Magnetic letters are fun for making words on the fridge, of course, and a great hands-on way for little ones to explore letters. Here are some more fun ways to use magnetic letters and work on those pre-literacy skills:
Hide & Seek
- Hide a few capital letters around the room. Give your child the lowercase letters and have him/her search for the matching letter.
- Hide some letters and give your child the letter sound as a clue: “Find the letter that says ‘ssss.'”
- Hide the letters in your child’s name. Find the letters and put them in order.
Feel & Guess
- Place a letter in a bag. Let your child feel the letter, without looking, and try to guess the letter.
- Place 2 or 3 letters in the bag. Give your child a clue like, “Find the letter that is at the beginning of dog.” Your child can then reach into the bag and feel for the correct letter.
- Lay out 5 or so letters. Name each letter with your child. Then have your child close his/her eyes while you remove one of the letters. See if your child can guess which one is missing! If you need to give a clue, give the letter sound of the missing word.
- Choose some letters to work with. Challenge your child to find things in the house that begin with the letters. For example, put the T on the toaster, the P on the piano, and the F on the floor.
- Gather some items from around the house that correspond to the letters you are working with. Give your child a pile of letters and items to sort by beginning sound.
Tip: When you are saying the sounds of the letters, be careful not to add an “uh” sound to the end. For example, r says “rrrr,” not “ruh.” This will make a huge difference when your child begins sounding out words for reading and writing.
These are the lowercase magnetic letters we have – they are extra-large and my girls love them!