Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pick Me Up Tuesday

Snake and Sassy begins with S

When Learning Becomes Play

Ava has known her shapes and colors for a while so I decided it was time to work on the alphabet. She calls lowercase g and any case s a snake so that got me thinking. I busted out some sidewalk chalk and went to town drawing out an alphabet snake.  What started as a learning activity became the most fun we've had in a while.  

Ways to mix it up:
  • Have the child trace the letters
  • Draw upper and lowercase letters
  • Sound them out  
  • Throw a rock on a letter like Hopscotch then have them hop to the letter and  yell it out
  • Have the child come up with words that start with the cooresponding letter
  • Make it a shape or number day instead of alphabet 
We had so much fun! 


  1. How fun, I will try it w D. She loves chalk and letters!

  2. These are such great ideas! I'll have to try some out with my toddler!

  3. You're a good mommy!! When my kids were little I went to the hardware store and bought a bunch of toilet plungers...like 15 of them. Neighbors thought I was crazy! I replicated some street signs that we saw on the road...you know, Stop, Caution, The curvy one.... and I attached the signs to the wooden stick. Plungers are great because they very rarely fall over. I used chalk to draw the lines on the road. The neighbor kids all came over with their cozy coupes and big wheels. I had the cool house! Later, Andrew and his neighbor friend would also use them to walk with. They were about Ava's age. They put their feet on the plunger part and pulled up on the sticks to walk with....we kind of had a toy like that a long, long time ago...anyway...when they would go into the garage the plunger would get stuck on the floor and they would yell at me to get their walky things unstuck! Gosh I miss those days :-)