Alphabet Book for Preschoolers and Up with FUN MEMORY TRICK

Learning the alphabet is one of the first academic concepts children are exposed to at home and/or school. It can be a daunting task to learn the alphabet in the beginning. Kids must know 26 upper and lower case letters. Fortunately, there are helpful tools to help children master the alphabet like games and books. Today we want to share a fun and entertaining alphabet book for preschoolers and up.

Many children get the letters confused , which is understandable. I remember getting the lowercase b and d mixed up during a writing assignment in the first grade. Our teacher hung those writing assignments on the wall. I still remember being embarrassed that the letter d was where b should have been. Every day, I wanted to take the paper down.

While teaching my son, Corban, the alphabet, I don’t recall him getting the letters mixed up. This is because we read over 60 alphabet books, played games, and did a lot fun activities with the letters.

Corban has fond memories of learning the alphabet. When my baby boy was born, Corban wanted to write an alphabet book to help his younger brother and other kids learn the letters in a fun way. I was deeply touched by his desire and decided to help him achieve this goal.

Corban worked on the book, Alexander’s Hide and Seek Alphabet, for six months. He took the lead on the whole process from writing and critiquing the illustrations to approving the cover and marketing the book. While there are many alphabet books out there, this book has a different spin.

In the short video below, my son will tell you more about his book

Alphabet Book with a FUN MEMORY TRICK

Alexander’s Hide and Seek Alphabet uses a learning technique called the “Loci Method” to help kids learn and review the alphabet. The Loci Method is a memory tool which connects the information kids want to remember with places they know well. We used Alexander’s home in this book because children know their living spaces very well. Additionally, we used familiar household items to make it easier for children to find what they are seeking.

In order to make the Loci method fun for kids, we incorporated the game, Hide and Seek. We encourage you to take this book with you while walking through your home to find each item in this book. Have your child identify the beginning letter and sound of the item. For example, when you find an apple in your home, encourage your child to pick it up, say “apple” and its phonetic sound “ah”.

If you dont have something named in this book, find an alternative in your home. Make up your own Alphabet Hide and Seek Game and play with your child.

Your child will be amazed that they could find so many things that start with each letter of the alphabet in their own home.

Have fun playing, learning, and reading this alphabet book for preschoolers and up!

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Fun 3rd Grade Math Game with Turbo Bot | The Best Game Ever!

I think playing games are the best way for children to review information. Games incorporate three of the five senses for learning which are sight, hearing, and touch. Sometimes, if you are creative, you can include smell and taste as well. Below I will tell you about a 3rd grade math game we created.

This week, I decided to review multiplication and division with my son. He is starting to multiply and divide multi-digit numbers. I wanted to ensure that he mastered his times tables from 0 – 12.

My son loves games and competition. Therefore, playing this game really increased his motivation to get every math problem correct.

In order to make our review games more interesting, I like incorporating his favorite toys. This week he wanted to use Turbo Bot as a way to earn extra points in this activity. Turbo Bot is a toy that can dance, spin, explore, and even record your voice.

Watch the video below to see how we used Turbo Bot to make this 3rd grade math game more challenging and exciting.

Also you can use this game to review any concept, whether its addition, history, or science facts. We encourage you to be creative and use the game in your own way.

The video below comes from my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe if you like what you see.

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Fun Rain Experiment – Easy Science Experiment for Kids

Spring is here and it brings lots of showers. I have the perfect activity to help your kids understand why rains falls. They will create a rain cloud! This is an easy science experiment for kids at home.

This activity requires household materials. Below is what you will need….

Shaving Cream

Water

Food Coloring

Glass Jar

We first saw this easy science experiment for kids at our local science center. This demonstration helped my son, Cory, learn how rain is formed. It is fun and easy to do. This is an activity that you can repeat with easy clean up.

Below is a video my son created to show you how to do this experiment. It comes from his YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. It is full of science experiments, learning games, and DIY projects. Please subscribe if you like what you see.

Have fun with this activity!

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Word Game for Kindergarten | Fun and Simple Activity For Your Kids

We love to incorporate my son’s toys in his learning. One of his favorite toys is called BEYBLADE. It has energy layers that unleashes a fast spinning top. You can battle with another person to see whose top spins longer. It is a fun toy for kids. Therefore, we thought it would be fun to play a word game for kindergarten using BEYBLADES.

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BEYBLADES AND LITERACY

In the game, you got a point for winning the BEYBLADE battle. You also received points for the amount of words you could make. The amount of points gained depended on the number of words you made.

I wanted to give my son, Cory, a challenge. Instead of putting letters together and have him identify words, I gave him random letters and asked him to make words. I participated by making words when he gave me random letters. He did a great job with this game. In fact, he identified some words that I missed when it was my turn.

We helped each other in this game. As a result, we competed against each other but worked as a team simultaneously.

