- it can be used to teach across all areas of a curriculum (maths problems, literacy etc)
- adapted to suit all levels of understanding
- helps consolidate skills
- so simple to set up
- challenging but also very supportive at the same time
- fun and engaging
What you need –
- Envelopes (new or recycled)
- Coloured pens
- Paper (coloured or plain depending on the teaching)
“Uh oh! I’ve dropped all the colours, can you help put them in the correct envelope?”
I wanted to set this up as a problem solving scenario that Possum needed to solve. Often this motivates children and inspires them to compete a given task from start to finish as well as giving them a sense of achievement when it’s over.
Of course this approach to learning can be simply applied to build on literacy skills. The above example is one way that has children sorting rhyming words. You could also consider having children sort words/sounds –
- same starting (or ending) sounds or letters
- include the same phonic blends
- rhyming words (see above)
- vowels, nouns and verbs etc.
- matching counters in the envelop to the number written
- correctly placing money ($5.20, for example) as written on the envelope
- sorting number names, symbols and illustrations
Deborah Alter-Rasche says
Love this idea, Kate! Envelopes are so fun (and easy to get and work with as well!). Pinned 🙂
Jackie@My Little Bookcase says
Cammy loves playing with envelopes. Thanks for all the new ideas
Oh how clever!! Love the simplicity of the colour sorting, but the maths one would be perfect for my prep who thinks he is bad at maths when he isn’t!
Kate Gribble says
What a clever little Possum 🙂 I could see Sarah loving this. She does love to sort and line things up 🙂
really cool ideas for kids learning
Kate Grono says
That’s a great idea! I love the letter envelopes, they look just like what my 5 year old would be needing to help her early reading at the moment.
Elise Ellerman says
I like that this is such a versatile learning resource. As you said, it can easily be modified to suit different ages and different areas of learning. So cute that Possum was not going to let her Dad get away with making any mistakes 🙂 Elise @ Creative Play Central
Rachel | Racheous says
I really love this idea and how easily it can be adapted. I’m definitely going to try to organise something similar! 🙂
Jodie Clarke says
Such a great idea Kate…we used envelopes a lot this week in play so now I have my follow up activity sorted thanks! been pinning 😉
Love how easy and fun this would be!!! There are so many possibilities for the kids to create new games too. Pinning!
No way! Possum is so clever. I love this – and the countless possibilities! So workable in a classroom situation (given how frugal and easy it is). Brilliant! xo P
Bekka Joy says
Love this! 🙂 Will have to try this one with Miss Ivy soon enough! 🙂
Love the number rolls!!!!!
Thank you lovely Krystal! 🙂
This is a great activity for kids to learn about colors. I like to use those color cards too. It’s fun 🙂
Thanks Chris, I appreciate your comment. 🙂
Nicola - Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic says
Brilliant ideas to encourage toddlers to play with sounds, letters and words as well as numbers and colours! Try some today and make learning fun!
Totally agree Nicola. Thank you for your comment.
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