Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Alphabet Sea Shells

Aiden LOVES sea shells!  He loves to sort them, hide them and just look at all the different kinds of shells.  Since he is loving shells right now ~ I took some shells from the Dollar Store and wrote the letters of the alphabet on them.  Here are some of the fun things we did with them.


I hide them in a container of sand.


Aiden hunted for the shells, and we worked on naming each letter written on the shell.


I put all of the shells letter side up and Aiden and I worked on letter sounds and naming words that started with each letter.  

We also took turns tossing a pearl (marble) into the container and naming the letter it landed on ~ or close to.IMG_2604

I took a couple of the shells and hide the pearl under one of them.


Aiden would pick up a shell, looking for the marble and name the letter written on the shell.


When we work on activities like this I let Aiden decide how long we play.  I am really trying to get him to sit and focus on activities more as he gets older.  Keeping his attention is not always easy!  After about 15-20 minutes Aiden was ready to move on to something else.

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Tam said...

cute ideas!

Ticia said...

Oh man that is cool. I'd love to be able to collect that many shells.

Wonder Mom said...

I DO believe I will piggy back off this wonderful idea and create a phonic shell game...THANK YOU for the inspiration!

Krystal said...

How fun! I love that you use something your child is interested in to create learning activities. This is something I am working on being better at. I think my boys would love these games, or at least something similar, since they are way into sand right now. Thanks for the ideas.

Anonymous said...

Super cute! Love the idea of hiding the pearl underneath!

Kami said...

Another great idea!

Melissa said...

Love this! And how perfect for summertime. I can't fathom sand in my house with my crazy clan : )

Kara said...

What a great idea! I have a beach theme planned for my blog in a few weeks- may I link to you when the time comes?


Thanks! Kara

Christy said...

This is so cute! Do you have a list of your sensory box ideas for preschoolers? I need to start doing one monthly for my 3 year old. He would love it! :)

Shannon said...

Love all of your terrific ideas...what a fun homeschool you have!

Your blog looks great - found you through Jolanthe's new blog design site.

Blessings to you and your little ones!

Kara said...

Just wanted to let you know we made your alphabet shells! They are a huge hit! I linked to you on my blog:

Have a great weekend!

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