Welcome back to Azy Reading Journey website, where our goal is to make learning fun. I hope that you are still doing what you can to stay safe during this time. Well, we are now using hands on activities for toddlers and preschoolers to test Azy’s knowledge, and so far he has been exceeding our expectations.
In the last post I said we were using some hands-on activities to teach letters and numbers. Azy is still having fun doing activities with his poster board and foam blocks. In using these activities, we are helping Azy to continue learning the same lessons in different ways. You can read more about that here.
Before we actually started to teach Azy, his mother had purchased foam letters and numbers for him to use in the bath tub. She had also purchased some flashcards. However, by the time we were ready to teach him many of those foam letters, numbers and flashcards had been misplaced.
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Left Over Foam Letters | Numbers | Flashcards And More
After we started teaching Azy, we started seeing some left-over letters, numbers and flash cards and other objects. It occurred to us that instead of throwing them away we could put them aside. At that time, we were not thinking that we could use them in learning activities later on.
Whenever, we found any left-over materials, we put them in a pouch. As we continued to gathered the left-overs, we realized that we had found most of the letters.
We found more flashcards and foam letters than numbers. After seeing that so much materials were in the pouch, we thought that it would be a good idea to use them in an activity.
So, we decided to keep everything in the pouch and let Azy take something from it. The goal was to have him put his hand in the pouch and take out a letter, number flashcard or whatever else was in the pouch without looking in it.
However, Azy wanted to choose what he took out.
He looked in the pouch and started off by taking out the foam letters, numbers, paper letters and numbers then the flashcards. Azy had a lot of fun doing this activity, and we did it several times. This activity showed us how much he is retaining from learning letters and numbers. These flashcards are different from the regular flashcards, but Azy did well in identifying the picture on each card.
Based on how Azy responded to pouch activity we will be doing it as often as we can.
In the video below, you will see Azy identifying the letters and numbers as he takes them from the pouch.
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Fun Activities With Poster Board |Foam Blocks And Toy Cars
Azy is now using more cars when he is doing these activities. Sometimes he uses a different car to drive to a letter. When he identifies the letter, he parks the car on that letter, and drives another car to locate the next letter that shows up when he rolls the blocks.
Since Azy is having fun doing the activities with the letters, foam blocks and toy cars, we are still doing them. However, we are still planning to use the poster board to do a lot more activities. Soon, he will be driving to letters as well as numbers. There is also plans to add some stickers to the poster board.
The hands-on activities that we are doing are showing us how well Azy is doing with letter and number recognition and identification. I am very happy to say that he is doing an excellent job and is now able to identify them. Occasionally, he still mixed up the letter “M” and “W.” In one lesson, he identified upper-case “L” as the number “7.”
In addition to doing the hands-on activities, Azy is still watching the Leapfrog DVDs. Recently, he pulled out the other set of foam letters and numbers and have been putting the mat together. We are also using those letters and numbers to test his knowledge.
Azy Is Learning To Use The Computer
Sometimes ago, I mentioned in a post that I checked out the website abcya.com. I have not visited the website for a while, but decided to check it again to see if they have anything new. I am glad I did, because I saw some fun learning games that I did not see before. Azy played the “alphabet matching game,” and really enjoyed it.
At first, when we began to teach Azy, we were using the computer to do the lessons for the Little Champion Reader. However, since we stopped using the program, we were not using the computer as often as we once did. So, Azy is still learning to use the mouse on the computer. He started off slowly with playing the game, but got better as he continued to play.
When using a touch screen device, Azy gets the opportunity to move about. Therefore, sitting at the computer and using the mouse will keep him settle down and stay focus for a while. In addition, we think that it is good for him to learn to use the computer and the mouse. Click here to check out the fun game that held Azy’s attention, and kept him playing.
That is all I have for now. As always, thank you for taking the time to read about Azy’s reading journey.
I would love to hear from you. What do you think about the hands-on activities that we are doing? What hands on activities are you doing with your child at this time?
Please leave a comment and let me know.
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Hello, my name is Jackie. My family members and I are teaching my grandson Azy to read and I am writing about the challenges and the joy that comes from doing so. My goal is to write articles that will encourage and help parents and others who want to do the same for their kids or other children. Thanks for travelling along with us. Blessings, Jackie
4 thoughts on “Hands On Activities For Toddlers And Preschoolers – Test Time”
Very educational post for parents who want to raise their kids in an inteligent enviorment. I really like the tips in this article. Do you recommend anything in particular for 4 years old girls
Thank you Delqna, it is my goal to help parent see how they can spend some time to help teach their kids at home.
Azy is 4 years old as well, so you can try the activities that we are doing with him, to see which ones you daughter like. Then, you can focus on those. You can also get some idea from this Pinterest Board. Have fun
Great post, using left over foam letters and flash cards in a pouch sounds like a wonderful idea to teach a child. Its refreshing to see ideas that anyone can do.
Thank you Alex