We love exploring books through play! One of the easiest, no-frills way to extend the learning of children’s literature is with building toys. Today I am sharing some of the engaging ways of Exploring Literacy with Building Toys.
There are so many ways of exploring literacy with building toys. For this post we used Bunchems which are perfect for little hands. Bunchems are colorful balls that easily stick to together (similar to how velcro works) and come apart making them the perfect building toy for creating letters of the alphabet. I put out the full selection of Bunchems and had my children create their names. Such a fun alternative to writing with pencil and paper! Luca loved this! To support the experience you can have an alphabet chart close by or write the children’s names on blank index cards.
Another great way of exploring literacy with building toys is to give children a basket of toys like Bunchems and have them make the characters in the book while you read. This is especially helpful for children who need to fidget a little bit while listening to a story. There is no rule that says children need to sit perfectly still with legs crossed in order to learn! We read the classic book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and made our own caterpillars who munched their way through our toys.
Following the more directed play my children were interested in making their own crazy creations. The bigger the better seemed to be the theme. Bunchems has these cool accessories like eyes, mustaches and hats which my daughters loved using to make their own creatures. While creating they added voices and stories. Perfect literacy extension!
Hooray for learning and FUN!
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