I feel very happy and resourceful when I utilize the same learning materials for different uses. It's like learning just reinvents itself and it's so creative and developmental. In this alphabet match up activity from Play Create Explore, one of the main materials needed were laminated alphabets. Imagine seriously printing and laminating each and every alphabet, I think I would've gone crazy. And it will cost me a bomb too. But the wonderful thing is the I had these Sandpaper Letters which I've made over the months as I went through with Nat in writing the alphabet! Hooray!
I also increased the difficulty level and fun level, by getting him to use tongs to pick up the foam letters from a basket so as to train his fine motor skills too. And then he will match the each foam letter to the sandpaper letter.
And when we were all done with matching, I asked him to gather the letters back into the basket by grouping them into colours, and tadah! We also had a colour sorting lesson.
It's amazing how 1 activity can just morph into so many teachable moments. Nat could actually repeat the game 3 times in a row! I was getting bored but he was on a roll! Now the next level will be to build up my library of lowercase sandpaper letters and we've a different game to play!