This is a simple and fun activity for young learners to engage in outside of the classroom to reinforce identifying letters and numbers. During a drive in the car or walking at the mall, have your child look for and identify the letters of the alphabet starting with A. Once he/she has located and properly identified the letter, go to B. Repeat this process until you have gone through the entire alphabet.
When finished, do the same with numbers numbers zero through nine. If you are in the car, a great place to find numbers is on license plates and billboards.
This activity can take place at home as well using alphabet and number magnets that can be purchased at Walmart, Target, Toy R Us, or Amazon.com. Mix them up on the refrigerator or a large magnetic board and ask your child to identify the letters and numbers.
Parents: You can take this a step further, and create your own magnets to use. Here is how it can be accomplished:
1. You will need white card stock paper, scissors, felt tip pen and magnets with adhesive backing.
2. Cut 36 3.5 in by 2 in squares (26 for letters, 10 for the digits 0-9) .
3. After cutting the squares, write A on one square, B on another square and so on until you get through Z. Do the same for the digits 0-9. Feel free to add color or decorate the square, but make sure each letter is clearly visible.
4. If you have access to a laminating machine, laminate each square, and add the magnets with adhesive backing to the blank side of each square. If not, the card stock paper itself will suffice.