I made this word family activity for Elliott. The idea was to use the 'at' ending to build a word with the beginning sounds I provided. We don't do formal lessons yet, but I like to do occasional phonics activities in preparation for our Kindergarten reading lessons.
I used a snowflake to turn it into a winter activity, but you could use stars or other shapes too.
I placed 8 letter beads (for the 8 spaces on the snowflake) in the tray that would spell words in the at family. He was able to choose the beads in any order.
Once he read the word to me, he was able to find the correct letter stamp, and stamp it into one of the circles before choosing the next letter bead.
Now he can use his finished snowflake to review! He was hit and miss with getting the stamps straight (laughing when he did it wrong, by the way) but he actually really enjoyed this activity. These only took a few minutes to put together, and only a few minutes for him to complete, making it an easy activity. The circles are a little small for some writers, but these could be laminated and reused with dry erase markers too.
Snowflake Color Matching
I printed the snowflakes from Childcare Land (Snowflake Songs and Fingerplays). I was originally looking for them to try out this Snowflake Colors activity from We Can Do All Things. She used one color per snowflake, but when I found the snowflakes, I saw that the creator had some with multiple colors, so I decided that would be easier for me, and still work perfectly for Emory.
This activity is so easy for reinforcing colors and working on fine motor skills.
Emory knew exactly what to do without any prompting from me.
He did think it was funny to go "Here?" on the wrong color and wait for me to giggle and say "Nooo!" before placing it on the right circle.
The finished product!
I laminated his snowflakes, since he's a little more rough on his supplies, and it could still lend itself to reuse. We used pompoms this time, but you could also use buttons, beads, bingo chips or even painted clothespins for a different type of fine motor practice. The clothespins could even be labeled with the color words for an older child.
Easy and fun while still being educational. My favorite type of activities!
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