We are hoppin’ and poppin’ around today as we learn the letters in our name and our sight words. Our Lil’s are going to get some movement in as they hop from letter to letter.

This activity is a fun way to work on gross motor skills, name recognition, letter recognition, and sight words.

Be sure to grab a FREE copy of the Hop, Skip, Popcorn Template below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Recognizes name
  • Identify the letters in name

Writing

  • Begins to write name

Gross Motor Skills

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

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Recognizes name
  • Identify the letters in name

Writing

  • Can write name

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
  • Demonstrate coordination in using objects during active play

Required Materials

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Hop, Skip, Popcorn Template - Explorers

Hop, Skip, Popcorn Template - Creators

*Markers

*Scissors

Step #1
Print and cut out the Hop, Skip, Popcorn Template.
Step #2
Write the letters of your Lil’s name on the pieces of popcorn with one letter per piece.

Write your Lil’s name on the popcorn bucket.

Step #3
Lay the pieces of popcorn on the floor.
Step #4
Invite your Lil’ to hop, skip, or pop over to the letters and bring them back to the popcorn bucket.
Only allow them to get one letter at a time to increase the amount of movement they get.
Step #5
Lil’ Creators repeat this process for the sight words.

Teacher Tip

There are two different ways you can play this.
You can have your Lil’ collect all the letters and when they are done the put the letters in order.

-OR-

You can have your Lil’ collect the letters in order.

If you really want to extend this activity, try doing both!

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