In previous posts, I have shared how children can learn letters in natural ways. One way for very young children to begin learning about letters is to play with letters. Even when no letters are known, children can manipulate magnetic letter shapes. Children may begin to sort letters by features that are easy to distinguish– such as color.
Activty: Color Sort
Supplies: Magnetic Letters
Model sorting magnetic letter by color. Then, have your child sort magnetic letters by color! That’s it. Pretty easy.
What’s the purpose? By sorting letters by color, your child is beginning to learn the skill of LOOKING for distinctive characteristics as well as learning the skill of SORTING letters into categories. Soon your child will be ready to sort letters by similar features so this is an easy preliminary activity. If your child is new to sorting, trying giving him letters of just 2 different colors.