Backyard ABCs

Summer Outdoor Literacy Preschool Lesson Plan
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If you're antsy little learners are in need of some sunshine and fresh air, load on the sunscreen and head outside to give this fun literacy activity from Roots of Simplicity a try!

Supplies You'll Need

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Flat section of sidewalk or pavement
  • Eager learners with loads of imagination!

The set-up is simple - using the sidewalk chalk, have your students work in groups or together as a class to create a 26-square grid {over at Roots of Simplicy, they suggest creating a 5 x 5 square grid and adding an extra square at the bottom}, writing one letter of the alphabet in each. Then, go on a nature hunt to find objects to place in each square that have the same beginning sound. If your preschoolers can't find an actual object, have them use the chalk to draw something from nature {i.e. a bird, a waterfall, etc}.

We also love the extension at Roots of Simplicity – adding a bit of gross motor fun to the ABC grid by jumping from letter to letter to create focus vocabulary and sight words! Head on over to see pictures and get more great early childhood activity ideas!