Are your students learning the alphabet? Help them learn what vowels are!
How can you teach vowels in a fun way that isn’t just making nonsensical sounds? Our Vowel Hop mat is the solution for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students! This tool teaches these letters of the alphabet in a way that engages visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners alike.
This floor mat lists the five vowels and a corresponding noun for each. Additionally, each noun is illustrated with a bright, colorful image. Students will see each letter and immediately be able to practice reading a vocabulary word that uses the vowel. The lively pictures will capture any visual learner’s interest.
Furthermore, add in speaking and reading-aloud exercises for auditory stimulation as students hop on the mat. You can even practice long and short vowel sounds using this mat as a guide!
Learning the alphabet is often done with only visual and auditory lessons. Kinesthetic activities, such as stepping and jumping, will boost students’ retention and comprehension. Watch your class’s letter recognition soar as a result of using kinesthetic activities during reading time!
Be sure to check out our activity database for lesson plan ideas and more alphabet activities. With this durable floor mat, all of your classes will know what vowels are for school years to come!
Materials: Our floor mats are made from heavy-duty vinyl. They are easy to clean, durable, and long-lasting. Some teachers have used their mats for over 10 years!
Dimensions: 20 x 58 inches
Includes: Vowels and corresponding illustration: a (apple), e (egg), i (igloo), o (octopus), u (umbrella)
Check out our material FAQ page for more information and instructions on caring for your floor mat.
Sample Activity: Vowel Hopping
- Have a student begin on “Start Here”.
- Have the student jump on each letter and say the letter, the vocabulary word, and the letter’s sound. For example, on the letter a students will say “a, apple, ahhh”.
- Repeat this with each letter. Then have other students take turns hopping on the mat.
- Finally, challenge students by asking them to name another word that uses the short vowel sound of letters on the mat. Then, challenge them to name another word that uses the long vowel sound of each letter. (This is optional – only do it if your class is ready!)