My kids love using sand on trays to learn letters and spelling, and they recently discovered that chopsticks make excellent writing utensils! Eight-year-old Emma enjoys writing out her spelling words this way, while six-year-old Johnny and five-year-old Lily enjoy practicing their handwriting. Even two-year-old Anna enjoys practicing her fine motor skills with a chopstick in sand – and she draws some really neat pictures! The kids write and write, and then gently shake the tray back and forth on the table to “erase” their writing. If you don’t want sand in the house, try this same activity with corn starch and water – the words, letters, and pictures will vanish “magically” AS you write them! We also use these trays with corn meal and rice – see below for links.
We get these trays from IKEA, and I have been using them ever since I started blogging six years ago, when I wrote about using them for sensory play with babies and toddlers! We also use our dyed rice (click through for a tutorial on making dyed rice at home) for sensory play, and my older kids love creating rice art on these same trays! Do you have an activity like this that you do over and over with little alterations?
Do you have a favorite letter writing or spelling activity for kids? I loved these lowercase abc tracing pages with playdough mats from 3 Dinosaurs, as well as these sign language alphabet flashcards from Look! We’re Learning! You can find more great ideas on my literacy board on Pinterest!
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