As I mentioned in our plastic eggs name game, Tinker is showing more interest in learning letters. We’re focusing first on learning the letters in her name. Our latest name game is inspired by her love of butterflies and flowers.
We made our flowers using red flower petals purchased at JoAnn’s. Use your weekend flyer coupons to get a great deal on them. I labeled some foam circles from our craft collection with the letters in Tinker’s name. Then I glued them to the center of the flowers. Next I glued the flowers onto some colored craft sticks that were given to us from CraftProjectIdeas.com.
We placed a bit of floral filler from Dollar Tree into small terracotta pots to serve as the base for the flowers. You could also use play dough, black beans, or real soil. We’re using this activity over and over as a tot school tray option, so I wanted something that could sit out for long periods of time and be easy(ish) to clean up if it spilled (got dumped on purpose).
I also had some butterflies in our craft materials so I added them for some extra fun and counting practice. You can make your own out of craft foam or find some similar foam stickers.
Tinker loves planting her name garden.
As she does we talk about the letter flower she is planting. When she’s done we spell her name.
And, of course, there’s always the ceremonial celebration she throws for herself each time she finishes. 😉
She loves to fly the butterflies around the name garden. Ultimately each butterfly finds a flower to call its home. It’s become a great way to practice one-to-one correspondence as well as counting the number of letters in her name.
For another adorable flower learning activity check out Buggy and Buddy’s ABC flower garden. It’s a super cute way to practice the alphabet.
For more name practice your child might also enjoy our ping pong push name activity.
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