Try this word game for kindergarten with your child. You can actually play it with children of all ages. You will have to adjust the game according to their level.

Below is a video showing you how to play the game. This video comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe if you like what you see.

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20 Fun Interactive Books for Kids

Those who have followed my blog know that my son learned to read at 21 months through PLAY. Reading interactive books grew my son’s interest in stories and literacy. Below in this post, I have listed 20 Fun Interactive Books for Kids.

Below is a video of my son sounding and spelling words at 21 months.

Many people ask me how this was done and the answers are in the book below, Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. We also have an online course that gives a more detailed account of how he learned to read at an early age.

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Children will become interested in reading when you make it fun. You accomplish this by building their interest in words and stories. This will come naturally by reading a variety of interactive books.

Reading a variety of interactive books exposes children to various vocabulary words, characters, plots, settings, problems, and resolutions. When Cory, my son, was a baby, I always borrowed books about the alphabet, colors, and numbers from the library. This is the main reason he knew these topics at nineteen months and could read at twenty-one months.

I also picked interactive books with colorful pictures. When reading, I would point to the characters and various objects on the page. Pop-up books are great to read to children because they create an element of surprise. It also gives them an appealing visual of what is happening in the book.

Lift-the-flap books are great because your child is anticipating the answer to a question. They are also engaged while reading these books because they are showcasing the answers with lifting the flaps. Cory has always liked to handle books; therefore, I taught him how to turn the pages at nine months. This was another strategy used to get him involved in reading as a baby.

Start your child’s fun reading journey by reading interactive books. I have listed 20 below.

Let’s Get Started – 20 Fun Interactive Books For Kids

Alpha Bugs: A Pop-up Alphabet by David Carter

This book is all about bugs. It is a great resource for practicing sounds.

Birthday Bugs: A Pop-up Party by David Carter

This book celebrates birthday bugs. It has a different bug popping out of the presents.

The Wide-Mouthed Frog (A Pop-Up Book) by Keith Faulkner and Jonathan Lambert

This frog loves finding creatures outdoors and eating them. However, he was stumped when there is another that likes to eat wide-mouthed frogs.

Pop-up Peekabook: Under the Sea by DK

This is a baby book that introduces children to colorful underwater scenes and characters.

Pop-Up Dinosaurs: A Pop-Up Book to Get Your Jaws Into

This rhyming book has facts about dinosaurs. There are five big dinosaur pop-ups that jump from the pages.

The Jungle Book: A Pop-Up Adventure by Matthew Reinhart

This is a great retelling of a classic. Children are exposed to battles of good over evil and the importance of family.

The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas

This sensitive book gently illustrates common emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm.

A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up by Matthew Reinhart

This book is a classic storytelling of Mother Goose’s nursery rhymes.

Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-up Book by Jean Pidgeon

Children will learn proper dental hygiene in a fun way. They will see chimp brushing and a shark flossing!

Pop-Up Peekabook! Things That Go: Pop-Up Surprise Under Every Flap

This interactive book has bold pop-ups that make diggers, trucks, and cars jump from the pages when the flaps are lifted.

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

Children will try to find the perfect pet with this book. They will lift flaps and see a monkey, lion, and an elephant.

Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

This is a great bedtime book where children will delight in trying to find Spot.

Playtown: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Roger Priddy

Children will learn about busy scenes from around the town. This includes the airport, the hospital, and shops. 

Lift-the-Flap Tap Farm by Roger Priddy

In this interactive book, children will learn all about the farm, from animals to crops to farm machines. 

What’s in My Truck by Linda Bleck

Children will learn about various trucks making deliveries to different places. They can peek inside these fun trucks and see what’s inside.

First 100 Animals Lift-the-Flap: Over 50 Fun Flaps to Lift and Learn

 This book will help babies and toddlers learn all about their first animals. There are over 50 flaps to lift that reveal hidden photographs of animals.

Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon

This is a simple and rhythmic book. Kids will happily imitate all kids of animal sounds after reading this book.

Do Crocs Kiss? by Salina Yoon

This book has fun text and colorful illustrations. Children will see lions, tigers, and bears, as well as snappy reptiles and other favorite creatures.

Peek-A-Who? by Nina Laden

This book has colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts. Children will delight in the anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page.

Winnie the Pooh’s Giant Lift-the-Flap Book by A.A. Milne and Ernest Shepard

Winnie-the-Pooh has an adventure involving shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and how to tell time.

Have Fun Reading These Interactive Books!

Simple Circuit for Kids – How to Power a Light Bulb with Play-Doh

Introduction to A Simple Circuit for Kids

My son was first exposed to a simple circuit for kids as a three-year-old. For his birthday, my brother brought him the Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100. I thought this toy was too difficult for my son to grasp. As I was looking at the front cover of the Snap Circuits Jr box, feelings of intimidation came over me.

