Alphabet Mat

I made this Alphabet Mat for my kids a while ago.  We used to have one of those foam alphabet puzzle mats but I gave it away (to my sister, actually!) because I got sick of constantly picking up the pieces.  To me, this was the perfect solution to having the benefits of an alphabet mat without having to worry about picking up any small pieces.  It was incredibly easy to make and cost absolutely nothing (since we already happened to have an extra shower liner lying around our house).  I discovered this idea on various educational websites.  The best part about this activity is that it is so versatile.

Materials Needed:

One clear (or solid colored) shower liner

A large Sharpie marker

*There really isn’t a right or wrong way to create this activity.  I chose to write my letters in alphabetical order, however, you don’t have to.  You can make a mat with only lowercase letters, or only capital letters.  You don’t even have to use all of the letters of the alphabet if you don’t want to.  You can make a mat with numbers, shapes, sight words, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

Possible ways to use your Alphabet Mat:

1. Beanbag Toss: Have your child throw a beanbag on a letter.  The child can name the letter, make the sound of the letter, or think of a word that begins (or ends) with that letter.  You can tailor the game to the educational level of your child.

2. Simon Says:  Have your child touch certain body parts on a certain letter (Simon Says put your nose on the letter “S”, etc.)

3. Alphabet Song: Have your child run along the letters in alphabetical order as he/she sings the alphabet song.

4. Spell Words:  Have your child spell certain words (like their name) with his/her feet.  They simply jump from one letter to the next until they have spelled a word.

Do you have any other ideas of how your kids could use the Alphabet Mat?  If so, let me know! 🙂

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