My Mum, aka Nanny, is a very clever crafter and loves making quilts. We have so many fabulous quilts in our house, and they are all gorgoeus and so handy for various situations. Her most recent one has to be one of my favourites though. Because this one is a fab quilt for Monkey that as well as being a gorgeous quilt, it also doubles as a fun game! A game that will also help Monkey start to learn his letters.
Nanny has made this gorgeous letter learning blanket with pictures to accompany each letter.
She has also made a set of matching bean bags with each letter on.
Monkey adores this blanket and loves playing the letter game. He regularly brings the blanket or a bag of bean bag letters out to me as a clear sign he wants to play the letter game.
He’s actually pretty good at it too, of course he doesn’t always get every letter right (hardly surprising at only 2 1/2) but he does really well. You could easily make a smaller paper version of this game and I actually think it is a great way to just have fun with letters and help with the recognition of shapes with the sound.
So how does it work?
Well, we lay the blanket out on the floor and tip all of the beanbags out on the sofa.
I then give him the letter beanbags one by one, sounding out the letter and at the moment I also say the word related to the picture on the blanket. I heard somewhere that it helps if you sound letters out as with the phonetic alpabet as it helps when they go to school and are learning to read, so we do that (or as near to it as I can remember!)
For example I give him the D beanbag and say “can you find Duh for Dog” and he runs off to the blanket usually repeating “duh for dog” finds the picture and the letter and then puts the beanbag down. He is very good at putting the beanbag letter on top of the letter on the blanket (rather than just in the square) and more often than not, the right way round. So I am quite impressed with him.
He is a lucky Monkey having such a talented Nanny and he loves this game! Plus hopefully it is helping him to learn his letters, he is such a sponge and really loves to learn so it is great for him.
Wow, your mum is very talented, the blanket is beautiful. And with the matching beanbags it makes a fantastic game.
Lovely ordinary moment. xxx
Thanks lovely, she really did an amazing job with it! xx
That sounds like such a great idea – I love the mini beanbags 🙂
Lizzie’s Daily Blog
It is such a fab idea and Monkey loves it! xx
That is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen! What an incredibly talented Nanny little Monkey has! And what a wonderful way to use and play with it!
She really did a great job and Monkey absolutely loves it which is brilliant 🙂 xx
How beautiful, what a gorgeous quilt, and very talented. Seeing this makes me want to try and make one too but I know it would be like those ‘nailed it’ pics you see of abysmal failures of people copying pinterest. Still might try it though xxx great idea
It is gorgeous, she did such a good job though it did take her a while I think! I would never be able to do it but it is fab so good luck with it!
Oh Wow! How amazing, what a clever Mum you have- this is just beautiful and so nicely crafted. I love the bean bags to go with it. My girls would love something like this- what a very lucky Monkey. x
Thans Katie, it is so lovely and Monkey loves it, lucky boy! 🙂 xx
Your mom is so clever. What a stunning quilt and the matching bean bags are a super addition to reinforce letter recognition. I want one! #ordinarymoments
Ah I love this idea! I make quilts but this is something else! Fab x
What an amazing nanny! That is such a fantastic idea and it looks so beautiful.
What an absolutely gorgeous blanket. Monkey’s nanny is very talented indeed. #mummymonday
Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx
That is so beautiful – what a clever Nanny
That’s such an amazing quilt! I love making quilts but I don’t ever find time, so I think I’ll pass on this idea to my semi-retired mother-in-law 🙂
It is definitely a time consuming hobby and I know I wouldn;t have the patience for it, she did such a good job though! xx
Oh my that is wonderful. Nanny could go into business on these! Popping by from Creative Monday
What a fab idea! Nanny could definitely make some money on these bad boys. What a great learning tool that’s fun at the same time! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x #mummymonday
It really is great, i love things like this that teach them while they are having fun. She is a very clever Nanny! xx
Wow what a clever Nanny! Beautiful quilt and love the beanbags.
Gosh, your mum’s brilliantly talented and what a lovely way to support learning too x
This is a brilliant idea, my son is almost two and I am looking at ways to encourage his learning of the alphabet so might have a go at making him some beanbags too x
it is fab and he loves it! 🙂 xx
That’s a beautiful quilt, and what a fabulous game! My little girl’s favourite books at the moment and first word/letter/number books, she loves pointing them out and is so pleased with herself when she gets them right! It’s great to get them interested in such a fun way 🙂 #letkidsbekids
aww bless her, it is so lovely seeing thme learn isn’t it? especially just by having fun! xx
Aww this is a great idea, looks so much fun too 🙂
Thanks for linking up #CreativeMondays
Thanks again for linking up 🙂 featuring your post this week at the hop…
O wow, this is so beautiful! My little man was given an animal quilt which is lovely, but an alphabet quilt is a fabulous idea! So clever. #magicmoments
Goodness this is so awesome! What a gift! Love it! #ordinarymoments
What a lovely blanket and wonderful idea for a letter game. It sounds like he’s enjoys it and is learning a lot too.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids
thanks Karen it is fab and so great to see how much he loves it! xx
awww i am loving this! so beautifully made but also lots of learning fun too .. bonus!
thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments
thanks Jaime and thanks for hosting 🙂 xx
Pingback: Monkey's Mini Milestones at 29 months | Becoming a Stay at Home Mum