Buying a pack of clothespins and writing the alphabet on them is one of the best five minutes I have spent as a parent. There are so many different ways you can invest in your kids’ education, and this is one of the simplest ones, not to mention they love it! It gives your kids an awareness of letters and depending on how you play with them, can improve their understanding of the sounds letters make, how words are formed, and much more. Take a look at how we’ve used them to build familiar words, work on sight words, and get kids moving while learning! And if you have a new baby at home and need some new tricks to keep the big kids occupied and happy, there’s nothing simpler than busting out some homemade flashcards and clothespins!
Basically I made some flashcards using words that do not repeat letters and added some stickers for fun. Then the kids used their nimble little fingers to put the clothespins in the appropriate order on the card. Easy as P-I-E.
This is a great activity to do with an older sibling who can read who can help the littler one with some supervision. I can sit on the couch and hold the baby while these two play and learn together, and have fun while they’re doing it.
And I get a bit of a break. A win/win for everyone, especially me!