Finding fun ways to learn phonics
So my boy is four (birthday write up here!) and he has almost zero interest in learning the alphabet or anything to do with phonics. He absolutely loves hearing us read stories, and we do every night, but when it comes to letters, everything is poopy-poo. Everyone tells me it’s a “boy” thing. Everyone tells me not to worry. I’m not overly worrying but at the same time I want to help him recognise his letters! Right now he knows F for fart and P for poo. Brilliant.
So behold, Pants Blast was born!
Pants blast came about after we’d spent a good half hour pinging pairs of (clean!) underpants around the lounge. B thought it was absolutely hilarious to throw them about rather than put them on. What 4 year old boy doesn’t want to throw their pants around the room?
So with this in mind, I thought why not make some sort of game that combines the fun of throwing pants, and phonics.
And there you have it, Pants Blast.
Want to throw your pants about?
Want to set up your own underpant fun? All you need is the following:
- Some floor space – inside or out!
- Some paper – write out the letters you want to focus on.
- Masking tape to stick your paper to the floor.
- Lots of pants!
How to Set up Pants Blast
Pop a strip of masking tape to form a line. This is where you’ll throw your pants from.
Stick your letters on the floor. A distance that you think you’ll child will easily reach.
Throw your pants! Each time a pair lands on a letter, get your child to go retrieve said pants and tell you what letter they landed on. They don’t get their next pair of pants until they’ve had a guess or learnt a new letter!
And boom, a stupid but fun way to engage kids when it comes to learning their letters! What bonkers things have you done to try and engage littles with learning?!