Put the ‘hand’ in hands-on learning! This engaging and fun activity supports little ones’ letter recognition, spelling and writing of their names (and other sight words).
- Letter recognition
- Fine motor practice
AGE: 4 – 5 Years Old
TIME: 20 Mins
CATEGORY: Literacy, Motor Skills
- Colored paper
Cut several pairs of mittens out of the colored pieces of paper. Add a white cuff at the bottom of each mitten.
Spread out an old newspaper or place mat to protect the work surface.
Ask your child to pick their favorite color of paint. Using that color, either let them paint one of their hands, or help them as they hold their hand steady for you to paint it.
Gently press your child’s now painted hand onto the corresponding colored mitten. Repeat with their other hand.
After your little one washes their hands and their hand prints are dry, ask that they write their names and year the decoration was made on the white portion of the cuffs.
Break down their name into it’s component letters. Ask your child if they can think of other words that start with each letter in their name.
- During the paint portion of the activity, ask your child to describe what the paint feels like on their hands. Encourage them to use new and descriptive language!
- Repeat this activity, but ask your child to write simple sight words, such as “mom” or “dad.” Work with them as they sound out each letter.
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