Letter of the Week ! Q q !

Queen Q!

I debated doing Queen, because it’s so obvious but my son knows what a queen is so I stuck with it. With older children drawing a bunch of question marks or doing a counting activity with quarters are great ways to use the letter in genuine ways. One thing I do not suggest is a Q-tip q, I did that years ago in a PreK class and the results looked like we glued used q-tips on paper, it was so repulsive my director asked me to take them down off the bulletin board!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of construction paper, paint daubers or crayons/markers, glue, sequins or other collage materials that make good jewels, and scissors.
  2. Draw a upper case Q. It took me 3 tries for one I liked.
  3. Have your child paint. color or otherwise decorate the Q. My son refused to paint it until the other side was completely done. Toddlers are such a joy.
  4. While your child is decorating their queen , cut out a simple crown from the 3rd piece of paper.
  5. Have your child embellish the crown with sequins , buttons – anything you have that sparkles.
  6. While your child is making the crown sparkle. Draw a face ( or have your child do it) on the other piece of paper. Make sure it is will show through the inside of the Q.
  7. Have your child color the face if they want. My marker obsessed toddler insisted on coloring but you don’t have to.
  8. While they do that cut out the Q.
  9. Glue the Q on the paper, and the crow on the Q and voila , a Queen Q ! Once it’s dry you can trim the back paper .
Letter Hunt

This activity is great for children who are able to identify letters reliably, younger kids who are still learning the basics of letter recognition may get frustrated. An easy adaptation would be to simply look for any letter with the little guys where as you can be letter specific with older ones.

  • You will need a paper lunch bag, markers, scissors and old magazines, junk mail, or newspapers.
  • Decorate the outside of your lunch bag with the letter you are looking for, both the upper case and lowers case.
  • Start looking through the printed materials and cut out the letters you find. With older children it’s fun to have contests like the person with the most upper case letters, the most letters total and the biggest or smallest letter.

* One thing I love about this activity is that when children are at this stage of letter recognition they start to see the same letter written in different fonts and are still able to identify it as a B for example. It’s great!

Comments

  1. *~*Lis*~* says

    I was hoping you’d do Queen!

    We did the Fluffy Feather F today – didn’t go over that well. Feathers suck all over her and they were all over my kitchen! I have to say I’m glad that ones over :)

  2. Andrea says

    I was briefly glancing some Montessori ideas and saw their letter jar idea. I decided to use a big plastic spinach tub to create my own letter box for our weekly letters. Today we did “L” and found a light, lemon, lime, lion, and lizard to put in. I asked my daughter to help me think of more objects to put in it throughout the week.

  3. Allie says

    Andrea- that’s awesome, I do that but call it a discovery box, usually I find the things for my son since he is still so young!

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  1. […] We played Letter Ball again and I snapped 1 photo and it was this one, I LOVE it!!!! This game is so much fun for tots with tons of energy, I highly recommend it or doing something similar. Doing kinesthetic activities (movement) is a great way for many tots to acquire skills. Our letter project this week was Qq for Queen, inspired from No Time for Flashcards. […]

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