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DIY Fun Activities

An ongoing series of fun engaging activities you can create at home to connect with your child.

Letter Scavenger Hunt

November 23, 2022

You will need:

  • small paper plate or square of paper
  • pen or pencil
  • hole puncher (optional)
  • letter enriched environment (can include cereal boxes, food items, games etc.)

Beginners Level (ages 3 - 4)

Use a pen to write letters on the small paper plate. Give the child the plate and explain to your child that s/he needs to go around the room and find letters on the plate. Scratch off the letters as they are found and punch a hole in the plate for each letter found. Continue the game until all letters have been found. Reward your child as you see fit.


HINT: You can focus on letters your child is struggling with identifying or you can play on his/her strength.

CHALLENGE: The use of books are not allowed unless it's the book cover only.


Advanced Level (ages 5+)‚Äč

Use a pen to write letters on the small paper plate. Give the child the plate and explain to your child that s/he needs to go around the room and find and item with the beginning letters on the plate. Scratch off the letters as they are found and punch a hole in the plate for each letter found. Continue the game until all letters have been found. Reward your child as you see fit.


HINT: You can focus on letters your child is struggling with identifying or you can play on his/her strength.

CHALLENGE: If playing with more than one people, the person that can find an item for all letters first, wins the game.

Numbers and Letters Hunt

March 2020

You will need:

  • container
  • rice, sand, dirt or flour
  • pen or pencil
  • paper
  • playing cards or squares of paper with numbers written on it

Beginners Level (ages 2 - 3)

Use a pen to write letters, numbers and patterns to match playing cards on a sheet of paper. Fill the container with rice and bury the playing cards in the rice. Give the sheet of paper to your child and explain that cards are hiding within the rice and s/he should find the cards and match them to the number, letter or pattern on the sheet of paper. Continue the game until all cards have been found and matched. Reward your child as you see fit.


HINT: You can focus on numbers and letters your child is struggling with identifying or you can play on his/her strength.

CHALLENGE: If patterns were created, have the child count the dots drawn.

Numbers Headbands

February 2020

You will need:

  • numbers flash cards or playing cards
  • tape
  • 2+ players

Beginners Level (ages 4 - 5)

Put a piece of tape on the back of a flash card and attach the card to your child's forehead. Explain to your child that s/he will be given hints and s/he should guess what number is on his/her forehead. Example, "You are the number that comes after 4" or "You are between numbers 4 and 6". Keep playing while interest lasts.


CHALLENGE: If your child can do single digit addition, you can give hints like, "You are 4 + 1".