Use colored play-dough to make letters. Roll the play-dough into pencil-thick coils. Use the coils to form letters. Some letters may be capitals; and the letters may not all be the same size. That's ok!
Then use the letters to create words.
If you would like to save one of the words, let the play-dough dry, and then glue the word onto a piece of cardboard or poster paper for display.
Use chalk to write a jumbo word!
Have your child say a word. Write the word in great big jumbo letters on the pavement of the playground or linoleum floor. (Don't worry, the chalk washes up quickly and easily!)
Have your child to walk along the path that each letter makes. Have them hop, skip, spin, crawl, tiptoe, baby-step, giant-step, walk backwards or dance.
When your child has explored one word, wipe it off and write a new one. Or move to a new spot on the pavement.
Your child might want you to hop, skip, jump and so forth across the letters. Why not do it? It can be fun to share this game with your children!
- from "Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read," by Peggy Kaye
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