In an effort to teach my son his letters, I’m constantly looking for creative ways to incorporate a learning lesson into our daily activities. Jackson has a pretty limited vocabulary for a two-year-old, so I’ve really been focussing on teaching him sounds and then building words once he has mastered each sound. I don’t want to overwhelm and frustrate him by introducing too much at once. Anyone who has a child with an expressive language delay can relate to this daily struggle.
Our craft today is a fun way to teach the “D” sound. By the end of painting, Jackson was repeating “dddddddd.” I call that a successful morning in our house. Happy dance for mama and baby!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- construction paper
- washable paint (I like Crayola Washable Finger Paint because it washes easily off of toys and skin)
- plastic toy dinosaurs
- paper plate
- baby wipes (makes for easy cleanup!)
- Using the paper plate as your palette, prepare a variety of paint colors for your little one.
- Demonstrate how to dip the dinosaurs’ feet in the paint and make prints across the construction paper. Don’t worry if the prints aren’t perfect, I promise you your little one will not mind one bit!
- While making the prints, make the “ddddd” sound. I said “d-d-D…d-d-dinosaur.” Then I told Jackson to make the “d-d-D sound.” He replaced his usual dinosaur “roar” with the D-sound!
- When you are finished, write a capital and lowercase “Dd” at the top of the paper to show your little one what the letter Dd looks like.