1) Fill a tray with a light coating of sand, ground
coffee, flour, or rice. Make sure
that the tray is a contrasting color so that when the kids make the letters,
they can see the surface of the tray underneath.
2) Form the individual letters out of food that
starts with that letter. For
example, make the letter B out of sliced bananas, carve the letter O in the
rind of an orange, or make the letter M out of mustard.
3) Have the children find the letters in the
environment. For example, they
might see that two intersecting branches make the letter T, a portion of a
ladder makes the letter H, or an Allen wrench or hex key makes the letter L.
4) Boil spaghetti and cool it. While it is still pliable let the
children form the different letters.
Then let the letters dry and paint them.
5) Take pictures of the letters that the children
made in the prior activities.
Print them out and let them spell simple words with the letters or even make
their own name.
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