We have just loved this Alphabet Acorns activity set from Learning Resources. It’s so much fun but educational too. A real learning through play experience.
Children get to experience early literacy skills and alphabet awareness without even realising it, as they are having fun!
The set comes with 24 acorns with different coloured lids and each acorn has a capital letter on the front of the acorn. Inside the acorn lid it has the lower case letter with a line underneath so children can identify it the correct way up.
Hidden inside each acorn is an object that corresponds with the letter printed on the acorn so for example D for dinosaur.
Isabella started off by putting them all into a basket and naming all the colours.
She loved taking the lids on and off which she could do herself easily. This is great for developing her fine motor skills and hand-eye do-ordination.
Next I laid all the acorns out empty in colour order and the objects next to them.
Isabella choose an object and I helped her to find the correct acorn and she really enjoyed putting the object inside. As we did this we we made the sound for the objects so for example with dinosaur we made the “dddd” sound and I told her what letter name it was. She really enjoyed this and managed to maintain her attention for the whole alphabet.
For younger children this set is perfect for starting off with colour matching and then moving onto the identifying the letters and sounds.
One of the things I really love about this set is that there are so many things you can do with it.
Here is a list of some of the ways we have used it so far :
- We took them into the bath and used a net to catch the objects and put them in the correct acorn.
- We counted all the objects and named all their colours.
- We sang the alphabet with them
- We stacked them up to spell out words (with my help)
I can really see Isabella using this set a lot, especially as she becomes more knowledgeable and confident with the alphabet and phonics.
I would highly recommend this set to anyone that’s introducing the alphabet and phonics to their children. It really does make learning fun.
ALL the pieces are of a high quality and very well made. They fit perfectly into a childs hand and are a nice texture so they can grasp them easily.
Beautiful colours and they come in a great box, although I think we will store them in a basket whilst they are in the play room but they box will be great when I want to rotate toys and store them away.
These Alphabet Acorns have been on my wish list for ages and they did not disappoint. I can’t wait to see Isabella use them over the next few years.
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RRP £31.00 and available to purchase at www.learningresources.co.uk
Ages 3 – 7 years