Our wonderful instructor (and also a blogger) Elise is joining us today to share some wonderful ideas on how she integrated our ABCs & 123s theme into her daily life! Check out her fabulous post then leave her some love in the comments! Enjoy! - JN
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I don't know if it's the back-to-school chill in the air or Jordan's rockin' pinterest board that sparked my energies, but I really loved our ABCs and 123s theme month! We brought the theme home with us this month with a couple of super-simple crafts. Soph is 21 months and a little young yet to be expected to recognize letters, but a few little manipulatives gave us lots to talk about and I loved opening up her world to the basics of numbers and letters!
Our first craft was this fun little deck of number card paint chips from Laurie at Reading Confetti. I just grabbed a fun array of colors and numbered them up with a sharpie. These were bright and attractive to Sophie and we did some counting with them (though her attention span never made it through the whole deck at once!) I love these because they are a great size for the diaper bag and an easy toy to toss in the stroller for during class (especially by taking it a step further and putting them on a ring to flip through.) The inspiration post suggests using a hole punch to punch out the appropriate number of holes for each number in the card and I think that would be lots of fun for little fingers to check out. Another fun option for an older child would be laminating them to allow for tracing of the numbers with a dry erase marker.