Daisy has been writing her name for nearly a year now but recently she has taken to using capital letters and inverting the D and S. It was time to intervene and do a little bit of focused letter teaching.
I remember seeing colour bags somewhere on the lovely world wide web but I didn’t pin it so I’m working from a vague memory. Daisy and I set out on a mission to make colour bags for the light table.
- Finger paint gel mix (or similar)
- Food colouring
- Non-leak plastic bags
We spooned roughly 5 tablespoons of gel into each bag. I held the bags while Daisy counted. We filled one bag, got organized to fill another and went to lift the spoon but it had disappeared.
The gel had eaten it! After much giggling, we found the spoon and continued filling. Next came the food colour drops. Counting and good fine motor control skills were needed as Daisy added 5 drops of colour to each bag.
With full bags of colour, we headed down to the light table to play.
We had put a little bit too much coloured gel in the bags. I squished it into a container to use for…something? Testing writing on the bags allowed us to get the amount just right. I wrote a letter on the green bag. Daisy copied on the pink bag and then she wrote it on paper.
She worked away perfecting her letters and even took my role of drawing a dotted letter to follow if she got lost.
I had to remind her to use the right hand to make shapes in the gel then I realized I had set the table up for myself; a leftie!
For Daisy, the gel bags should be on the right side of the table so she does not have to reach too far with the writing hand. They are secured to the table with parcel tape.
The bright colours make me smile!