Using a simple felt-backed tablecloth, I made an extra large ABC Mat that can be used in a variety of ways to target a number of skills!
You will need to gather the follow supplies:
- Felt-backed tablecloth (I used a rectangle)
- Permanent Marker
- Yardstick (optional)
1) Lay the tablecloth on the floor. Smooth out all of the wrinkles.
2) Plan where you are going to draw your lines. When I unfolded my tablecloth, there were enough lines to make 36 blocks using the fold lines.
3) Trace your lines on the fold lines or use a yardstick to help keep lines straight.
4) Write the alphabet, one letter per square. I wrote mine in alphabetical order, but you could mix up the letters depending on your tot's readiness.
5) If you have extra squares like I did--you could write numbers or other target skills. I wrote numbers 1-10.
Variations for play:
- Beanbag Toss--toss a beanbag and say the letter name or sounds
- Look & Find--I told my son to find letters and stand on them.
- Move & Spell--Have your older tot spell three-letter words or names.
- ABC Match-Up--Match foam letters or other letter manipulative to the correct letter square
- Simon Says--"Simon says...jump on letter B two times."
- "Whack-A-Letter"--Give your tot a clean fly swatter to let them take a "whack" at letters you call out.
Variations for Tablecloth Mats:
- Sight Words
- Counting Routines (count by 2's, 5's, 10's)
- Computer Keyboard