This month the Poppins Book Nook hosted by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom is featuring books about dinosaurs. We chose an oldie but goodie- Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff. I remember this beginning reader from my childhood so it was fun to reread it with my little boy.
In the story, Danny goes to the museum to see the dinosaurs and ends up getting to enjoy the day outside with one that comes to life. Together, they visit the zoo, walk through the town, play hide-and-seek and more.
Since my 2 year-old has really been into playing hide-and-seek lately, he especially enjoyed that part of the story. After reading, he just had to play some more! So, I came up with some super easy ways to practice our alphabet while playing hide-and-seek.
Hide-and-Seek Version 1: Say Your ABCs Hide-n-Seek
Instead of the “finder” counting, have them recite their ABCs instead! When they reach “Z”, they are reading to find the “hider”!
Hide-and-Seek Version 2: Hide the Letters
For this version, we hid some alphabet letters cut from colored foam. We chose 3-4 letters that we’ve been practicing recognizing. One person hides the letters in the designated hiding area and then the “seeker” locates each one naming the letter when it’s found.
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Love your hide and seek activities 🙂 Very creative!
Thanks so much Jill!
Erica @What Do We Do All Day? says
Jodie, you always have such great ideas to go along with reading. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf, I hope you join us again when we return in September.
Thank you Erica, I look forward to participating in the fall again!
If you’d like to learn more about Danny & the Dinosaur and author Syd Hoff visit http://www.SydHoff.org. I created the site to honor the legacy of my late uncle… Enjoy!
Carol, what a great resource and tribute to your very talented uncle! Thank you so much for sharing the site with our readers.
Fun ideas to change up hide and seek a bit!
Thank you Ashley. We’ve been having lots of fun with the variations.
Amy @ Molly Learns says
My two-year old is really into to hide and seek right now too! I’ll have to try out your ideas. Thanks!
Erin - The Usual Mayhem says
The idea of ABC for Hide and Seek is great! I’m going to try it out with my littlest daycare friends tomorrow!
Erin, I’d love to hear how it goes!
Andrea @ No Doubt Learning says
I LOVE the Hide and Seek ideas! We’re going to have to start “counting” with our ABCs when we play from now on.