An alphabet matching activity with 2 supplies – that’s it!
I was looking down memory road the other day – watching and wondering how my little baby girl suddenly became a big toddler lady. Do you ever get caught in moments like that? Where you stop dead in your tracks just in a memory?
Well, I do. But that might be because I’m a day dreamer or because I was avoiding doing laundry.
Either way, I was looking at my “not a lot of baby left” little girl and remembering the baby who was loved sitting in her high chair, grabbing foam shapes and letters off the window. Where did that baby go?
Why won’t time just slow down?
I can’t exactly go back to that little baby in the high chair – I’m pretty sure my independent woman of a 2 year old would never go for it.
But I could play “recreate the memory for sentimental mom” and do an updated version of her favorite baby game. Of course, 26 month old toddler edition and that’s how this alphabet matching activity came to be.
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My love for foam letters…let me count the ways
I always try to tailor my activities to my kids – to their interest, to their ability level. Since my daughter is suuuuuper (yes, all 5 u’s necessary) into letters, I knew this had to be an alphabet matching activity.
Who doesn’t love using dry erase markers? I mean, they are practically magical the way they erase. And writing with them on a window, well, that’s just silly mommy!
I took my marker and in my nicest, not-grocery-list handwriting printed letters on the window. I did capital letters to match the capital letter foam pieces. If this was for my 3.5 year old, I would have done lower case letters to up the challenge.
There’s one critical tip to make this alphabet matching activity work.
You have to – HAVE TO – get the foam pieces wet first. No ifs, ands, or buts. This is a must. I put mine in a small container of water and briefly showed my kiddo how to make sure they were wet.
And off she went.
And the minutes flew by.
Until she was ready to play again. So she pulled her pieces off the window, wiped it down, and I gave a solid assist with reprinting the letters.
Of course I put them in a different order for round 2 which threw her for a loop and I loved it!
This alphabet matching activity ended up being a perfect “redo” of that beloved baby activity from yester-year. Made me want to freeze time a little or at least beg it to slow down.
Will you try this alphabet matching activity with your kids?