By: Amy Bumgarner, OTR/L
Children love action and moving around, so the opposite — sitting still and manipulating a pencil — can be a chore for some kids. Letter formation through traditional writing, however, isn’t the only way to learn the alphabet. With Fundanoodle’s I Can Build Letter Kits, children use their hands to “build” letters – which can be satisfying for beginners and accomplished writers alike.
3) “Trace” the letter they’ve assembled with their fingers. Encourage your child to talk about the strokes of each letter (Zip – Straight lines; Zoom – Diagonal lines; Buzz – Curved lines and Hop to the Top – When jumping to the top for the next stroke of the letter.
Once children learn the basics of “building” the alphabet, the sky’s the limit. They can make letters from pipecleaners, painting with their fingers, or even lining up M&Ms! Just remember to keep it fun! And the I Can Build kits are ideal to help younger children learn letter recognition.