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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

5 Ways to Take The Alphabet Outdoors

I think I've mentioned before (probably like a bazillion times) that the weather gets pretty soggy downright dreadful at this time of year.  The local saying around here is "there's no bad weather, only bad clothing".  I don't think I'll ever be local enough to agree.  Which mean for us, that when it decides to not rain, we've got to fly out the door.  Regardless of whether it is preschool prep time or not.  With that in mind, I've developed a few ways that we can get our learning in, while enjoying the great outdoors.

1.  Alphabet Stick Printing:  I write the letters of the alphabet in mud, dirt, sand (whatever is handy) and the little guy traces over them.  We work in some name writing as well so he can practice his personal digits.

Photo via Niles Giberson

2.  Neighborhood Alphabet Spotting:  Take a walk around your neighborhood, an outdoor mall area, or your closest city.  Some place that will have signs, license plates etc. for letter spotting.  Have your child use this printable to make off each letter when they spot it.  If you are too far out in the country for sign spotting, take your child to a local park or forest and hunt for items that start with each letter.  A is for acorn, B is for bumble bee, C is for cat etc.  You can take a photo of each and make a photo book once you're home.

3.  Alphabet Bike Race:  Lay a set of foam letters for each child around your yard or drive way.  Have your children race to pick up, in order, the each of the 26 alphabet letters.

After picking up each letter, they must ride their bike back to a bucket to deposit the letter before getting the next.

4.  Alphabet Chalk Tracing:  Take a set of alphabet stencils outside and have your child trace the stencils with sidewalk chalk.

You can vary this activity by writing them onto a large chalkboard and then erasing each letter with a wet paintbrush.

5.  Alphabet Ball:  Pass a ball back and forth between two or more people.  Each time some one catches the ball they say the next letter in the alphabet.  The person who catches the ball on "Z" gets to sing the whole alphabet song.

We'll continue to add to this list as long as the weather allows for outdoor play.  I have a feeling we can come up with some fun things once the snow starts to fall.  We may have to do a winter addition.

I'd love to hear if you've come up with some fun ways to bring alphabet learning outdoors!

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  1. Hi Stacey! I am a new follower from the Tell Me Tuesday link up. How nice to have a blog all about the boys! I have a crazy little man and I love finding crafts and fun "boy" things for him to do! Thanks for linking!

  2. Very cute ideas. It's so important to make it interesting I am noticing with my four year old. Thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday. I hope we see you this week.


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