I was recently contacted by Alph-Bits cereal to see if I wanted to work with them to help promote child literacy. I immediately said YES! I love the fact that they are working to help kids develop a love of reading from a very young age.
Part of reading is of course, having fun. And, for a kid, playing with your food is always fun. Why not turn your Post Alpha-Bits cereal into a way to help your kids learn (and love to read)! Here are a few ideas and snacks you can try with your own kids.
One fun activity we I did with my kids was to make their own little family tree! Simply take a sheet of paper and draw a tree (artistry skills not required, as you can see above). In the middle, have your kids spell your last name. At the bottom, they can find the letters to spell out Mom and Dad. Then, have them spell their own name and those of their siblings in the branches.
We tried it at first WITHOUT mom writing down the letters we needed to find. You can actually write the names down and have your kids find those letters (if they are younger). It is a fun way to understand a little about ancestry as well as learn how to spell the names of the members of their family.
LETTER SORT GAME
Another game you can play with your kids (especially younger ones) is to have them sort the matching letters into a pile. I had my 5 year old take a small amount of cereal and find all of the letter “B”s. Her reward? She got to eat the cereal when she was done! This is helping her identify and know her letters, so that as she moves into kindergarten next year, she will know all of her letters and be ready to learn to read!
ABC CRISPY BARS
Another fun thing to do with your kids is to make these ABC Crispy Bars! You simply make the recipe (add in food coloring if you want to have more fun) and then use letter cookie cutters to cut them out. Your kids can then create words before they jump in to eat this yummy treat!!!
Whatever you do with your kids, make sure you are instilling a love of reading. I can’t wait to share ANOTHER amazing thing Post Alpha-Bits Cereal is doing to increase literacy right here in my home town. Details will be coming soon — can’t wait to share!!!!