However, because this toy was for my young son, I was determined to figure out how it works. After reading the directions and doing three of the projects, I started to like this toy. It was a fun puzzle.

That evening I showed my son the circuits and he liked it. He liked the result of flashing lights, space sounds, and fans blowing.

Let’s Get More Exposure

The second time my son built a simple circuit was at our public library. They had a STEM program for kids where they participated in fun scientific projects. My son was a little young for the program but because we knew the librarian, she decided to let him (as long as I helped him).

We made circuits out of coppper wire and graphite. These projects were amazing and fun to do.

Covid-19 Changed Everything

Now that Covid-19 is here, the library is not doing the STEM program anymore. Therefore, my son and I have decided to do STEM projects like creating simple circuits for kids at home. Today we will show you one of those projects.

We called it the Play-Doh Circuit. It is fun and easy to do. The best thing about this activity is you don’t need many materials. While doing this project, your child will be amazed to learn how Play-Doh can create electricity.

Below are materials need for experiments.

LED 5mm Light Bulb

9v Battery and clip

Play-Doh

If you want to do it, watch the how-to video below. The video comes my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe IF you like what you see.

Have fun with this project!

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Playful Reading and Literacy Activities from Infants to Preschoolers

My Discovery

From my research, I concluded that doing playful reading and literacy activities with my son would be beneficial to his development. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that my son learned to read at a very early age. This accomplishment was NOT my intention. My intention was to expose him to as many words as I could so he could communicate his wants and needs. I did not want him to be a late communicator.

As a play therapist, I often found that children who were last communicators would resort to hitting or kicking. They were simply frustrated that they could not tell others their desires. This can be frustrating for adults as well. I could only imagine how a child who experiences this feels.

Seeing the Interest

I saw that my son was interested in reading, letters, and language at a young age. Therefore, I started to expose him to the alphabet, phonics, sight words, and blending sounds in a playful manner. He seemed to like how I was interacting with him daily, so I kept introducing him to reading and literacy.

Below is a video presentation I did for my alma mater, Davidson College. It outlines and gives tips on how my son learned to talk, blend sounds, and read at 21 months. There are various videos of my son as a baby showcasing his journey from talking to reading.

The presentation is a little over 50 minutes long. However, it gives a ton of resources and tips on how to stimulate your child’s brain and various methods to develop a love of reading and language. The steps are easy and fun to do with children.

This presentation is based on my online course and book, Teach Your Toddler to Read Through Play. Click the image below to learn more about the course. There is currently a $97 discount on it.

Here is the presentation! Enjoy!

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Letter Recognition & Word Game for Preschoolers, Kindergarten, and Up

Letter Recognition and words are one of the first concepts children learn when starting school. Letter recognition can be perfected by singing the Alphabet song, reading books, watching educational shows, and by simply playing with letters. Children often become familiar with words by reading, spelling, playing word games, etc.

My son and I have used all the methods mentioned above to get him familiar with letters and words. This time we decided to do something different. We created a fun activity called the Blindfold Alphabet and Word Game.

This game starts out easy with letter recognition but then gets harder with spelling words. The unique part of this game is that you have to identify letters and words with a blindfold.

We had so much fun playing this game. There was a lot of laughter during this activity. This game is a great way to reinforce letter recognition, how letters are formed (which is beneficial for handwriting skills) phonics, and spelling.

My son and I made a video of us playing the Blindfold Alphabet and Word Game. We had a friendly competition. You will see us having fun while learning. Watch the video below to see who won the game. Have your children participate while watching by identifying the letters and words with us.

The video below comes from my son’s YouTube channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe for other fun learning activities.

We used foam alphabet letters for bathtub in the video below.

Enjoy playing this game with your family!

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60+ Toddler Songs that Help Expose Children to Language

Boys Talk Later than Girls?

Before I had children, child development professionals, friends, and families told me boys usually talk later than girls. It became something that I expected. So, when my son Cory was born, my goal was to communicate with him often so he would become familiar with language. 

I didn’t want Cory to be a late communicator, because in my work as a play therapist, I noticed children who couldn’t speak would resort to hitting or kicking out of frustration. However, once they developed language, this behavior would decrease because they could communicate their wants and needs. 

My son was able to speak in full sentences by nineteen months. This was because he was naturally exposed to language through play and interaction. One way that I exposed him to language was through playing and singing toddler songs.

How and when it was done

I played and sung songs during the night when he woke up as a baby and during car rides. We also heard songs during feedings and diaper changes. When we played Toddler Radio on Pandora, I would pick my son up and dance with him.

Once my son become a toddler, we would play music on Youtube or on the radio and dance to it. Then we would do physical movements to songs like Wheels on the Bus and Head Shoulder Knees and Toes. This helped Cory make a connection with words and their meaning.

