Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Stamps on the Light Table {Learning with Alphabet Stamps}

Welcome back to #toolsforlearning! Every Tuesday an awesome team of bloggers will be taking on the challenge of activities with common educational manipulatives! We want learning to be hands-on, interactive and fun! This week we're featuring Alphabet Stamps!

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I designed this activity for Bubbles' (5years,) as she starts school next week. I thought it would be a good time to review her ability to identify lower case letters and match them to their uppercase counterparts.

 I'm all about low-prep activities at the moment-show me a 34week pregnant mama who isn't!

To set up our letter match activity, I simply wrote the alphabet several times in lowercase with a sharpie on our light table. (I'm not recommending you do this! Check and see if you can remove the sharpie before attempting this! I did and it was easy to remove from our light table with a little SolUMel® but I make no guarrantees!) I then placed our alphabet stamps in a wooden bowl on the light table.

I timed my prep really well-just as I placed the wooden bowl on the table, Bubbles' emerged from her afternoon nap and immediately began exclaiming over the light table! She didn't need me to explain the activity at all but began immediately looking through the bowl for the letter 'A' and stamping all the lowercase a's.

It soon became apparent, that searching through the bowl for the correct alphabet stamp was frustrating Bubbles and taking away from the activity. So, I went and found the packaging for the stamps and set them up in alphabetical order.

Bubbles chose letters at random to stamp, singing the alphabet at times to find the letters she was seeking and saying the sound of the letter as she stamped it.

There were a lot of letters to stamp so as Bubbles' interest began to wain, I suggested stopping and coming back to the activity later. I've had the alphabet stamps on the light table for a week now and Bubbles keeps returning to the activity.

Don't you just love when you find a simple learning activity your little one loves?!

Now for the fun part…

Would you try this activity or have you tried another? We want to see! You can share pictures to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google+. Tag your pictures with  ‪#‎toolsforlearning‬.

Be sure to check out each blogger, as we will each have a different way we enjoy playing and learning with these fantastic resources-leaving you with a list of the best ways to learn with Alphabet Stamps!

Stamping Compound Words with Kinetic Sand from Life Over C's
Stamping Plural Nouns from Still Playing School
Car Crash Preschool Letter Stamping from Learning 2 Walk
Sight Words with Alphabet Stamps from Mom Inspired Life
Big Letter Little Letter Stamping from Powerful Mothering
Alphabet Clay Letters from Sugar Aunts
Spelling Practice with Alphabet Stamps from Line upon Line Learning
Alphabet Stamp Handwriting Pages from The Kindergarten Connection
Name writing with Stampers from Adventures of Adam
Stamps on the Light Table {Learning with Alphabet Stamps} from Squiggles and Bubbles
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Stamping Craft from School Time Snippets
Stamp It Letter Sound Activity for Kids from Raising Little Superheroes  
Stamps & Play Dough ABC Learning Activity from Play Dough & Popsicles
Make Your Own Stamp Pad for Letter Stamping from Books and Giggles

Don't forget to use #toolsforlearning on Instagram to share your Alphabet Stamp learning activities!!  

For more like this check out this post about awesome ways to learn with LEGO® and LEGO DUPLO®!

Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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