Dollar store ice cube trays look fantastic on the light table (see here). Yet, they're even more fun when you turn them upside down. These particular ice cube trays are like buttons just waiting to be pressed (so you could pop out the ice cubes that I will never make - haha). So I decided to turn them into a keyboard of sorts to practice matching uppercase and lowercase letters, spelling words, and searching for particular letters. It may be a simple light table activity, but it encourages literacy and fine motor skills. And seriously, what kid doesn't like pressing buttons?!
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For this activity, I used three translucent ice cube trays from the dollar store and some dry erase markers. I wrote uppercase and lowercase letters on the ice cube trays with the dry erase markers. I can easily wash the marker off so that I can reuse the trays for another activity in the future.
I just love how these ice cube trays look on the light table, but they're even more irresistible when they are alphabet buttons waiting to be pushed. We played a few different games with these:
- I would call a letter and then K would press the letter that I called.
- K would match uppercase and lowercase letters by pressing the letters at the same time.
- I would help K spell words by dictating the letters while he pressed them.
He had a lot of fun with it!
We love the Fine Motor Fridays series. Here's what my co-hosts were up to this week:
Name Recognition using Beads from Powerful Mothering
Popper Ball Game from Little Bins for Little Hands
Watercolor Drip Painted Easter Egg Garland from Stir the Wonder
Fine Motor Bead Play with Tractors from House of Burke
5 Easy Easter Games using Plastic Eggs from Lalymom