Your Spring Pouch Subscription arrives just in time for Spring Break! It contains 3 new pouches and 1 loose creative so you can mix and match to keep things fresh and fun.
(PS, don't have a pouch subscription yet? You can sign up anytime here. Our pouches ship every 3 months, depending on when you first placed your order. The activities in our pouches change after those 3 months to ensure you always get new activities, no matter when you signed up).
What's Coming This Spring?
Pouch 1: Alphabet Cards
This pouch is jam packed with possibilities! The pouch comes filled with 26 letter cards with matching wooden letters. The cards have two sides of activities. The first side has a spot to fit a wooden letter into the outline of the letter shape. The back is where your kiddo can practice writing both lower-case and upper-case letters on the wipe-clean surface (a special erasable pen comes with this pouch).
Alphabet knowledge is an essential component to building early literacy skills. Below we break down our suggestions on how to guide your kiddos based on their ages.
How We Use:
3-4 year olds: Talking about letters each day can be the first step in building alphabet knowledge. Start with the letters in your child’s name. Hold up a card and see if your child can find the matching letter (make it fun and hide letters around the room for a simple treasure hunt game).
4-5 year olds: This age is all about starting to write! Copying letters is key at this age, as children start use more letter like formations than scribbles.
5-6 year olds: Identification and naming of uppercase letters becomes more rapid. You can start talking about letter sounds (it can be helpful to focus on just one or two letters at a time). We like to hold up two letters and say “show me the letter that makes the /mmmm/ sound.”
Pouch 2: Tangram
We admit- we might have more fun with this one than our kids! Nothing beats a classic Tangram. Spread the pieces out and let their imagination run wild! Flip, stack, and rotate the shapes into endless designs. Need some inspiration and a challenge? Check out the handy design cards that give examples on how to construct shapes from a teapot to a crane.
How We Use:
This activity can be very interactive, so make sure to talk to your child about what interests them in the designs they are building. Why did you build a house? Tell me about your design. If your child needs help, encourage them to try on their own first and then reach out for assistance. This will not only facilitate a hard work mentality but also help build up their confidence in problem solving.
Pouch 3: Magnetic Building Blocks
Our magnetic builders come in vivid colors and fun shapes. It's hard to say if it's more fun to build a structure or to knock it down and watch how it deconstructs. You can bring in an academic element by counting the pieces, separating them by color and shape and then removing pieces for subtraction.
How We Use
Around the home, have your kiddos play with the magnets on your refrigerator or get out an old (magnetic) cookie sheet and stick the magnets in patterns and shapes. The perfect activity to keep your kid occupied while you make a meal in the kitchen!
When out and about, restaurant tables (or airplane trays) provide the perfect flat surface for your child to build their creations on.
Loose Creative: Doodling Animals Coloring Book with Crayons
There is so much creativity packed into this awesome book! Each page gives your child a simple prompt about what is happening in the picture and then they get to use their imagination to doodle in the rest of the artwork. Such a great activity to pull out at any time- the waiting room of a doctor's office, the car, or wherever life takes you!
How We Use:
Develop early literacy skills by talking about what an illustrator’s job is and then point out that your child is illustrating their own pictures in this doodling book. (Side note: When reading to them during story time, don’t forget to identify the author and illustrator in your child’s favorite books). To continue to develop book handling knowledge for 3–6-year-olds, encourage them to point to the titles in stories, to look at the pages from left to right, and flip pages one at a time.