Potato alphabet activity in preschool

It was farm week in this two year old classroom. Laying in the center of this table was a set of mixed up construction paper potatoes with one letter of the alphabet on each one.

There are several centers open throughout the classroom including a sand table, water table, easel, gluing activity, blocks, and so on. The teacher waits to see which children would like to participate in the game with her. It doesn’t take long before a handful of twos come to her table to play the game.

Each of the children are given several potatoes and then the teacher asks the children to look and see if they have the letter A.  This group of twos are very familiar with the letters of the alphabet so this is more of a review for them and not an introduction to the letters.

The children search through their potatoes as the teacher asks them to help her find the next letter. Then the children say the names of the letters they have found so far with the teacher. The game continues until all of the letters are found.  Today’s game reviews the letters A through J.

After all the letters are found, some of the children want to play the game again so the teacher mixes the potatoes all up and they play again.

By |2010-04-28T08:00:46+00:00April 28th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

2 Comments

  1. Lisa Phelps April 28, 2010 at 9:54 am - Reply

    This is a great game, thanks! I think I might play it with real potatoes with letters written on them – so that the children also have experience with what potatoes feel, look and even smell like! Your website is like a garden – planting lots of ideas which grow in the minds of teachers and lives of children…..thank you!

    • Deborah J. Stewart April 28, 2010 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Lisa! Your idea of using real potatoes is FABULOUS! You go girl!!

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