These Smart Snack Alpha Pops look good enough to eat!
Daisy got to play with them first and immediately began matching and sorting. She used a large salad bowl to keep them organized.
"Look I can make a word."
"Look a big letter and a small letter". My response, "yes a lower case u and a capital U."
"I made another word, lica"
"What does this word say?"
"Clif" I responded "Yes, that does say cliff. Cliff the name and a cliff you might fall off has two f's. Can you find another?"
We talked about the need for using a mixture of upper and lower case letters.
Cat (back to front).
Both girls busy playing and matching lower and upper case letters.
This product allowed both girls to play simultaneously but in different ways.
Rose was matching colour and I was able to chat about the colours she was joining up. She did point to the letters occasionally, so I shared the letter " yes that is an 'a' on the popsicle."
Daisy tended to move onto c.v.c. world building and exploring word families.
Anything you can do I can do too!
This was the start of Daisy's ABC project. She lined them all up and sang the ABC song while pointing to the letters. It was easy until it came time to flip the posicles to the other side. It forced her to slow down and think about each letter. A great learning experience.
And of course the pretend popsicle licking!
This learning toy is versatile and was appropriate for both children. The printed letters on both sides meant less toys (a bonus for most classrooms and families).
A friend was over playing with the girls at the weekend and he did not like the restrictions of letters on both sides. He also wanted to click whole words together. While I sympathized, I understand the aim of the Alpha Pops is to match upper and lower case letters.
Here is the low down on Smart Snack Alpha Pops
"Pop together these frozen treats to match uppercase and lowercase letters. Double sided to include all 26 letters. Self checking by colour. Single alpha pop measures 4"L x 1-1/4"W. Ages 2+."
If you would like to play with this lovely set of Smart Snack Alpha Pops tell us how you teach upper and lower case letter matching.
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Before Friday July 27th, 2012, 4pm Central Time.
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