My preschooler is in the process of learning her uppercase and lowercase letters. To make practicing more fun we decided to play an ice cream themed game.
All of my kids LOVE to play pretend and kitchen and restaurant play is a favorite so this ice cream game was a hit!
To make the game I used 12 ball pit balls and 4 paper towel rolls. I cut the rolls into thirds to make the cones and wrote lowercase letters on the front. Then I used a Sharpie to write the corresponding uppercase letters on the balls.
I set the “scoops” and “cones” up on a table on one end of the room and the big kids and I sat at the other end. My 3 year old was the ice cream cone maker. She matched the uppercase and lowercase letters together and then delivered the cones to us. The added balancing practice as she walked across the room made the game even more fun!
I chose the 12 letters that are in our family members’ names to play with first and they were such a hit she has already requested the second dozen! This game could easily be adapted to practice numbers, words and math facts so I bet the big kids will end up with some ice cream cones to play with too!
For more ways for kids to Move and Learn check out this week’s other posts:
Learning Shapes with a Ball for Toddlers from hands on : as we grow
Geometry Jump from The Pleasantest Thing
And come back next week for the next post in the Move and Learn series!