in full swing around here! We’re trying to incorporate a Autumn-ish Apple theme to our learning activities. This letter recognition gross motor game is super simple, versatile and it sneaks in some great sensory input!
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Write out the letters you’re wanting your child to be mastering on the apple paper. Tape them down to the floor, spread out about one child’s step apart.
You can make this game fit your child’s particular needs and learning goals. First we started by simply hoping to the letter I’d call out. This familiarized my son with where the letters were located.
Then I decided to make it harder by asking him to slap the letter that says a certain sound. Occasionally, he’d need help with the vowels (English is ridiculous!) but he really started to catch on to the sounds each letter makes!
Then we got fancy and started spelling simple words. I coached him through it of course. But we’d think of a simple word, break down the sounds and then hop or crawl around until we’d spelled words like “hat”, “net”, “gas” and so on.
While he’s not necessarily spelling, he is making the connection between what letters look like, what they sound like and how those sounds come together to form words! He’s so excited!!!
And all the while, we’re getting proprioceptive and vestibular sensory input! What’s that you say? Glad you asked! Read this!
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