Labelling might seem like a very simple literacy project but toddlers and preschoolers have a natural preference for order through sorting, arranging and classifying, so as well as being a fun way of introducing your child to purposeful literacy this project has the added benefit of appealing to their developing sense of organisation as well.
To make these labels I sat down alongside Immy (who was drawing at the time) and said that I was going to make some labels for the containers in the playroom. She was very interested and as I prepared the labels we discussed what word or words I was writing on each one and what sort of image would be good for the picture prompt.
Then I covered each label in clear Contact paper and Immy helped me to attached them to our storage containers – for our plastic containers, we simply taped the labels to attach them, and for our baskets we punched holes in each label and tied them in place.
Quick and easy to make, they help to teach Immy that writing has a purpose, that a word written to represent an object remains the same each time it is read or written…and pack away time in the playroom is quicker and easier then ever before 🙂
Have you labelled your child’s toy baskets or belongings?
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