My six year old has been having a hard time telling the difference between a few letters, both between uppercase and lowercase and backwards and forwards. I created this little game out of a pile of dried lima beans to help him learn to differentiate between letters that are easy to mix up.
All I did to make these was to write the letters in permanent marker on the beans. We had this cloth bag available which seemed like a natural fit.
You can play with these many ways:
- Have your child draw out a letter one at a time and create sorting groups.
- Dump all the beans on a counter and sort them that way.
- Draw out a letter and hold it up for your child to identify.
- Enjoy playing with the letters- “Look at that! ‘d' can flip around and become ‘p'….”
I'm looking for more fun ways to help my kids learn to read; I recently ordered Games for Reading: Playful Ways to Help Your Child Read to get ideas for reading practice in general.
Do you have suggestions for learning the difference between similar looking letters?