I saw a post about using paint chips for literacy over on Babble and I have been waiting to grab some at Home Depot for a while. Luckily, we’re doing a bedroom makeover so I’ve found myself in various home improvement stores more often than usual lately!
All I needed was some paint chips that have several shades of colors on one sheet and some long solid color ones.
You add the ending sound to the solid paint chip, then put a bunch of beginning sounds on the long one (one sound per color). The kids put them together to form words.
Your reader slides the vertical paint chip through the window you cut in the solid color one, sounding out each new word as she goes. Em loved the colors; it definitely helped motivate her to participate. She really liked the sliding aspect of it as well.
Unfortunately I didn’t count on something she loves much more than reading–snipping! As I’ve said before, Em love to cut, so those beautiful white lines were just calling her name, and it wasn’t long before she had cut all my paint chips to pieces. Oh, well, just another way to play with her fine motor skills! At least we could talk about what sounds the letters make as she went along!
Remember to get several long solid paint chips for all your different endings! We did -at, -an, it-, and -og. The beginning sounds worked for all the different endings, and sometimes they made silly nonsense words. That’s half the fun!
Keep reading fun this spring!