Monday, May 20, 2013

Alphabet Rocks

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I’ve noticed that many of the children love rocks.  They pick them up on their walks, they fill their buckets when they are at the beach and often they’ll arrive at school to show me a rock they have in their pocket.
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One day when I was at the beach I collected rocks and decided to make
ABC rocks. 
Each letter of the alphabet has two rocks; one for the upper case letter
and the other for the lower case.
The little white cups have the same letters printed on them.  They can drop the two matching rocks into their cup.
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As the children played with the rocks they didn’t always put the rocks into the cups.  They enjoyed moving the rocks around, feeling them and turning them over.  Carefully exploring each rock.

Sometimes they would ignore the rocks and simply stack the cups within each other.  I noticed this same thing after they finish their snack.  They like to stack their drinking cups as high as it will go. 

Hmmm, I’ll have to put just cups on another table and see what they’ll do with them.


  1. I will have to try that with my alphabet rocks. Great idea. I kept my alphabet rocks in a separate basket from the other rocks, but they were not getting used as much. Last week, I took a deep breath, and mixed the 2 baskets together. Looking forward to seeing how the kids will use them.


    1. What is you printed words on cards for them to match the rocks to? Or print out the alphabet with some of the letters missing and they use the rocks to fill the empty spaces.

  2. This is great letter recognition for preschoolers - and kinders too! I'd love it if you'd share this at the After School Linky Party on my blog:

    1. Thanks I just added the link but couldn't find your button code to add to my page.