When Stones bring letters to life
How to get your children interested in learning the letters of the alphabet.
Every summer holiday we have been collecting stones with our children, wherever we go. And each time we would take them back home with us. Researchers even found out that collecting stones, feeling them and examining each one of them, had a positive effect on children.
Now that summer is over we have a big bowl of stones that we collected and we washed all of them, so that we can start painting them.
Here is how you paint 26 different stones with all the letters of the alphabet:
- Acrylic paint
- A piece of cardboard as underlay to paint on
And that’s how it’s done:
Our children chose 6 different colours.
Put small portions of paint on the cardboard or use an extra piece of cardboard to put the colours on. Paint the stones from all sides and use two layers of paint.
What was magic when we started painting, our children went all silent, deeply concentrated with what they were doing. A very special moment.
Once all stones are painted, put them aside and let them dry. After that you can start painting the letters on each stones. What works for children who do not master the alphabet yet, is to draw the letters with a pencil so that they only have to follow your lines.
Start with all the vowels, A, E, I, O and U. Well known school teacher Maria Montessori suggested to use one specific colour for the vowels and no other letters. We chose silver for that purpose. All the other letters we painted in white colour. An easier way for your children to memorize all letters and also being able to distinguish between vowels and consonants.
Did you know?
According to Montessori, children’s ability to learn letters, reading and writing is at age 3.5-4.5, which was exactly the case for our children, too. Just try it out with the painted stones and awake the children’s interest!
We wish you a lot of fun trying it out by yourselves! Your BADALA-family
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