Tap into the power of play using this portable puzzle! | Source: Creative Beginning

Whether you are getting kids’ school ready or gearing up for back-to-school prep, you should consider adding the Chalkboard Alphabet Puzzle from Creative Beginning to your learning repertoire.

The neutral tone palette puzzle from this woman-owned business lets kids identify and write letters from the English alphabet. The puzzle aims to be a visual and tactile tool to help children of all abilities learn early literacy skills. Between the puzzle pieces, the cutouts, and the chalk tracing, this set is a trifecta of teaching for parents and caregivers alike.

There are 26 puzzle pieces in the shape of the 26 letters of the alphabet, with 26 corresponding spaces for kids to use fingers or chalk to trace the shapes of the letters. Added to the learning potential is that the vowels are easily identified in white, making learning vowels visually appealing, too.

Measuring approximately 16 by 12 inches, this portable puzzle lets kids start to hone fine motor skills as well as sequencing and patterning skills. While kids can learn to write out the letters and identify them by sight, they are working on pencil grip and expanding upon learning while playing.

The Rule of Three for learning establishes the requirement that students be allowed to learn something at least three times before they are expected to know it and apply it. Using the puzzle, kids can look at the puzzle piece, put the letter in the space, trace the cut-out using their fingers and follow up with a piece of chalk to trace the letters.

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Beyond the expected uses, there are even more ways to tap into the power of this puzzle. For example, caregivers can write the lowercase letter on paper and ask the child to identify the corresponding upper case letter using the puzzle. Parents can ask children to use the letters in their names and place the piece on the puzzle board. Alternatively, grownups can say a word and see if the child can sound it out and place the pieces to spell the word.

As a result, there are many ways to use the puzzle, and it allows for learning longevity. Tap into the power of play using this puzzle!

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Charlene DeLoach

Charlene DeLoach

Charlene DeLoach is a contributing editor at The Toy Insider where she primarily covers parenting topics. Charlene has been featured in print and on television more than 100 times. Before joining The Toy Insider, Charlene was an attorney, real estate broker, and interior decorator. In her current life, she has vowed to get grownups using toys as decor and to teach parents and toy companies to think outside the toy box at her websites playroomchronicles.com and totaltoycreative.com. Follow Charlene on Instagram where you'll see that her account is mostly dedicated to pics of her cute dogs, kids, and fun finds.