The weather here at the Good Old Days Farm has been a bit too chilly to do much out side… So we’ve brought the outside in, with our new game. (Kinda sorta.) A while back we got creative with some egg cartons, paint and stickers. The ladybugs are just two buttons glued together. Inside each compartment is a different letter. (Except we had to put “c” and “k” together and skip “y”… since it makes 3 different sounds… in order to put a 26 letter alphabet in 24 spaces). We put the ladybug in the egg carton, close it, shake and open again… Then the little farmhands have to say what sounds is made by whatever letter the ladybug is sitting on.
This game is so much fun if you happen to be a little Farmhand who is learning how to read! It is one of the suggestions in “Happy Phonics” … a learn-to-read program that uses cardstock games to teach little ones how to read. My little farmgirl loves workbooks and will actually complain to Papa the Farmer if I don’t let her have enough workbook time… But, I like the games best! And even little workbook-girl has to admit that these games are fun! Diane, at Love To Learn has done a wonderful job of putting together a step-by-step reading program based on non-competitive games. After all, what
parent child doesn’t like to play games?
And by the way, if you put numbers instead of letters in each compartment, Voila! Instant adding, subtracting or multiplying game!