Oh, clothespins with letters written on them. How I have taken advantage of you! And now with three kids, the benefits of these nifty little letters are that much more impressive–teamwork, literacy, fine motor skills–but most of all, watching the big kids help Little H and all of them having to work together to build words and share (since there is only one clothespin per letter). I think I’m going to start giving packages of alphabet clothespins and flashcards to friends as baby shower gifts–seriously. It’s a gift that keeps on giving!
So without further ado, watch my kids have a blast clipping letters to flashcards, sounding out words and unknowingly working on their phonemic awareness as they go! If you need some ideas on how to make a set of your own and what to do with them, just click here and check out some of our past clothespin fun! There is even a set of spring sight words just waiting to be printed out.
My favorite part was watching Little H as these letters that she knows and loves to point out to me literally came together to form words before her eyes. She was so excited to participate (so thrilled, in fact, she may have broken a clothespin or two). It’s okay, Little H. I get overexcited about reading, too.
And even though we have done this a dozen times, Jax and Em never tire of it either. I think it’s because every time they are more confident about their power to read (to quote Super Why) and they can step into the role of teacher (Jax to Em and Em to Little H). You can never underestimate the power of confidence, especially in a burgeoning reader.
And the power of an activity that keeps kids happy, busy, and learning! Everybody wins!