You may take it a step further by purchasing or going to the library and getting books that are based on toddler songs. It is an excellent way to expose children to language.

Now that you know the benefit of exposing young children to toddler music, I will give you a list of 60+ songs.

Let’s Get Started

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Old McDonald
  • B-I-N-G-O
  • Head & Shoulders
  • The More We Get Together
  • Do Your Ears Hang Low?
  • The Runny Nose Blues
  • Pop Goes The Weasel
  • I’m a Big Kid Now
  • Jack & Jill
  • Oh Susanna
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Three Blink Mice
  • In My Garden
  • Mr. Clean
  • Polly Put The Kettle On
  • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
  • Granny & Gramps
  • At the Grocery
  • Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • Yankee Doodle
  • In My Room
  • Kookaburra
  • Rock-A-Tot
  • Eensy Weensy Spider
  • Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be?
  • Five Little Monkeys
  • The Alphabet Song
  • Skinny Marinky Dinky Dink
  • Dry Bones
  • If You’re Happy
  • Six Little Ducks
  • Fingers, Nose, Toes
  • Baa, Baa Black Sheep
  • The Bear Went Over The Mountain
  • Roll Over
  • This Old Man
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Deep and Wide
  • Mulberry Bush
  • There’s A Hold In The Bucket
  • He’s Got The Whole World In His Hand
  • Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me
  • She’ll Be Coming Around The Mountain
  • America the Beautiful
  • Down By The River Side
  • Row Row Row Your Boat
  • The Farmer in the Dell
  • I’ve Got Peace Like a River
  • The Ants Go Marching
  • Where is Thumbkin?
  • London Bridge
  • Ring Around the Rosy
  • The Muffin Man
  • Skip To My Lou
  • When The Saint’s Go Marching In
  • Happy Birthday Song
  • You’re A Grand Old Flag
  • It’s Raining It’s Pouring
  • Rig-A-Jig-Jig
  • 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe
  • Engine Number Nine
  • This Little Pig

Have Fun With These Songs!

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Tooth Decay Experiment: Teach Kids the Importance of Brushing their Teeth

I love doing science experiments with my son. One reason is that they help children become better readers. Also, they provide learning that is hands-on and uses the three senses of sight, hearing, and touch (sometimes smelling and tasting as well). They are the best way children can apply what they are learning.

In the past, I have used science experiments to teach my son lessons in hygiene such as the importance of washing his hands. The activity I will show you today is a great complement to that experiment. It is called the Tooth Decay Experiment. This could be your child’s next science fair project (for older kids).

The Tooth Decay Experiment will show your children the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day. Furthermore, it demonstrates what happens to your teeth when you drink certain beverages such as orange juice, tea, and water.

We have fun with all our experiments; even those that don’t work. It gives us opportunities to investigate and solve problems. I tell my son this is what scientist do!

The Tooth Decay Experiment has made my son a “Flossing and Teeth Brushing Advocate!” After you do this activity, it will probably have the same impact on your child. I will show you how to do it.

Let’s Get Started!

Warning: This post contains a lot of pictures.

Materials:

  • 5 cups (we used paper cups)
  • 5 individual labels that read: Orange Juice, Soda, Water, Tea, and Vinegar
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 cup of orange juice (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of dark soda (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of water (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of tea (enough to submerge an egg)
  • 1 cup of vinegar (enough to submerge an egg)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Plastic Gloves to protect hands
  • Goggles to protect hands

Here is a video of my son doing the Tooth Decay Experiment. This video comes from my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe for fun activities.

Directions:

  • Make 5 individual labels that read: Orange Juice, Soda, Water, Tea, and Vinegar
My 4-year-old son is learning how to write in cursive. To my surprise, he wrote the labels in cursive.

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  • Cut the labels out and put them on the cups.
My son putting the labels on the cup.
The labels are on the cups.
  • Put the eggs in each cup.
My son putting the eggs in the cup.
  • Pour the liquids in each labeled cup.
Pouring the dark soda in the cup.
  • Let the eggs sit in the cups for 24 hours.
Our eggs are sitting overnight on the kitchen counter.
  • The next day take the eggs out of the cups and see what happened.
The egg in the water stayed the same. So we concluded that water is healthy for your teeth.
This egg was in water. It was clear and maintained its color.
This egg was in the orange juice. It was slimy and we could see the sugar from orange juice on the egg.
This egg was in the dark soda. The soda stained the egg brown. This is how soda stains our teeth.
This egg was in the tea cup. It was stained brown like the soda.
This egg shell was in vinegar. It made the shell soft and squishy.
My son brushed the egg shell that was in soda with toothpaste.
After brushing the egg shell it was starting to become white again. This is what happens when we brush our teeth.

This experiment had a big impact on my son. He knows that brushing his teeth is important. After doing this activity, he said he wanted brush his teeth everyday.

Try it at home and have fun!

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