Preschool Apple Spelling Game
Can you believe it's almost Fall already? When I think of Fall, I dream of apple orchards and pumpkin vines and leaves changing colors. It's probably because I live in South Florida, where I do not actually get a chance to experience these things -- but it doesn't stop me from teaching my children about the changing of the seasons!
One of my favorite Fall themes is apples. There are so many things these learning activities can teach.
Preschool Apple Spelling Games Target Many Skills
- Spelling - Children will spell sight words.
- Matching - Children will match lowercase letters on index card to uppercase letters on apples.
- Writing - Children will practice writing uppercase letters.
- Sight Word Identification - Children will read the sight words on cards.
- Fine Motor Skills - Children will use a functional grasp to manipulate tongs/tweezers.
- Visual-Perceptual Skills - Children will scan many items to find the correct match.
Materials for Preschool Apple Games:
- Red construction paper
- Black marker
- Filler material, such as shredded paper or hay
- Large basket
- Plain index cards
- Large tweezers or tongs
Directions for Preschool Apple Games:
Creating Your Apple Letters for Preschool Learning Games
Begin by cutting out 26 apples from the red construction paper. Have your child write one uppercase letter of the alphabet on each apple, A through Z.
Place the letters and the filler material (shredded paper or hay) into the large basket and toss together so that the apples are partially hidden.
Sight Word Practice With Your Apple Letters
Write sight words using lowercase letters on the plain index cards. These can be seasonal words, spelling words, words the child has already mastered reading independently, etc.
Have the child select a sight word from the index cards. Using the large tweezers or tongs, the child will "dig" through the basket to find the letters to spell the given sight word.
Learning to match letters and create sight words is an important foundation to reading skills for preschoolers.
Variations for different ages, abilities, and subject areas:
- For children who are just learning letters, the index card can have just a single letter on there to match.
- For older children, write words on the apples. Have the children build sentences by combining different apples.
- Write definitions on the index cards and have children find the corresponding words on the apples.
- Create a math matching game with numbers on some of the apples and the corresponding number of seeds on the other apples. The child will pick a number and find the matching apple with seeds.
- Write simple math sentences (addition, subtraction) on index cards. Children will find the correct answers from the numbers written on the apples.
What fun learning activities do you have planned for Fall?