Alphabet Ball Game

I confess: I have a bad habit. I fall in love with early literacy activities on Pinterest, pin them to my boards, add them to my very long to-do list, and then never find the time to actually try them. So I decided I was overdue to start experimenting. Project number one: Sight Word Beach Ball from Quirky Momma's Kids Activity Blog.

  1. Ages: 3 - 5

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy


Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    To start, I gathered my supplies: a $1.00 beach ball from Target and a Sharpie. This project was already looking like a good first pick! I only needed TWO supplies. Then I invited my 2.5-year-old, C, to join me. Since he isn't ready to read sight words yet, I changed the activity a little bit by asking him to brainstorm letters (instead of words) as I wrote them on the ball.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Then came C's favorite part! He tossed the ball into the air as high as his little arms would let him.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Final result!

    When the ball landed, he picked it up with both hands and named the letters that his thumbs were touching. If he didn't know the letters, I simply named them and asked him to repeat them after me. His smile says it all, doesn't it?! I'm excited to finally be able to say that I pinned it, did it, and LOVED it. Now it's your turn!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

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