I have honestly noticed a huge difference in Madeline’s understanding and recognition of her name these past two weeks! This has been such a fun theme for all of us here at Crafternoon Playdate (did you see the bonus ideas Jess did on our Instagram?) and we hope you have enjoyed the activities as much as us. For our last project, we made an activity that reuses a material from a previous project. Read more to find out how to put together this activity-it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to set up!
Craft/Activity/Snack: Letter Clothesline
Objective: Create a “clothesline” of your Childs name and use clothespins with the letters written on them to match up to the corresponding letter card.
Skills Utilized: letter recognition, fine motor skills, identifying upper and lower case letters,
Suggested Reading: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Materials: clothespins with the letters of your childs name written on them (we reused the clothespins from our very busy spider activity!), card stock, alphabet stickers (or simply write the letters yourself on the card stock) string/twine, scissors
First, I folded the card stock in half and then applied the stickers to the card stock. Lastly, I cut them into little cards, like this:
Next, we hung up the twine like a clothesline and hung the letter cards on them. I then instructed Madeline to match the clothespin to the cards. I had to show her a few times how to attach them from the top. She took her time, and while she didn’t go in order, she did well matching up the letters.
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Use your clothesline and pins for some imaginative play – “wash” and hang doll clothes.
- Have your child practice writing the letters on the inside of the “letter card” you created for the clothesline.