You can download the Metal Mike mask from Sparklebox or if you are creative draw your own.
- Shoe box
- Cello tape
- Metal Mike print out or pens and paper to draw your own.
- Letter flash cards or letters wrote on card. You could even use magnetic letters
To prep the activity I downloaded the Metal Mike picture from the website Sparklebox UK. I would like to keep this for a long time, so I chose to laminate it, however it will work just as well if you cut it out and glue it onto the front of the box. I then proceeded to cut out a small rectangle where his mouth was so that Bee can post her letters through.
To make sure we have access to the letters once they have been posted through his moth, I cut the lid of the box in half and cello-taped it to the back of the box.
|The back of the box|
First of all I told Bee that Metal Mike was really hungry and all that he fancied eating today was letters. Bee laughed and said "OK mummy, I can help him" Picking up the letters that she recognised, she began saying their names and posting them in his mouth. After each letter she would say "Is that yum Metal Mike?" I would reply in a robot voice "Th-a-t was y-u-m!" introducing word segmenting.
Metal Mike and his letters were placed on the shelf in Bee's playroom, for further child initiated play.
- Communication and language-Speaking and listening. Talking like a robot, adjusting the way she talks and segmenting and blending words
- Physical development- Fine manipulative skills when picking up and posting letters. Large manipulative when making robot arms. Coordination and hand eye development.
- Personal, social and emotional- Making relationships, social skills, learning about feelings,fun and enjoyment and taking turns
- Literacy- Linking sounds to letters, learning how to read and letter recognition
- Mathematics- Space, measurement and capacity.
- Understanding of the world- Talking about robots and how they work
- Expressive arts and design- Pretending to be a robot and becoming involved in role play.
- Use the Metal Mike cut out as a mask. Your child could hold it up to their face and blend/segment.
- Introduce a guessing game, for example what is Metal Mike spelling.
- Instead of using letters, you could use colours, numbers and shapes, depending on which one you think your child will enjoy the most.
- To encourage writing skills you could leave paper and pencils next to the robot, to provide an opportunity for your child to either write a letter for him or draw a picture.