Alphabet Fishing: Introducing letters to toddlers
The objective for this activity is to increase the opportunities for identification of letters. The secondary benefit will be increased opportunities for parallel/associative play. The DRDP Categories this will focus on are: Identification of letters, letter and word knowledge.
Material/Equipment: For this activity, I will be using magnets, letter print outs with binder clips attached and a tray to hold everything. Use pail to collect letters.
Preparation: I will attach the binder clips to the alphabet print outs.
Procedure: Guide child over to activity. Prompt child with mallet (i.e.: Sam’s turn. Look at this! “S” is for Sam.). If possible, use the letter of the child’s first name to engage them in activity. Plus, this will increase the child’s awareness of the first letter of their name. Assist child with hand over hand to hold magnet. Start by turn taking if the child is unsure of what to do.
Middle: Continue hand-and-over-hand scaffolding with magnet if necessary. If child is verbal, use prompt questions like: What next? Over here? If child is not yet verbal then we can use sign language for prompts like “help” etc.
End: After the child has taken at least three turns, we can ask if they want to “fish more” or are they “all done”. When finished, if the child is still engaged, we can count the number of letters they caught. A prompt question to transition to next activity could be used like “what’s next?”
Post activity thoughts: The Alphabet Fishing activity is a great idea to bring letter awareness into an activity. This activity was definitely interesting but only a handful of the children participated for longer than a minute. I am thinking of incorporating actual fish props next time. Next time, I will add this to the water table.
If you have done this activity with any variations that seemed to help, please share 🙂