I’m trying my best to convince the Engineer that reading is a good thing. He’s not enthusiastic about it, but he liked this idea and had a lot of fun.
I found this strategy on Pinterest or somewhere and pulled together some of the components for it.
- A metal lunchbox
- Magnetic letters
- CVC segmentation cards or sight word cards
First, find a good metal lunch box. It needs to be large enough to hold the letters and the card. Ours came from 5 Below, but we saw some good ones at Target, and I’m sure Wal-Mart or other “stuff” stores would carry them too.
You’ll need CVC segmentation word cards – Teachers Pay Teachers has a ton of these, and the ones we used were free. Go here to find the ones I used. I’ll probably break down and buy more, as this was a kid hit.
I laminated mine – and before I laminated it, I wrote the word on the back of the card. The Engineer and Princess can self-check and make sure they got the correct word.
I pulled letters out of our giant magnetic letter bin for an assortment of cards in each box. That way the kids didn’t have to dig just trying to find a lowercase i in the box. Frustrating that!
Even the baby got in on the fun: he didn’t make any words, but he put his letters on the lid and named them. Fun stuff!
Word practice, letter practice, and pre-reading in a fun game. It’s even portable, so I think we’ll take these on long car rides. I like it!