Summer Literacy Activity for Preschoolers

I’m so excited to share this Summer Literacy Activity for Preschoolers. This cool new phonics learning activity is hands-on, so it’s perfect for kinesthetic learners.

collage of colored ice letters with text: Ice Letters Sensory Activity for PreschoolersPlus, it’s a great way to get reluctant readers excited about learning letters and letter sounds this school year. You can add this fun sensory activity to preschool themes about the weather, the alphabet, or preschool letter of the week plans.

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Get ready to explore important preschool literacy skills with this sensory frozen phonics activity for kids. It’s a great way for preschoolers to get some hands-on experience identifying and manipulating the letters of the alphabet.

colored letter ice scattered on plastic trayLearning through multisensory activities like this ice letters sensory play will help make your early literacy lessons memorable and fun. Keep reading for more cool pre-reading lesson tips and activity ideas.

colored letter ice scattered on trayPreschool Phonics Activities

When you begin teaching phonics to your preschoolers, it can be helpful to focus on letter sounds before stressing letter identification. After all, learning that A says /a/ is more important for early literacy than learning the actual name of the letter.

colored letter ice on plastic tray for children to practice literacy skillsYou can use this ice literacy activity to explore letter sounds in a tactile way with your preschoolers this year. The ability to hold the letters and explore their 3-dimensional shape is a fantastic way to help your early learners remember which letters make which sounds.

colored letter ice on plastic tray arranged to spell the word catOnce preschoolers have mastered letter sounds, begin working on identifying consonants, vowels, and blending sounds. You can use these frozen letter shapes to help your early learners by sorting vowels and consonants into separate bowls or having kids pick out the vowels from a bin of frozen letters.

Finally, practice blending sounds by linking frozen letters together. Ask questions like “What sound do these letters make together?”

Want more phonics learning activities to try with your preschoolers? Here are some of our favorites:

child picking up colored letter iceBooks for Building Preschool Literacy Skills

The best way to help your preschoolers fall in love with books and develop early literacy skills is by reading to them. Reading books together helps kids get excited about reading while teaching them important early literacy skills and building vocabulary.

Here are some of our favorite books to read in preschool:

While reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, try playing with these frozen letters together and pretending to let them “fall out of the coconut tree.”

child spelling word with colored letter iceWhat’s your favorite way to explore phonics with preschoolers? Share your own fun activity ideas in the comment section!

preschooler holding letter O made from colored iceSummer Literacy Activity for Preschoolers

What you’ll need

  • Silicone Letter Mold
  • Trays
  • Food Coloring
  • Water

colored letter ice scattered on plastic tray for children to exploreHere’s how to do it

  • Fill each section of your silicone mold with water and add a drop or two of food coloring.
  • Place the silicone letter mold in the freezer for several hours until completely frozen.
  • Carefully remove the frozen letters from the silicone mold and place them directly onto a tray.
  • Encourage children to explore letter sounds and word building with the colored ice.

colored letter ice on plastic trayThe little guy and baby girl had a wonderful time practicing phonics skills using these colored ice letters and I’m sure your little learners will too. This activity is perfect for working on letter recognition and even spelling words in an engaging and hands-on way.

Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our safari preschool theme!

collage of colored ice letters with text: Ice Letters Literacy Activity for Preschoolers