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Alphabet Floor Foam Alphabet
This week I would like to share a toy that my sister bought for D for his 2nd birthday. The Alphabet Floor Foam Mat instantly became one of D's favorite toys.
Here are some of the activities that we have done with the Floor Mat.
1. Teaching Letters. I actually credit this mat for helping me teach D his letters. D is a very hands-on learner so being able to touch and move the letters were essential for him. I would remove one or two letters and ask him to put the "E" back.
2. Letter Hide and Seek. I would hide letters around the room and D had to find them and put them back in the correct place on the mat.
3. Hopscotch. Set the letters up in the form of "hopscotch" and jump on the letter and call out its name.
4. Write words. This has been a recent addition. D is almost four and VERY interested in spelling words. I will call out the letters and D will attach them in the correct order.
2. Fun. Who wouldn't love a giant puzzle?
3. It has large pieces that even little hands can manipulate.
4. It is durable. Mine, however, have lots of teeth marks from M.
1. It has LOTS of pieces. Have you noticed that that drives me nuts?
2. I could not find a Spanish edition so there is no "ñ." (A con for us.)
3. You need lots of free floor space because it is fairly large.
Toys that we are interested in:
Science toys. D is very interested in animals, space, insects, etc. Some ideas I have are an ant farm or telescope. Does anyone have any science-based toys that you would recommend? (D will be 4 in December.)
My Boaz Ruth left the following message last week. If you can provide any information, please leave a comment. "I'm looking for more information about the laptops for the very youngest kids (2 and 3). We're looking at the Vtech tote and go laptop, but if you've tried anything like that, it'd be helpful to hear."