When children first start learning the forms and names of letters it's important for them to look at the details that make up each letter. For example, some kids may think that an “F” and an “E” are the same because they don't see that the bottom line is missing on the “F.” How can you get your child interested in looking at the fine details of the alphabet letters? Draw letter people together! This activity is perfect for artistic children, or for children who love to tell stories.
What You Need:
- Black permanent marker
- Pen, crayons, or markers
What You Do:
- Use the black marker to draw a large, clear letter on a piece of paper.
- Discuss with your child whether the letter looks most like a face or like a person.
- If you decide that the letter looks most like a face, ask your child to point out where each facial feature (e.g. eyes, nose, mouth, and ears) would go. If you decide that the letter looks most like a person, ask your child to point out where each body part (e.g. legs, arms, and head) would go. Make sure that your child is taking the small details of the letter—the tail of the “q” or the middle stub of the “G”—into account.
- Encourage your child to add facial features or body parts so that the letter looks more like a person.
- Ask your child to tell you about the letter person, based on the picture. Is the letter person a child or adult? Male or female? What personality traits does the letter person have? What job might the letter person enjoy? Your child can even draw the letter person doing a job.
- Repeat this process with other letters of the alphabet. After your child makes a few letter people, come up with a story together that uses the letter people as characters!