Witches Fingers - Learning Lesson
I was shopping for Halloween decorations when I came across this amazing pack of witches fingers. As soon as I saw them, I threw the package into my basket. For $1.50 at Party City, I found a learning tool that I knew would be a hit with my four year old boy.
When I picked him up from school, I showed them to him. He enjoyed placing them on his fingers, being silly with them, and pretending like he was scary. After a few moments of exploration, I asked him if he wanted to play a game with me. His interest was peaked, and he couldn't wait to hear more. I told him that we were going on a letter hunt through the house. We used our witches fingers to point the letter, say its' name, and tell its sound.
For an hour, we ran from room to room reaching hi and low pointing out letters. My son was so excited to play this game. He asked me if we can play it every day. Of course, I said a big yes with a huge smile on my face. He also said, "Mom, will you tell me when you see letters, and I'll tell you when I see letters." For $1.50, I would consider the activity a huge success.
Of course the newness of the witches fingers might wear off, or he may use them to play or act scary. As far as I'm concerned, I created a new awareness about print and letter recognition in a way that was VERY exciting and fun. I can't wait to see how our letter searches progress from here.
If your child is beyond learning his/her letters and sounds, you can use the witches fingers as a tracker. When kids are learning to read, we often ask them to use their finger to track where they are on the page. They often lose their place, get distracted, or get overwhelmed by the amount of words on the page. The goal is to remove the finger while reading, but it's a great tool to use when you're in that phase where it is helpful.
If you think that your child might enjoy witches fingers, then head on over to Party City or another store with Halloween items. The concept could apply to any skill. You could hunt for shapes and colors, use it for counting, etc. My goal was to make the activity fun, and it was a success.