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Maybe you haven’t noticed, but Little C has a Velcro obsession, browse around a few more posts, and you’ll notice the trend. Any activity I add Velcro to becomes an instant hit with her. She loves the ripping noise of the Velcro, and the fact that whatever activity I add Velcro to becomes interactive.
Ripping letters off, and putting them back on, is a million times more interesting than just pointing at letters to memorize them. Plus of course, this Velcro stick goes well with the ABC song. For this activity, Little C rips all the letters off, puts them on the ground beside the stick, then once she has all the letters off, she puts them back one of two ways. The first way, is to start with the letter A. She searches through all the letters until she finds A, then she puts it on the stick where the letter A should go, then moves on to B, and so on, until she has found, and placed all 26 letters on the stick. The second way, she picks up a random letter, and finds where the letter should belong on the alphabet stick. When she does it the second way, she either goes straight to where she knows the letter belongs on the stick, or she starts with A, and goes down the line saying all the letters, until she finds the letter she is looking for.
This activity helps Little C with letter recognition, as well as learning alphabetical order. Plus it works her little fingers when she rips the letters off. She has been able to recognize all her letters for awhile now, but since working with this stick, she has started to say her ABCs in order all on her own. Here are a few pictures of Little C playing with the, “ABC stick.”
- A piece of wood that is 52 inches long, and two inches wide.
- Self adhesive velcro dots.
- Colorful letters from A to Z
- Thermal Laminating Machine
- Laminating Pouches
- Cut a piece of wood 52 inches long, and two inches wide.
- Starting from one end, measure, and use a pencil to mark every two inches.
- Place the soft side of a self adhesive velcro in-between each mark.
- Laminate, and cut out your letters. You can create your own letters on Microsoft word, or find them here.
- Place a scratchy velcro on each letter.
- Write a letter, from A to Z under each velcro, so your child can learn where each letter goes in the alphabet.
- Place all the letters spread out near the velcro stick, and explain how to match each letter to the matching letter on the stick. The first few times you may have to help your child, depending on their skill level.