fun with stencils

Activity Duration: 1-2 hours

Age: 3 – 5 years old

Introduction:
Children can learn through the following ways: observing, listening, playing, exploring, questioning, experimenting, and his/her five senses – touch, taste, smell, vision and hearing.

Objectives:

  • Create a fun and explorative way of learning alphabets, names, or words
  • Parent and child bonding session
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Encourage creativity

Materials Needed:

  • Alphabets stencils
  • Stickers
  • Hole puncher or chopsticks or scissors
  • Colour pencils or crayons
  • Craft furry wires

learning lettersStep 1: Letter Recognition & Stencil Tracing

  • Discuss with your child about the letters in his or her name
  • Allow the child to identify and pick out the letters from the stack of alphabets stencils
  • You can also brainstorm on the other objects/animals/vehicles which starts with the same letter of your child’s name
  • Let your child use the stencils to trace out the alphabets

colouring lettersStep 2: Colouring

  • After tracing out the letters, let your boy or girl pick out his/her favourite colour to colour each letters of their name.

Step 3: Learning how letters are formed

  • Parents Demonstration: demonstrate to the child on how to write the letter on a separate paper
  • Ask your child to use his/her fingers to follow through the traced letters done earlier
  • This helps your child to visualise how a particular letter is form
  • To further re-enforce this and to make learning fun, get some cute, colourful stickers for your child to decorate the letters
  • Ask your child to paste accordingly to how he or she would write the letter
  • This is to demonstrate that he/she understands how the letter is formed/written
  • Next is to fill those letters with colours!

lacing the lettersStep 4: Lacing Letters – Parent’s task

  • Help your child create holes using a pair of scissors, a hole puncher or chopsticks
  • The space between each hole should not be too far apart

Step 5: Lacing Letters (Re-enforce learning)

  • Parents Demonstration: demonstrate how to write the letter on a separate piece of paper
  • Ask your child to use his/her fingers to follow through the traced letters he/she has done earlier. This will help your child to visualise the shape of the letter
  • Pass the craft furry wire to lace the letter

It’s finished! You can paste this in your child’s room or door.all done, have some stencil fun

By Poppletots
About Poppletots: Started in 2010 by a mom who left her job to be spend more time with her child, Poppletots aims to provide unique, fun and useful children related products such as educational kits and apparels. Within 2 years, Poppletots has become a fun-going cosy community for reviews and parents to exchange ideas. Find out more about Poppletots at www.facebook.com/poppletots

This article was first published in The New Age Parents e-magazine