A useful puzzle for helping children to become familiar with the alphabet, and with the role of letters in the formation of words. A tracing stick is provided to help build the fine motor skills, practice pen holding and the correct way to write each letter. A great preschool puzzle to prepare a little one on the movements of writing and build their muscles ready for writing for extended periods of time. Its use is enhanced if the companion puzzle of uppercase letters is also available to the older child (KC2001C).
Ideas for enhancing play and learning:
Ask the child to select the letter that his/her name starts with. Repeat this with other family members and pets.
While placing letters in their correct position on the board, it could be useful for the child to learn the sound of the letter and to have him/her think of other words that begin with this same sound.
First simple naming words can be formed with the accompanying use of the Uppercase Puzzle. Children can begin to recognise the difference between upper and lowercase letters.
Trace and practice the movement of writing letters.