The name is one of the first words the kid learns to write. We have done lot of name activities in the past and writing his name on every art work or worksheet has helped my little one remember the spelling. We have always done the name activities with his name. So, this time I decided to include the names of other family members as well. With Valentine’s day around the corner, we just made the activity bright and red and heartsy 🙂
- Rock salt
- Red paint
- Stirrer (you could use a pencil or stick)
- heart cut outs from card stock
- White paper
- Photos of family members (optional)
Setting up the activity
- Take rock salt in a bowl and mix few drops or red pain.
- Stir well until it mixes thoroughly
- Transfer the red colored salt to a bin
- Make heart shaped cutouts from cardstock. I used the heart punches to do this
- Write the alphabets in each of the heart cut outs.
- Place the heart cut outs in a random manner in the bin containing the salt. You could hide some under the salt as well.
- On a white sheet, stick the pictures of family members one below the other. If you are not using the pics, you could just write the relationship of the family member to the child.
- Draw hearts next the the photo. The number of hearts you draw will be same as the number of letters in the family members name
Playing the treasure hunt
- Place the bin on top of a newspaper. We did not do this and I know how essential this step is. Trust me!
- Place the white sheet next to the bin and invite the child to find the letters from the bin and form the name.
The best thing I like about this activity is, the same set up can be used to teach different concepts and can be played in different ways.
- Give the child small clothspin and ask the child to pick the hearts using the clothspin and drop it into a bowl. They can use only the clothspin to pick the hearts. See how many hearts they can pick in a minute.
- If you are learning the concept of colors, hide different colored hearts in the salt bin. Draw different colored hearts on a white sheet. Ask the child to pick the hearts from the bin and match it to the ones on the paper.
- The same treasure hunt concept of finding letters can be used to teach spelling of any words. Write down five words on a sheet of paper. Make sure you have written all the letters in the heart cutouts. Now, invite the child to pick the letters from the bin and form the word.
- This can be used to teach math concepts of numbers, addition, subtraction etc depending on the age of the child.
- Make it a party game. Create two bins and see who forms the words first or who picks the maximum number of hearts in a given time.
Your turn now:
Go ahead and have a treasure hunt in the bin. Did you try this activity? Let us know what you did in the comments below.