Activity:

Alphabet Letter People

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What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Pen, crayons, or markers

What You Do:

  1. Use the black marker to draw a large, clear letter on a piece of paper.
  2. Discuss with your child whether the letter looks most like a face or like a person.
  3. 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.
  4. Encourage your child to add facial features or body parts so that the letter looks more like a person.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

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