Is your preschooler currently learning to read? If so, I’ve got a fun little activity to share with you. This Find the Missing Letters Activity is a really easy to prepare, engaging and fun activity that will get your child to learn the alphabet, sound out the letters and of course, read. The brightly colored cardstock strips and letter manipulatives make this activity exciting and lots of fun!
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Materials for Find the missing Letters activity:
- Cardstock (assorted colors to make it fun!)
- Permanent marker
- Letters (magnet letters, wooden letters, any letter manipulations with work)
- Craft scissors
- Start by cutting the cardstock into about 2″x 4″ strips. Make as many as you need, depends on how many words you’ll be using.
- Next, using the permanent marker and ruler, divide each strip into three sections.
- Come up with several, 3-letter words you preschooler is familiar with and write all letters of the word in each section besides one. Do with the rest of the strips.
- Next, lay out the cards in front of the child and set the letters beside.
The child has to use the letters manipulatives to fill in the missing letters for the words.
What is my child learning and improving?
- Reading (kids are visually seeing simple, 3-letter words, reading and sounding them out)
- Alphabet letters, their appearance and sound
- Fine motor skills (picking up the letters)
- Hand-eye coordination
- Cognitive skills (thinking, analyzing each word, predicting letters and sounds that are missing)
TIP- Let your child work at his/her own pace. Pressuring the child will allow stumbling and stall the learning process.