Judah loves learning new things. Finding objects that match the words he places with letters is one of his favorite things to do. We’ve come up with all sorts of different games for letters, numbers, colors and shapes but this game Judah made up all by himself. I thought I would share it with you because it is a really fun game to play with your toddler and will also help them recognize their letters and numbers.
The only requirement is that you have an Alphabet Letters & Numbers (or just your letters if you want) Foam Mat. Pay no attention to the price. You can get them at Walgreens or shopping centers cheaply.
Take all the letters and numbers out and place them to the side. Shape the mat into individual blocks. We get 6 cubes when we’re done.
The object of the game is to find out where the letters and numbers in the pile go on the cubes. Judah will grab a letter and my husband and I will search for the corresponding letters/number on the cubes. We set all six cubes (one with the right matching letter) next to each other and say, “Where isssss it?” And Judah will find it and punch the letter in exclaiming, “There it is!”
We always tell him what letter/number he is holding, even if he knows what it is. This helps him recognize the letter and by punching the letter into it’s place he is recognizing it by it’s characteristics. Sometimes when we hand him the letter, and he knows what it is, we’ll ask him what it is for: A is for Apple, B is for Ball, etc.
So if you have the foam letter/number mats you should really try this out! It’s a really great way to have a lot of fun with your toddler while helping them to learn.