During the Ready To Read Workshops I have been incorporating a portion of time dedicated to games that parents can play with their baby and child. I have received very positive feedback to this!
Some of the games that I incorporate are:
Vowel Twister or Letter Twister. (preschooler) (I use the mat and spinner that I purchased at Meijer and markered letters on the spots and spinner. We've had this game out for children to use at the library...and this is VERY POPULAR!)
Don't Break The Ice Letter Edition: (toddler, preschooler)For about $5 I purchased this preschool game and with a Sharpie permanent marker, I wrote a letter of the alphabet on each piece of ice. The child names the letter he wants the parent to hit and his own. It's just another way to incorporate letters into daily fun.
Letter Ball: (baby, toddler, preschooler) Although I found out this idea isn't new, I was excited about it... I bought a huge children's ball and with a permanent sharpie marker, I wrote all of the letters of the alphabet on it. In storytime, if we have a letter day, the kids all get to catch the rolling ball and find the letter of the day on it. It is also fun to just play with toddlers and see what letter their hands land on when they touch or catch the ball.
Chalk/Paint: (toddler, preschooler) With a slab of cement, a large piece of chalk, and a cup of water... you have chalk paint... and a great literacy tool! I give out paint brushes and a piece of chalk and tell the parents how to start the fun: pour some water on the cement. rub the chalk in the water to make a paste. Then sit in your swim suit or shorts and let your toddler/preschooler paint all over you. Maybe they could learn to write a certain letter all over you or maybe MOM. We get all wet and start all over again!! It's so fun! Then it's mom and dad's turn to paint on the child!!
Hide and Seek Letters: I give out post it notes at the workshops to everyone. It's funny to see the looks on their faces when they get these because it's not an ordinary kids game...but.... Take about 12 post it notes and write the same letter on each post it. While your toddler/preschooler is out of the room, stick each post it note in various places around the room. Then she can go and find all of the letter B's around the house. Then it's her turn to hide them. Say "I found the B!"
I've found other games that I tell the parents about. This is a very fun and enjoyable part of each program!
Martie Yunker, Children's Librarian, Evergreen Community Library, Metamora, Ohio, http://evergreencommunitylibrary.org/