Did you know that everyone has a unique fingerprint? And did you know that birds have fingerprints too and sometimes a koala’s fingerprint can be mistaken for a human’s? Today I am going to be sharing with you another one of our preschool letter activities that I created for my son C.
Now that I have given you all the fun facts about fingerprints let’s talk about why I chose this activity for my son. C is my toddler and I wanted to start exposing him to letters in his environment that made sense. I also wanted to ease him into doing things that will get his hands dirty. He hates anything that leaves his fingers messy which results in him immediately wiping his hands on whatever pants I am wearing. See my predicament? However I have noticed how he looks at paint when his sister is painting so I figured- why not?
OUR PRESCHOOL LETTER ACTIVITIES TOOLS
Here is what you need:
- washable paint
- flat surface (whether horizontal or vertical)
- cloth for wiping hands (we used wet wipes because we have a lot of that on hand)
- Preschool Letter Fingerprint Pages A-Z
- paint palette
1) First I secured the preschool letter sheets (I chose the initials for our family) to a flat surface.
2) Then I added the paint colours that C choose to the paint palette. Once I did this, I slowly demonstrated what was expected of him.
3) While I was doing this I spoke about the picture on the sheet. For the letter A, I pointed out the apple and kept saying A as well as singing the sounds that A makes. This is the same song that I use with J to remind her of the letter sounds so she gladly joined in.
4) Once I showed C what was expected, it was his turn. He looked at the paint then looked at me as if he was saying, “You expect me to touch that?” Luckily he eventually tried it and it was a success!
Did he learn his letters and their sounds? I don’t know as it wasn’t my aim. My aim was to expose him to the letters and sounds and to ensure that it was an enjoyable multi-sensory experience. This is an activity we shall be trying again. Oh, I am also happy to report that my pants were clean at the end of the activity but C still needed a bath.