Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Simply Made: Tablecloth ABC Mat

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:
  • Numbers
  • Shapes
  • Sight Words
  • Counting Routines (count by 2's, 5's, 10's)
  • Computer Keyboard
  • Anything!
 FYI--If you have trouble finding a plain colored felt-backed tablecloth, you could also use a shower curtain liner cut to size.


Bytesofmemory said...

oo what a great resource! I will have to find a table cloth and use it for some of the larger numbers!

Semalee said...

Cute! Thanks for the idea!

Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree