With the new school year starting and CutiePie turning 2, I thought it would be the perfect time to buckle down and start teaching CutiePie her letters. She’s so stubborn, and usually refuses to practice her letters. CutiePie is just as smart as SmartyPants was at her age, so I know she CAN learn her letters, I just need to find a way to make her WANT to learn.
On Monday I started off by cutting out a big letter F out of orange construction paper. I told the kids that F was the letter of the day. I put some masking tape on the back of it, and let CutiePie put it anywhere she wanted. It ended up at the bottom of the stairs, so anytime we go up or down the stairs I stop and ask her what it is. She knew it after the first day. I just keep asking her to make it stick in her long term memory.
Then, I came up with an activity which I knew she would love. I saw this somewhere on pinterest or some blog… I can’t remember, it’s been awhile.
Basically you get all of your magnetic letters and dump them into a tub filled with water. Then, you make a fishing pole and attach a strong magnet. We used an old hard drive magnet. Those things are ridiculously strong! What seemed like the perfect idea was a disaster. I had no idea that our tub was made of metal. So the magnet was constantly stuck to the tub, instead of catching letters. It was HORRIBLE!
So we filled a large bin/plastic container with water and letters and the kids went fishing in there. Sort of like ice fishing. CutiePie LOVED it. Whenever she caught a letter we all went over what the letter was called and what sound it made. We had a ton of fun, and the floor only got a little wet.
We stopped after almost a half an hour of fishing fun. Mostly because the kids were fighting. They were having trouble taking turns. SmartyPants liked catching letters and trying to make words out of the letters he caught.
Overall, it was a very fun activity for the kids. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to make learning letters a bit more fun. I would definitely recommend it to people who don’t have metal tubs.
Since then, the kids have been dry fishing. They dump the letters out onto the carpet and use the fishing pole to catch them. The magnetic letters have become one of their favorite toys.
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