Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Swat-a-Letter


Learning letters and words can be hard work for young children. Make it fun by constructing a simple letter game where they can play with an item that they are not normally allowed to touch. Purchase a cheap flyswatter and let children have a swat-a-thon.  (Don’t forget to hide your real flyswatter before playing this game. Eww!)


  • New, clean plastic flyswatter
  • Paper or cardboard
  • Markers or crayons
  • Scissors


Cut circles from the paper and write a large letter on each circle with a crayon or marker. Place the circles on the floor. Have a child swat the letters he or she recognizes with the flyswatter and say the name of the letter out loud at the same time. (If more than one child is present, have children take turns with the swatter to prevent hands from being swatted by accident.)

Other Ideas:  This is a fun way to practice both uppercase and lower case letters and letter sounds. For older children, write sight words on the circles and have children swat the words as they read them out loud. Try pasting pictures of real bugs on the circles and having children identify the bugs as they swat them.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker branch



This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.


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