Thursday, October 9, 2014

Chalk Alphabet Driveway Game

Jack is very excited about winter! He has been wearing his hat and gloves the past few days. The temperatures have been in the 70's. I, on the other hand, want to enjoy every last second of Summer (even though Fall started last week). Every afternoon after school and a little rest time, we play outside. So today we did a little kinesthetic learning activity. If you think we do this sort of thing every day, think again! Normally when we are outside my kids are riding bikes, kicking balls, or wailing on each other with sticks (the latter is not condoned). But, every once and while we need to mix things up a bit. 

I wrote the alphabet in upper case letters on the driveway with chalk, then I drew a line across the driveway and above the line I wrote the alphabet again but this time using lower case letter. The simplest form of this game practices letter recognition. I called out a letter and Jack jumped on it. Then I said, 1...2...3.. go...and he had to run to find the letter's upper case counter part. 

After many rounds of this game and noticing him getting a little bored with it, we changed it to a phonics game. I gave him cues such as, "Find the letter that begins the word, dog." or "What is the ending sound in the word, hat?" 

I love a learning activity that gives kids  a little exercise and works on gross motor skills! 

And with little rain lately, this game board stuck around for a while. Come back for more driveway alphabet activities soon :)