I’ve seen the idea on Pinterest to use Bananagrams or Scrabble tiles as a part of lessons at home. They usually are very well designed and printed out forms that had to do with a certain theme, book or lesson. I tried to hand draw one with the girls’ names with the fancy little boxes I had seen on other ideas like this and I realized, I’m not that talented. So, we came up with a different version of playing with Bananagrams that work for older and younger kids.
Ta-da! Letter recognition and learning to spell and recognize their names!
1. Stamp your kids names in a simple sentence with Alphabet Stamps. Have them find the stamps to hand to you to stamp out. (You could also just draw the letters too, but we had alphabet stamps, so we decided to use them). Lay out the Bananagrams tiles and have the kids cover up the letters on the paper with the tiles. Have them read and sound out the sentence. (Both girls aged 5 and 3).
2. Letter stack. I made simple (at) words and stacked letters in front of it (m, c, s, h, r, b). With each letter she took off the top she could read each new word and really got the whole concept of at-family words. She was so proud of herself! (Maisy)
3. Letter hunt. We bunched a lot of letters together and I asked Maren to find a certain letter in the bunch. Her older sister helped her out when she was stumped. When Maren found the letter on her own, she was mighty happy.
4. We took the letter hunt further and hunted out the alphabet and made a complete letter alphabet line.
Big high fives were had all around after we completed all of our letter activities. It’s so fun to see the pride and joy in this fun letter activity!