- Copies of the alphabet (upper- and lowercase letters)
- chart paper
Objective: Children will develop creative-thinking, observation, and literacy skills as they find shapes that resemble letters of the alphabet.
- Invite children to go on a letter hunt to find shapes in the classroom that resemble letters of the alphabet. Explain that you will divide them into two groups and they will work together to find letters.
- Provide each child with a copy of the alphabet. Have an adult accompany each group on their letter hunt to record all of the "hidden" letters that they find.
- Invite children to observe different objects in the classroom. How many letters of the alphabet can they find in the windowpanes, wooden chairs, or tiles on the floor? How many letter O's, Us, or E's can they find? Encourage them to turn small objects in different directions to see if letters "emerge."
- Ask the group to lie on the floor and look up at the ceiling. Can they find any letters above?
- Afterward, invite the children to the meeting area to share their findings. Record their observations on chart paper. Ask them to show examples of things they found.
- Now encourage the group to go on a letter hunt on the playground. How many letters of the alphabet can they find outdoors?
Curriculum Connection: GROSS-MOTOR
Body Alphabet. Write each uppercase letter on a separate sheet of paper. Mix up the letters. Divide children into two groups. Each group will choose a letter and try to form the letter with their bodies, either standing or lying down on the floor. Offer assistance if needed.
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