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  • Want to Help Your Child Master Big and Small Letters? Try This Fun Activity at Home!

    Learning about big and small letters has never been more fun!
    by Kate Borbon .
Want to Help Your Child Master Big and Small Letters? Try This Fun Activity at Home!
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  • When teaching kids the alphabet, most parents use tools like flashcards, charts, or worksheets. And while these resources can certainly help build your child’s early speech and language skills, preschool activities that require your child to exert a bit more brainpower and move her body can be just as useful.

    Susie Allison, a teacher-turned-stay-at-home mom who runs the blog Busy Toddler, writes about how important it is to allow children to play and move around while learning. “When kids play and learn with the alphabet, things link and connect so much better than if we use a still and rigid flashcard. Let’s bring moving into the equation. Let’s get kids learning with their whole bodies.”

    Her simple alphabet activity allows children to have fun while learning their ABCs while also giving them the time and space they need. At the same time, the activity is easy to set up and will grant you some time to focus on attending to other responsibilities or just getting a well-deserved break.

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    All you need for this activity are the following materials: paper (cut horizontally), sturdy tape, and some markers in different ink colors.

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    To prepare, lay down the paper and take a marker. Along the top border of the paper, write the different letters of the alphabet in upper case. Make sure to mix them all up so that they are not in their usual order. Along the bottom border of the paper, meanwhile, write the different letters of the alphabet in lower case. Again, make sure to mix them up.

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    Your child’s goal is simple: She has to match the capital or upper case letter to the correct small or lower case letter by drawing lines to connect them with one another. You can give her a marker with a different color ink to use when matching the letters to one another.

    (Since there are multiple terms used to refer to letters, such as capital, big, upper case, small, and lower case, Susie reminds parents to use whichever terms their children understand best.)

    Some children might find this preschool activity difficult at first, especially if they are still in the process of learning the alphabet. Susie herself said that she was unsure whether her daughter would be able to do the activity. It turned out that her child was able to finish the task by herself!

    “I didn’t know she 100% knows all her capital and lower case letters,” Susie writes. “It was shocking and amazing to me, especially because I don’t work with her on letters.”

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    The key? Let your child do the activity at her own pace. If she encounters difficulties, there’s nothing wrong with giving her a bit of an assist, but the idea is to allow your tot to learn without any fuss or drama just like you would let her learn other skills like walking.

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    Aside from helping your child master capital and small letters, this DIY activity can also foster your child’s motor skills. Understood.org writes that painting activities, which require kids to hold paintbrushes in their tiny hands, “help strengthen your child’s hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.” Similar activities like drawing and coloring using crayons, markers, pencils, and other tools, can also aid in developing your kiddo’s fine motor skills, Verywell Family writes.

    According to How We Montessori, matchup activities also bring about a lot of other benefits for your child. For instance, these give her the chance to master specific skills (such as recognizing how letters are written in upper and lower case), utilize her ability to store, organize, and retrieve information, and practice how to make connections between different items.

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    Finally, it’s an excellent way for your tot to demonstrate to you how much she knows! It can be easy for parents to underestimate their children’s knowledge, but with the help of activities like the alphabet matchup, kids have a chance to wow Mom, Dad, and the rest of the family.

    “Kids can often do more than we give them credit for,” Susie shares in an Instagram post. “Maybe you aren’t sure your kiddo would keep a sensory bin some way tidy, or wouldn’t focus enough for dot stickers, or wouldn’t have fun with Post-It Notes. Kids have a way of rising to the occasion or doing so much more than we expect.”

    Planning on doing this and other fun and fuss-free preschool activities at home with your little one? Tell us about your experience below and click here for another idea!

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