It's a learning activity. It's a craft. It's a "craftivity!" This activity focuses on identifying the difference between upper and lowercase letters, using two different colors of paint to “stamp” the letters according to their case. The visual aspect of this activity (using different colored paint) allows your preschooler to really test their knowledge on upper and lowercase letters. Any time paint is involved, you know it’s going to be a great crafting activity!
This activity is a more advanced activity and does require that your preschooler has mastered letter recognition with both upper and lowercase letters. If you child is not quite there yet, see the activities listed at the end for scaffolding it toward the level that’s right for your preschooler.
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Diving into Corn Alpha-Painting
piece of paper
foam paint stamper
2 different colors of paint
Step 1 On your piece of paper, draw out 2 to 3 corn cob shapes. Within the corn cobs, draw several circles and put a mix of upper and lowercase letters in the circles (hack: use the foam paint stamper to draw your circles).
Step 2 Talk your preschooler through the activity-they are to take the foam paint stamper and with one color, stamp all of the uppercase letters and with the other color, stamp all of the lowercase letters.
Step 3 Let your preschooler go at it. You can have your child verbalize the letter as they stamp it.
Scaffolding their learning
For those not ready for this level:
If your child is still working on identifying certain letters, label the circles with just those couple of letters and use the different colors for the different letters. A good starting point is letters in your preschooler's name!
For those who are ready for more:
Instead of putting letters in the circles, you can put words they’re currently working on reading. You can do a couple words or you can increase the number of different words and add more colors.
For those who want to focus on a different learning skills:
Instead of letters, you can do number identification or shapes. Each number or shape can be stamped a different color.
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