Spielgaben: Activity 3

As part of our Spielgaben series, this week we have been exploring the alphabet.

In this activity children will learn lowercase letter recognition. This activity in particular is designed to improve early reading skills. As always, although this is a Spielgaben activity, I will do my best to provide alternative ways to get involved at the end of this blog, even if you don’t own a Spielgaben.

I would recommend this activity for children aged 3+ but obviously it doesn’t matter what age your child is as your knowledge on their ability will be more relevant.

All you will need is the Alphabet Grids which are free to download and five medium circles from the number 9 Spielgaben drawer in whatever colour you prefer. It may also be beneficial to have some lowercase sandpaper letters for this exercise, although it’s not a deal breaker – some lowercase flashcards would also be fine if you have them.

If you would like the grid in a specific font then please feel free to drop me a message and I will do my best to assist you.

The objective is simple; encourage the child to identify the most common letter on the grid by placing the circles on the correct squares. There should be five of the same letter on each grid among a selection of other random letters. Take it slow – keep doing the same grid over the space of a couple of days before moving on to another. Most children learn best by repetition.

I also find sounding the letter out the same way as I taught animal noises effective. For example ‘This is the letter E. E says (or makes the sound) eh’.

If you don’t own a Spielgaben then instead, why not get your child to colour in the letters? Or you can use some hair ties or rubber bands to place on the correct squares.

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Spielgaben: Activity 2

As part of our Spielgaben series this week, we have been exploring colours.

In this activity children will learn colour recognition as well as fine motor skills. This activity in particular is designed to improve the muscles in the hands used for writing.

I would recommend this activity for children aged 3+ but obviously it doesn’t matter what age your child is as your knowledge on their ability will be more relevant.

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All you will need is six small pieces of card in various colours, a pair of children’s chopsticks (which you can buy here) and various wooden points from the number 10 Spielgaben drawer in the colours matching your coloured card.

The objective is simple; encourage the child to place the coloured points on the matching pieces of card using the chopsticks.

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For older children, you could count all the points on each card and make a bar chart on a separate piece of paper.

Both Ava and Emily thoroughly enjoyed this activity and were engaged in the learning experience. If you don’t have a spielgaben then try the same thing with miniature pompoms, beads or buttons from your local craft store. We would love to see your children having fun with the activities we share so please feel free to share your photos over on our Facebook page.

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Spielgaben: Activity 1

We would love to start sharing some activities with you all using our beautiful Spielgaben. This learning resource is a true work of art! It opens up so many opportunities of learning and I think that’s why it’s a favourite in our home, we use it with the majority of our projects to encourage fun learning and creativity. If you would like more information on the Spielgaben then just click here.
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As part of our Spielgaben series this week, we have been looking at colours.

Today’s Spielgaben activity is a memory game. You will need the knitted balls from drawer number 1 of the spielgaben. This activity encourages colour recognition, logic and memory.

I would recommend this activity for children ages 3+ but obviously what matters most is the ability of your child, you will know if your little one is able to play this game.

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We started by pointing at the balls in the tray, naming each colour. I asked Emily to close her eyes and while doing so I removed a coloured ball from the tray and hid it securely in my hands (you could hide it with an opaque cup if you wanted). When she opened her eyes I asked the questions ‘Which colour is missing? Which colour is in my hands?’ She then looked at the tray and worked out which one was missing.

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This is such a simple game but a very affective way of teaching children about colours and improving their memory.

If you don’t have a Spielgaben then how about doing this activity with bean bags, coloured socks or pom poms. You could even make your own pom poms using different coloured yarns.

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