Get ready for Post-It Name Match: an easy learning activity.
What is it about kids and Post-It notes? My three kids can dismantle an entire pack in minutes – I’m not even mad; just kind of impressed. So I’ve been working on creating Post-It activities for them and my latest creation is this Post-It Name Match.
This activity was 100% inspired by Days with Grey’s Find the Name activity – one of our favorites.
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How learning names can unlock the ABCs
The first word most children learn to read is their name. It’s fabulous. It’s important. And they see it everywhere.
The next words they learn to “read” are usually the names of their family members – again because we are important and awesome and fabulous.
This activity give kids the chance to “read” all these names and distinguish / differentiate between all these different words. Remember, the road to reading is a long one – this is just one small piece.
Alphabet knowledge must be built hands on!
What gives this activity a little extra, and a little something something is that these Post-It notes are hidden around my house… but we’ll get to that!
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So here’s how I set this up:
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I knew I wanted this activity to be big, so I ran for my beloved butcher paper. One of my favorite activity supplies! Go big or go home, right?!
I wrote all the names in our family on this paper, about 4 times over. We have a family of five so that meant 20 names to sort through.
On my 20 Post-it Notes, I wrote out the names… then I hid them around the room.
Post-It Name Match gets them moving!
My daughter was sprinting back and forth – grabbing a Post-It and matching them to the correct name.
She did come up with a pretty genius toddler hack and made sure to grab 2-3 Post-Its each time – she’s a quick one.
By the end of the activity, she was worn out, had spent some quality time with five words that she can now “read”, and had a better understanding of how to spell all of our names (and that’s some alphabet knowledge that no flashcard can give her!).
A simple activity that goes the distance.
Not too bad for a little butcher paper and some Post-It notes! She got moving, I got to drink hot coffee, she got to practice “reading”, and I got to practice sitting. Everyone was a winner.
But that’s the thing about Post-It notes – kids can’t get enough of them. They’re the perfect activity supply! Post-It Name Match was exactly right for my daughter (and me).