Mega Bloks get a lot of use in our home so I decided to create letter learning activities that we could do with them. Most recently, we have been working on letter recognition and letter sounds while playing with Mega Bloks.
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A lot of people have really liked our 7 Learning Activities with Mega Bloks post and we are still using them for many different kinds of learning activities. I think they are the perfect tool for hands-on learning experiences because they are so widely available and most people have them around the house already. If you were wondering whether you should get rid of them, don’t. Keep them around and try out some of these learning activities!
1. Match uppercase letters to their uppercase match – All you have to do is write the uppercase letter on two different blocks. Do this for a group of letters, all the letters of the alphabet or repeat with only a few letters. Then put them all in a pile and have your child look for all the matches. I also like to talk about letter sounds as we play with the blocks. So as he is finding the match for letter “A” I would say the sound it makes. You could also make the letter sound and ask them to find the block with the letter that makes that sound.
2. Match uppercase letters to their lowercase match – Write the letter in uppercase on one block and then in lowercase on another block. Do this for as many letters as you would like to cover. Put them all in a pile and have your child find the matches. This is also a great way to introduce lowercase letters if you have only been focusing on uppercase at first. I have Evan find a certain uppercase letter and then I ask him to find the lower case match in the pile.
3. Find all of the letter A’s, B’s, C’s and so on – I write each letter on several different blocks. For instance, I will write the letter “A” on 4 different blocks, the letter “B” on 3 different blocks, the letter “C” on 2 different blocks and continue for as many letters as I want to work on. Then I put them all in a pile. Then I ask Evan to find all the letter “A” blocks in the pile and make a tower with them. I repeat for all the letters. Sometimes I just put them all in a pile and let him match them all up into towers without directing him to do each letter one a time. You can also turn this into a math activity by asking them which letter is represented the most, the least and the same amount of times.
4. Find letters by name and color of block – For example, you would ask them to find the red “A” or the blue “B.” This works best if you write each letter on several different colored blocks.
5. Find letters by name and number of bumps on block – You would ask the child to find the “B” with 2 bumps, the “E” with 3 bumps or the “A” with 4 bumps.
I write the letters on the blocks with dry erase markers. The dry erase marker does rub off while playing with them, but it usually lasts through one activity and that works for me right now. I also remind Evan to pick up the blocks by the tops and bottoms so they don’t get rubbed off as quickly.
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