Recently my wonderful sister in law gathered these beautiful white shells and posted them to me as she knows me well, and also that shells are harder to come by where we live. The girls love plain with natural objects and we have made natural discovery baskets and interest tables in the past. After playing with these in the sand and water for a while I thought we could make them into a permanent resource for our playful literacy activities!
What they are learning while they play:
literacy: letter recognition, matching upper and lower case letters, sounding out letters phonetically, forming 2 and 3 letter words (CV and CVC words), beginning to recognise small words independently, be able to sound out small words
motor skills: fine motor skills in picking up and turning over small shells, playing with rice in handfuls and scoops
social skills: turn taking, playing according to rules, sharing