Sweet Pea was 4 years old.
- Do-A-Dot Markers.
- A-Z Letter Maze Worksheets. (All of the letter worksheets are included in one file. Right click on link and select “Save Link As…” or “Save Target As…” to save the worksheet to your computer. This is a .pdf file and requires Foxit or Adobe Acrobat to view.) You can also get more worksheets from Tons of Fun and A Mommy’s Adventures.
- Using the first worksheet, explain to your tot that it is a letter maze.
- Use the Do-A-Dot marker to make a dot on the first letter (in the circle) and then ask your tot to find another “A” directly adjacent to the first one.
- When your tot points out the next “A”, make a dot over it.
- Again, ask your tot to point to the next “A” and when he does, hand him the Do-A-Dot marker to put a dot over it.
- Explain that your tot is supposed to keep finding the next “A” until he gets to the last circle.
- Let your tot try on his own, helping if needed.
Observations: When I first saw this activity, I only printed out a couple of the letter mazes for Sweet Pea, but was surprised by how much Sweet Pea took to them. In fact, she insisted that I print out the rest of the letter mazes right away.
Sweat Pea recognizes all her upper case letter and is only a bit shaky on a few of the trickier lower case letters (i l and j) so I thought these worksheets would be too easy for her, but she loved them.
I would highly recommend this activity for any other tots who have just learned or are still working on their letters.
Notes from the Trenches: Unfortunately, there is no way to erase these Do-A-Dot markers. Sweet Pea accidentally stamped the wrong letter on one of the worksheets and I thought there were going to be tears. I only avoided a meltdown by printing a new worksheet.
Rating: 3 Stars * (Fun, Easy, Independent)