Get active while you work on ABC skills with your preschooler. Try this fun spin to find the letter, then swat it with a fly swatter!
I’ve been working a lot on letters with George lately. He’s getting them down pretty good.
I’m just reinforcing what he already knows and building his confidence that he does know what the letters are!
This activity was inspired by an iPad app for young kids called KneeBouncers. It has all different areas of learning, but we focused on learning letters.
You choose whatever letter to work on and there are several games to play for each letter. They’re all the same concept, just with different letters.
It’s great repetition for young kids.
The Flowery letter game on KneeBouncers is about picking the flower that has the letter — whatever it is that they’re working on. It’s one of our favorites!
Find the Letter & Swat It! Active Way for Learning Letters!
I set up this find the letter and swat it game around the same concept, just with lots of physical activity. I thought it was a fun way to bring his on-screen fun into the real world!
I drew a bunch of circles on a piece of butcher paper (affiliate link) that I taped to the table. I just traced around an old cottage cheese container with Sharpie markers.
I purposely used several different colors to add helpful hints in the game later on, but it created another aspect of the game I wasn’t expecting.
In each circle, I wrote a random letter. I didn’t have enough room for 26 circles, so I just chose the letters that I knew George was already familiar with.
I picked those letter so that he would feel confident.
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Find the Letter and Swat It!
I love this game because it is so simple, but can be played in different ways, too. We kept it super simple.
Find the letter and swat it! That’s it!
George came to the table when I grabbed two fly swatters, wondering what we were going to do for our letter activity!
I called out a letter, George would then find the letter and swat it!
Sometimes if he was having a hard time finding it, I’d act like I beat him to it. I would say, “There it is!” and swat it myself.
He thought it was super silly.
Sometimes I’d have him swat a letter and tell me what it was and then I’d swat it myself too.
I’d also give him helpful hints with the color of the letter. For example, find the purple T.
Which turned it into another game.
If I told him it was a blue letter, he sometimes found another blue letter that wasn’t the one we were looking for.
So instead of telling him a letter to swat, I told him to find all the blue letters and swat them as he goes.
Then George had enough and wanted to clean up our activity (he likes peeling off tape) and asked to play KneeBouncers again.