This fun, simple, and inexpensive letter recognition activity is perfect for building letter identification skills. The hands on nature of the activity is perfect for keeping young learners engaged. And, the structure of the pull strips helps minimize distraction to keep kids focused on the letter at hand.
Pull Strip Letter Identification Activity
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- card stock, 2 sheets
- clear tape
- ball point pen
- bright colored markers
In this high-tech world of loud, flashing gizmos, sometimes simple is best. In fact for many kids, especially those with special sensory needs, the bells and whistles of electronic games and activities interrupt focus and impede learning.
This pull strip activity dials it down a notch, but still offers the worksheet-free, hands-on learning that active students crave. The best part about this activity is the easy inexpensive set-up. It takes about 10 minutes to assemble and uses just 2 sheets of card stock.
To assemble the activity, begin by folding a piece of card stock. Using the long side of the paper and working from the bottom, fold the bottom of the paper up to create a 2 to 2 1/2 inch strip. There is no need to measure, just eyeball it. Then fold the paper up one more time to form another 2 to 2 1/2 inch strip. You will wind up with something like this. 1 side will be longer than the other.
To complete the pocket, fold along the lines you just created, trim the back down to about an inch or so, and tape the flap down with 1 long strip of clear tape. On one side of the pocket, cut a little half circle, to make it easy for the kids to pinch and pull the strip. Next , add a strip of tape on the opposite end of the pocket to keep the strips from falling out, while the activity is in use.
Place your fingers inside the pocket and use a pen to poke a small hole in the center, about an inch away from the half circle. They, insert your scissors into the hole and cut out a square. Finally, use the marker to outline the square hole you just created. This will create a visual window around the letters, which will help the kids to focus.
Cut the remaining card stock into strips that are just small enough to fit inside the pocket and write pull on the bottom of each end. The finished product should look something like this.
The easiest way to space the letters is to put the blank strip in the pocket and write the letters inside the window you created. This will ensure that the letters are perfectly aligned and will fit inside the window. Be sure to write the letters randomly. You can also work on upper case vs lower case, by having the child identify the case of each letter.
To use the activity, put one of the strips inside the pocket and have the child slowly pull the strip, identifying each letter as it becomes visible in the window. Happy learning!