summaryHow can your children use alphabet noodles or cereal to have fun and play reading games? Let them count the ways! Here is a batch of ideas to get them started.
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For place cards and gift tags: Colored construction paper, hole punch, ribbon. For spill-and-spell game: Empty alphabet soup can, kitchen timer Picky, Picky! Young children will love sorting through a pan of dry alphabet noodles or cereal and picking out letters they recognize, the letters in their own names, or short words they know how to spell. By placing the words on a piece of dark-colored construction paper, the letters will stand out and therefore be easier to read. Children also love to pick out letters in a spoonful of noodle soup or alphabet cereal and milk. These letters are too soggy to save, but your children may want to see how many different letters they can recognize before swallowing. Place cards. Alphabet noodles add an extra dimension to holiday or party place cards. Sit down with your children and make a list of the birthday party guests or guests who are expected to join the family for a holiday dinner. To make place cards, your children cut out squares of paper, fold them in half, and place them open end down, like pup tents. Pour a bag of alphabet noodles into a pie pan so they can sort out the letters for each name on the list. Then they glue the name on a place card. Prereaders will need your help sorting out the letters and sequencing them properly. Your list should be written out in all capital letters so your children can match the noodle letters, which are also all capitals, to the printed letters. Gift Tags. Your children can glue names made out of noodles on colorful paper tags for birthday or holiday gift boxes. Punch a hole in the tag and tie on a ribbon, then attach it to the present. Party Cupcakes. Make personalized cupcakes for a childs birthday party. Set each guests name in alphabet cereal letters on top of a frosted cupcake. The birthday child can help pick out the letters and arrange them. Spill and Spell. Rinse out the can after you make store-bought alphabet soup, but leave the label on. Remove any burrs on the rim and wrap the rim with cloth tape. Pour in a half cup of dry alphabet noodles. Now you have a spill-and-spell game to give your children. To play, your children spill out the letters, in the soup can, on a table. Reposition letters that are upside down or backward. Set a kitchen timer for a certain amount of time (say, five minutes), then see how many words they can make before the timer rings. They can write down the words if youre keeping score. Next time, you take a turn.