This activity reinforces letter recognition as children use detective skills to search for letters in printed materials.
Spread out some magazines and newspapers on a table or on the floor.
Tell the child that he is going to be a Letter Detective. His job is to find as many letters as he can using his magnifying glass.
Start with one letter. You might choose a letter in your child’s name or let your child choose which letter he would like to look for first. For example, say, “Your first detective job is to search for the letter H.” If the child is unsure of what this letter looks like, write the letter to show him. Then encourage him to use his magnifying glass to search for as many H’s as he can. Your child can mark the H’s with a crayon or marker.
If your child enjoys this game and wants to keep playing after finding lots of examples of the first letter, you can choose another letter together to hunt for. For example, “Now we’ll solve the mystery of the missing letter P. Can you look closely to find where the letter P’s are hiding?” If one letter is enough for now, you can play the game again at another time and your child can choose a different letter.