Letter recognition for preschoolers and kindergarteners can be a challenge. Early on, I wanted to have the kids use more of their five senses to help them with retaining letters. After noticing that saying the letter and tracing it with a pencil was just not cutting it, I went in search of a new technique. Now, I’m not saying that having a child trace a letter with their finger or pencil and saying its sound is bad, as a matter of fact, I still have my students do this from time to time. As a matter of fact, it’s great for fine motor skill practice.
What I am saying is that there are a lot of other ways to get children to make a connection between the letter and the sound(and even numbers if you so choose). Using a variety of fine motor and gross motor skills can be very beneficial. For this post, however, I am going to stick to my “salt option” and add more over the next few weeks. To simplify, the steps are below:
You will need a marker, card stock or thicker paper, Elmer’s glue, and iodized salt.
- 1.) Divide/Cut the card stock(if you’re working with an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of card stock, divide into four equal parts)
- 2.)Write one letter on each piece of card stock
- 3.)Trace the letter with glue
- 4.)Over a paper plate, cover the glue with salt, lightly shake off the excess salt onto the paper plate and let it dry.(repeat for each letter of the alphabet(A set of uppercase and lowercase letters are best)
- 5.)After they are completely dry, shake off excess salt and they are ready for the students to use! Have the students use one finger to trace the letter as they say the name of the letter and its sound. Some salt will rub off with each finger trace, and that is okay. The texture can be helpful in making the connection between the letter, the sound of it, and how it feels on the tip of their finger. Great for those tactile leaners!
It’s cheap and easy and can be used with numbers, shapes, and names! A great “centers” project!
That is just the gist of alphabet recognition with salt!