We are so excited to share these engaging and unique activity ideas by Jenn from @pinkpolkadotsandprek. Her kids have been using their StoryBricks® Letter Board to help with literacy and numeracy learning at home.
It’s finally September and that means… Back to School! School will definitely look different this year, with virtual and hybrid education a reality for many of us. During this unusual time, I have been looking for fun and creative ways to keep my boys interested and excited about learning.
Creative QT® has come to the rescue with their StoryBricks Letter Board! This LEGO™ style base plate can be used with regular LEGOs, as well as the letter, number, and character StoryBricks that are included, and bonus, it’s magnetic! My boys are crazy about LEGOs so including the StoryBricks Letter Board into our learning has been a no brainer!
Here are four fun and educational Letter Board activities to use with your children!
1. SORTING LETTERS
This hands-on letter recognition activity is perfect for your Pre-K or Kindergarten child! Simply use the border tiles that are included with your StoryBricks Letter Board to build a large “t shape” grid on your letter board. Decide how you want your child to sort the letters, and use the letter tiles to indicate it at the top of each section. For example, “E” and “NOT E”. Have your child look through the letters and place all of the “E” tiles on one side and all of the other letters on the other side.
Some other ways to sort are: letters/not letters, letters/numbers, letters with straight lines/letters that are curved, consonants/vowels, greater than or less than 5 etc.
2. SORTING BY COLOR, SIZE, OR SHAPE
Another sorting option would be to have your children sort their building bricks by color or size! You can spilt your Letter Board into either 2 sections for beginners or 4 sections, to provide more of a challenge. Give your child a small bowl of building bricks and have them either sort by color (example: green on one side, blue on the other), size (small bricks / long bricks), or shape (square / rectangle).
3. BUILD SIGHT WORDS AND SPELLING WORDS
Have your child practice building words from their sight word or spelling lists using Creative QT’s StoryBricks! Children can begin by looking at a word and using the StoryBricks to spell the word. As they become familiar with the words, you can give them a word to spell and they can build it using the StoryBricks.
4. COUNTING AND NUMBER RECOGNITION
Give your child a small bowl of number tiles and another bowl of building bricks. Have them pull out a tile and identify the number. Then, have them count out that number of building bricks and add them to their StoryBricks Letter Board. For more of a challenge, have them pick out 2 numbers and add them together (or subtract them) before counting out the building bricks.
There are so many fun ways to use the StoryBricks Letter Board from Creative QT! I hope you your children have as much fun with their board as mine do!
Thanks so much @pinkpolkadotsandprek for these fun and varied activity ideas! So many skills being developed and all while learning in a hands on way! Don't forget to tag @creativeqt to share how you are using your StoryBricks!