A nice simple activity for A to practice her counting involves stickers, one of her favourite things. She loves to use stickers, placing them on paper, tables, chairs, cupboards, toys, the floor and even herself. I’ve had to remove a lot of stickers from places they shouldn’t be, and it’s really hard to get the sticky residue off clothing when it goes through the wash with a sticker attached. None the less, we keep stocked up on stickers because they are fun and both L and A enjoy using them a lot. So on a sheet of paper I divided each side into six equal spaces (folded in three, then in half) and wrote the numbers 1-6 on one side, and 7-12 on the other. Then A placed stickers in each space corresponding to the number written there. She enjoyed placing the stickers, and she carefully counted them as she put them on the paper.
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My preschooler has been learning to write his name. He already recognises his name when it is written, and he knows all of the letters. He can even write the letters quite well, yet putting them together is proving a little challenging!
Adding stickers to his name.
To help him practice getting his letters in the right order, we tried this little activity. I drew the letters of his name in bubble writing, and then got him to fill in the letters using stickers (he is sticker crazy!). As he did this, we talked about the letters, and spelt his name aloud several times.
T1 really enjoyed making his sticker name. It’s up on the wall, and he has been going to it and reading the letters out to anyone who is nearby!
This activity could also be used for learning the spelling of any words.
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The kids really like stars. I think their two favourite shapes at the moment are stars and love hearts. L, in particular, is going through a stage of drawing love hearts and stars on everything. So a simple post-dinner activity was placing star stickers onto a cardboard star.
I drew the stars on a sheet of cardboard and cut them out, then I let the kids loose with two star shapes each, and several sheets of star stickers. A placed random stars all over hers, while L used the stars to make patterns, and even a face on one cardboard star. She also layered some of the stickers to make some stars with lots of points.
A placing star stickers.
One of L’s multi-stickered stars.
Once they were finished placing stickers, we taped some thick pink paper strips to the top of the stars to hang them by.
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