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Play Activity: Letters & Shapes

Look for shapes and alphabet letters as you explore San Diego. This fun memory-making activity can be done anywhere and is easily adaptable for different age groups.  

What letters and shapes do you see at the San Diego Maritime Museum?

Younger players will enjoy looking for simple shapes. Older players will be challenged to find objects that form the same shapes as alphabet letters. Try to find all the letters from A-Z. Take pictures to spell out family names or words as customized souvenirs to print out and display at home.

This activity can be done anywhere. We’re partial to downtown San Diego for inspiration. Balboa Park, with it’s architectural features, is also an excellent location. Warning: Once you begin looking, it may be hard to stop seeing letters and shapes everywhere!

For more inspiration, check out the Caldecott Honor picture book Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson.

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