This year, we are doing alphabet eggs. This is not a new idea as I have seen it many places, but I love that it gives us a way to work on phonics in a physical way, and that there are so many ways we can use these same eggs.
First, I just wrote upper and lower case letters on each side of a plastic egg with a permanent marker. I separate the halves of the eggs, and M works on matching the upper and lower case letters and putting the eggs back together. I also made a game by putting a group of eggs into the basket, and then ask M to find me the egg with a specific letter on it. She loves this mini egg hunt.
She also works on lining them up in alphabetical order (I did these - this is still VERY hard for her to do without lots of help.)
Next, I filled each egg with a phonetic object. So when she opens an egg, we discuss what letter was on the egg, the sound it makes, and reinforce it with a concrete object. I also select a small group of eggs, remove the objects and have her match them back to the correct eggs.
M loves doing these, and I love that we are working on phonics in a fun way!
For more language activities, see the Mondays Montessori Moment link-up at Mommy Moment.