For this week’s lesson plan highlight, I am sharing one of our favorite Fall Harvest activities with you: The Letter Lasso Game. This game is loads of fun, super easy to set up, and perfect for practicing early literacy skills and hand-eye coordination all at the same time. That’s a learning activity win, if you ask me!
This activity requires only 3 simple supplies:
- A paper plate
- Yarn or rope
- Letters of some kind (Foam Letters, Letter Magnets, Alphabet Puzzle, etc.)
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, assemble the lasso by cutting the center out of your paper plate. Cut a length of yarn to size – 2-4 feet should do the trick, depending on the size of your child. Next, poke a hole in the edge of your paper plate ring. String your yarn through the hole and tie it off. Once your lasso is made, all you have to do to set up the game is scatter letters all over the floor. Better yet, turn the job over to your little ones and make it part of the game (scattering things around the floor is what they do best after all ).
How To Play:
The object of the Letter Lasso Game is for the children to swing their lasso over their heads, and throw it around a letter. Once they lasso a letter, they can pick it up and put it in their pile. This game can be played individually or as a contest among siblings or friends. This game is fantastic because it can easily be modified to fit the skill level of your particular child. Here are a few different ways to play
- Letter Recognition – As your child lassos each letter, have him tell you the letter name as he adds it to his pile
- Letter Sounds – Ask your child to show you each letter they lasso and tell you the sound it makes. We like to sing the Letter Factory song. I say “The B says __, the B says ___, every letter makes a sound, the B says___…) pausing for my daughter to fill in with the correct letter sound.
- Spelling – For older children, turn it into a spelling game by telling them a word and asking them to lasso the letters in the correct order to spell it out!
I love the Letter Lasso Game because both my toddler and my preschooler can play it at the same time and still be challenged. They have both gotten a kick out of this game and the best part is it’s simple enough for them to set up and play on their own. It is a true boredom buster!