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Puzzles are a great activity for children to develop fine motor and problem solving skills. Our natural Beech wood Alpha Puzzle measures a giant 57cm by 16cm and is 1.6cm in thickness.The 26, lower case, letters of the alphabet are a developmentally appropriate font known as ‘ball and stick’. This print is predominantly adopted in Early Childhood and Lower Primary Education, as it allows for a more manageable formation and recognition. Our Alpha Puzzle is of a high quality meaning it will be an heirloom for the next generation in your family.
PLAY TIME IDEAS:
Use the giant letters in playdough as stamps!
Pair the empty letter board with sensory materials such as pom poms, balls, cooked spaghetti or beans and use tweezers (found in our Sensory Bin Tool Kit) to fill the letter imprints. The perfect fine motor Literacy learning experience.
OUR TEACHER TIPS:
Introducing the letter sound and name, at an early age is great exposure. Whilst playing, incidentally voice these concepts. For example, ‘Oh, you have the letter ‘S’ it makes the sound ‘sss’ like snakes.
For older kids, pop the letters into a touch and feel bag. Without showing your child, choose a letter and describe it whilst holding it from inside the bag. For example, ‘The letter I have in my hand has a straight back and a big round belly.’ Ask your child to guess what the letter could be then alternate roles.