I picked up this awesome wooden puzzle at our local consignment store last week. (Similar.) I totally intended it to be for our two-year-old, who is learning her letters thanks to this video:
She absolutely loves dumping the letters all over the floor (our red A is currently missing), but she'll sit down and put the letters in the right places if either her daddy or I sit with her. (She'll ask, "Where is the B?" in this cute little voice--then grin and slide it into its spot.)
1. Sort the letters into colors. This was a little TOO tricky for Kate at the moment (SO close!), so I asked our five-year-old to come help.
2. While I had Addie's attention, we used the letters to build short three-letter words. Addie's been reading for over a year, but her writing/spelling skills need a little work. This will be a fun game to play five minutes a time during the next few months.
3. I happened to notice that the letters have a repeating color pattern, so as we put them in order, I asked Addie to predict what color the next letter would be. Math skills with an alphabet puzzle!
4. Unlike our other ABC puzzle from the dollar section at Target, this puzzle includes a picture for each letter (airplane, butterfly, carrot, etc.)--perfect for building vocabulary with Kate (and sneaking in a little signing, too!).
5. Puzzles are excellent for building fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination! It also requires problem solving skills when letters don't fit exactly right (the Z is not symmetrical, for example, so there's only one correct way to put it in).
Yes, this puzzle was a great find! I'm sure we'll get hours and hours of learning fun out of it. :)
Does your family have an alphabet puzzle? Can you think of any other extension activities we could use it for?