Melissa & Doug Alphabet Lacing Cards
This is a great kit because it includes 26 double-sided wooden cards and 26 colorful laces. The reason for the 26 is that you get a wooden card for every letter of the alphabet. The other great thing about this is that not only do you have the colorful illustration on the one side but there is a label on the back complete with the oversize uppercase and lowercase letters. You can then use the cards as flashcards which is a great learning tool. There are also many other variations of learning including color matching with the laces and the borders or stringing the entire alphabet together in order. The Alphabet lacing cards will help your child learn letter recognition, simple vocabulary, early literacy skills, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.
This toy is recommended for ages 3 and up and the item dimensions are: 12" x 10.5" x 1.5" Packaged.
Extension Activities: More Ways to Play and Learn:
- Together with the child, "read" the card as a sentence: "A-a-a-apple begins with A." Turn the card around to show the letter as you complete the sentence.
- After identifying the object and letter on a card, help the child think of more words that begin with the same letter.
- Have the child trace the letters with a fingertip.
- Encourage the child to lace the cards with laces that match the card border or the main object color.
- Help the child try different methods of lacing, such as looping around the edge with each stitch, or criss-crossing the card to create intersecting lines.
- Select specific cards that are meaningful to the child, such as a first initial or favorite object. Create a small collection of these special cards and use a lace to connect them into a custom letter book.
- With the letter sides facing up, help the child place all the cards in alphabetical order. Sing the alphabet song together when the row is complete, pointing to each card as you say its letter name.
- With the letter sides facing down, help the child place all the cards in alphabetical order using only the pictures as a guide. When the row is complete, try singing the alphabet song using the object names instead of letters!
- Use the laces to connect the cards in a long row to create an alphabet wall hanging.
- Choose a few cards and create a simple story about them. Ask the child to help add to the story, bringing in additional cards to expand the storyline as needed.