Little Miss wanted to play with some magnetic words and watch some tv so Little Mr and I went into the garden where I had an idea for some fun learning. We grabbed our box of chalk from the craft cupboard and I wrote some words on the patio, one word per slab. We started with 6 common words: to, slow, am, the, so and me.
I called out the word and Little Mr jumped to the word I had called out, simple but effective! He really enjoyed it and soon asked me to write some other words, he told me what he wanted to see and I wrote them down.
A little while later he asked to add even more words but this time he wanted to write the words himself, eventually we had 13 words written down and were taking it in turns to call out words and hop around the squares.
To keep it fun and varied we write "start" and "finish" on some more squares and Little Mr would hop around from start to finish jumping onto the words he could read, if he got it wrong he went back a square. It was great fun and amazing to see how well he picked it up.
We also tried playing this game in a slightly different way which was by me spelling out a word for him to hop on to. This worked well for words he was struggling to remember.
Once he was sure he knew a word Little Mr liked to underline the word and spell it out to me "s.e.e is see mummy!"
We both laughed a lot!
Adding more variety we blew bubbles and tried to read the words that bubbles landed on. This would probably work better with a sports bean bag or a pebble but we can try that another day.
By the time daddy got home, Little Mr was able to confidently spell a few new words and was excited to show off the second his dad walked through the door.
Little Mr is 3 and a half and loves letters and words and can currently read approximately 40 words, he loves learning new words so this game will be fantastic fun for the summer.
I also plan to do similar using letters and numbers rather than words for Little Miss, who is 2.
Such a simple exercise but so much fun, a great summer activity and helps with letter recognition, spelling, reading, writing and co-ordination.