I cannot take credit for this word activity as my tot made it up one day on his own. He used to play with the scrabble letters like they were “loads” for his trucks until one day he realized he could make words with them. So one afternoon we sat and worked on creating words. He would pick out a bunch of letters and we would find a word that could go with the letters he chose. This way he was learning how they fit together.
Most little boys have trucks or cars, but if you don’t have either of these you can do the same activity with plates! Instead of ‘loads’ you would have Food Words! All you need are scrabble letters or you can make your own letters using thick cardboard paper. The idea is to have fun creating words using toys that your children use everyday. This not only invites their interaction, but also helps them to realize the connection between the objects they love and everyday words.
A really great way to give your child a head start is to use small three letter words and then replace one of the letters and have them sound out the word with the different letter.
- C A T is cat.
- So that means that PA T is ____.
They catch on and pick it up quickly and it also teaches them how to use their phonic sounds. To see the excitement in my son’s eyes when he can see a word that he remembers we worked on and to be able to read it is priceless. Now he sees words everywhere and points and says, “That says!” Then later he will try to build the word with his ‘loads’.
Test it out! Let me know how it works and don’t forget to have fun with it!