One of the biggest skills for preschoolers is letter knowledge and formation. Most kids can write their name by preschool, but what about the other letters? Can they recognize all of their letters? These skills are all important for early literacy and reading preparedness.
To make your own project like this, we used:
- 3" sticky note letters (die cuts would also work)
- glitter glue
- pom pons
There are two main benefits for this type of craft. First, glue is hard for little kids to use. They need to really use their hand muscles to make it work. This exercise helps them to strengthen their hands so they will eventually be able to hold a pencil and write. For those kids who can already write their letters, this type of exercise helps them to better be able to control their pencils so their letters will get clearer and smaller. Second, we are working with letter shapes. This is practice for letter recognition. After all, how often do you see letters such as V, W, and Z? They just aren't as popular as letters like X (which marks the spot for pirate treasure) or M (the giant golden arches at McDonalds).