Step One: Gather materials.
- A few magnetic metal spoons (some stainless steel spoons are magnetic and others are not depending on the processing the metal has undergone). Other utensils such as a ladle or serving spoon may be used. Or a magnetic wand may be used.
- A set of magnetic letters.
Step Two: Fill a small bin or bowl with magnetic letters. A magnetic letter like Melissa & Dougmagnets worked, but they are just a bit too heavy to stick to the spoons. Sets of dollar store magnetic letters work well with metal spoons.
Step Three: The child begins to stir the letters with their spoons.
Step Four: The child pulls out their spoon one at a time and looks at the letter they grabbed and name it.
Step Five: The child practices writing the letter.
- Extend the activity by having older kids write words using the letters.
- Children who are working on cursive letters can form the cursive or even upper case cursive version of the magnetic letter they pull from the bin.
- Have kids write the lower case letter of the magnetic letter.