Your child will love the opportunity to combine movement and learning in today’s letter recognition preschool activity. We are going to be running around collecting “garbage” and sorting it into the right “trash cans” based on the letters. If your kids are anything like mine than the weekly visit from the garbage man is a BIG event so the opportunity to engage in an activity that honors him definitely goes in the win column.

This preschool activity will work on letter recognition.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Can identify most capital letters and sounds 

Gross Motor Skills

  • Use locomotor skills with balance in a variety of directions
  • Use locomotor skills with coordination in a variety of directions

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Can identify all lowercase letters and some sounds 

Gross Motor Skills

  • Use locomotor skills with balance in a variety of directions and changing directions during active play
  • Use locomotor skills with coordination in a variety of directions and changing directions during active play

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Letter Recognition Garbage Letter Run Template

*Markers

*Cups

*Post-Its

*Scissors

*Tape

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    Step #1
    Print and cut out the Garbage Run Template
    We chose to tape the templates to paper cups to make collecting the “garbage” easier, but that is optional.
     
    Step #2
    Write this some focus letters on the Post- Its. Put one letter on each Post-it and repeat the letters multiple times.
    Step #3
    Crumple each Post-It into a ball turning it into garbage.
     
    Step #4
    Lay out the garbage cans and the garbage letters on the floor.
     
    Step #5

    Invite your preschool’ to play a game with you. They go pick up one piece of “garbage” at a time, open it up and put it into the correct garbage bin. Continue doing this until they have collected and sorted all of the garbage.

    Teacher Tip

    An added bonus is the fact that the act of opening the paper to reveal the letter is really working your preschooler’s fine motor skills.

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