Letter Of The Week !

Boat b !

Letter of the Week B

When I presented my son with 4 different b themes to choose from his choice was clear, “Boat bbbb boat, boat let’s make a boat!” so we did. I have been enjoying watching him trace the letters now instead of scribbling on them randomly like he used to. It’s clear his ability to write is naturally emerging and I am tickled to see it come out like this.  What new development have you seen your child do recently? Leave a comment and share!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 full sheets of construction paper, and one smaller blue piece for waves, glue, scissors and markers. The letter stickers are optional .Letter of the Week B
  2. Start by writing a large lowercase b on one sheet of construction paper.Letter of the Week B
  3. Have your child decorate it as they see fit. Mine like I said is big into tracing, which is very interesting since I have never once done a letter tracing work sheet with him.Letter of the Week B
  4. While they do that draw 2 sails and a boat on another sheet, as well as some waves on the smaller blue piece. Letter of the Week B
  5. Have them color the sail and boat with markers when they are done with the b.Letter of the Week B
  6. My son insisted on cutting out the waves himself. So I grabbed his scissors too. I cut out the boat and sails while he was doing this.Letter of the Week B
  7. Glue the waves on the remaining full sheet of paper.Letter of the Week B
  8. Glue the b on and add the glue for the boat and sails.Letter of the Week B
  9. Add the sails.Letter of the Week B
  10. Add the boat.Letter of the Week B
  11. Give the boat a name- using the letter stickers and let dry. Letter of the Week B

Books

Sail Away

Sail Away by Donald Crews was a huge hit. I can’t say I am surprised at all my son loves this author and it’s easy to understand why. The text is simple, as is the premise of the book. Readers don’t get deeply invested in the characters, they are faceless people on a sail boat, instead the focus is on the boat istself. Where it goes, how the weather affects it and how it gets beck to where it started from. I have always enjoyed the use of light in Donald Crews books, you don’t have to explain to your child that a storm is coming or that time has passed because the light in the illustrations does the explaining for you. Great boat book!

Toy Boat

Toy Boat by Randall de Seve is a story that will pull at your heart as well as make you cheer, well it made my 3 year old cheer anyway! A little boy makes his very own toy boat and plays with it, in the tub and even sleeps with it. One day when he is at the beach it floats off into the open ocean. It’s turbulent, scary and well anxious to see this tiny boat made of household things fight the waves. My son was visibly shaken by it’s unintentional freedom. With a little help from a friendly fishing boat the toy boat returns home and both boat and boy rejoice. This is a common theme for boat books-  but the illustrations by Loren Long really help this one stand out above the others. My son cheered every time we read the part when they are reunited!

More Boat Crafts & Books

Recycled Boat Craft

Laundry Basket Boat and Pretend Play

Shape Boat Craft

Comments

  1. says

    My Max is now 2 and is finally starting to have the patients it takes to sit down and color or glue. My youngest son is only 10 months, but can finger paint like a champ! I agree, it is so wonderful to watch new skills develop.

  2. says

    My daughter has recently gotten VERY good at cutting out shapes with her scissors. She is still struggling with curves, but can cut straight lines in all angles! I’m so impressed, especially since I haven’t work on it with her at all!
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