Welcome to the inaugural post of Book Club Play Dates, a new series I’m co-hosting with some awesome bloggers. Each month, we’ll share a variety of fun activities centered around a children’s book. This month, I’m sharing a preschool alphabet discovery bottle to go along with the book LMNO Peas. It’s a simple, but fun, way to get the kids learning about letters.
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preschool alphabet game for LMNO Peas book club
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LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Dried split peas or lentils (I used a partially-opened, expired bag of lentils)
Alphabet stickers (magnetic letters or alphabet beads would work great, too)
Empty mason jar (any jar or bottle would work)
1. Fill an empty jar or bottle three-quarters full with dried peas or lentils.
2. Add letter stickers as you see fit. To start off, I just used L, M, N, O, and P.
How to play
This discovery jar is a great way to work on letter knowledge in a fun way. It can be turned into a game for one kiddo, a pair of children, or a small group.
After reading the book together, bring out the “alphabet peas” jar and introduce the game. Tell the kiddos they’re going to be “letter detectives” and find letters amid the peas!
Encourage the kiddos to take turns shaking and moving the jar until a letter appears. See who can name the letters, make the correct letter sounds, or name a word that starts with that letter. This isn’t meant to be a drill-and-kill activity – rather, a playful way to go over alphabet knowledge!
To add another dimension to the alphabet game, let the kiddos record the letters they find. The can write the letters down or even check them off a pre-made checklist.
Do you have another way to use this preschool alphabet bottle? If so, I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
The rest of the Book Club crew
Be sure to check out what my co-hosts are sharing as part of our LMNO Peas book club –
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