Word Building With Letter Magnets & Word Families

word family activity with letter magnets As children get a firm grasp on letter sounds they will be able to manipulate those sounds to create new ones.  My daughter has been playing with letter sounds for a while ( I think she is desperate to catch up to her big brother) and rhyming is one of her favorite things to do. All of her time rhyming has definitely helped her be able to isolate and substitute sounds and I wondered if she was ready for some word families. She was. I chose the word families that we used in this activity ( all, ap, at, it ) because she can sound them out without help. I wanted her to be able to build the words without me, because you are using masking tape you can easily switch up the word families as your child develops.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some masking tape, some letter magnets ( try to find ones that are fully magnetic instead of having little magnets glued on the back to be safe) , a cookie sheet, and a marker. The older brother overseeing the activity is completely optional. word building word families with magnets supplies

 

Add a few strips of masking tape on your cookie sheet.Write the word families you want to work on with your child. You can do a few or stick to just one. Here is a list of the 37 most common word families. word building with magnets

Take a few moments to have your child sound out the word families for you to make sure that this activity will be challenging but not impossible. When we give children challenges they grow but if we give them impossible tasks we end up discouraging them and sending them the message that learning is too hard for them. word building with magnets

 

Add a bunch of letter magnets ( I had 3 packs available) and help your child do the first modeling sounding out the word family and then adding the first sound and sounding out the word again.  Then let them at it.word building with word families

She started adding the magnets then sounding them out with her brother overseeing under strict instructions “To let her do it herself.” Sometimes she’d add one that didn’t make sense, he’d shake his head ,  and she’d just remove it and try with another letter. After a few letters he declared he wasn’t needed and left. I left words that she sounded out but might not know the definition of like pall. Even though should couldn’t tell me what a pall was she was sounding out the words correctly so I decided to leave it be. When kids are a little older I would ask is that a real word? Then ask them to look it up to find out.word building with letter magnets

I am so happy I caught this picture. After she made a word it was so amazing to her she turned to me saying ” Mama I did it again!” as if the other times were just flukes. I LOVE moments like this when kids take ownership of their abilities. She KNEW she could do it at that moment and continued to build the rest of the words.word building learning is fun

We will do this again soon with a few of these word families and mix in one or two new ones. Remember kids love repetition, it feels good to know what to expect and it gives them a chance to master something.word building with magnets and cookie sheets

 

50 Halloween Craft Ideas For Preschool

halloween crafts and activities Halloween in my favorite holiday to create crafts and activities for. There are so many different themes like spiders, bats, ghosts, pumpkins, mummys and my favorite Frankenstein! I know you will be able to find great Halloween craft ideas and activities from this list. Don’t forget to read some great Halloween books after craft time. If you need some suggestions check out our favorite Halloween books here.

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Easy Mummy Craft 
Contact Paper Ghosts

Halloween Math - Count and Fill
Count & Fill Frankensteins
Halloween Graphing

pumpkin craft
Feel & Learn Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match

haunted house math activity for kids

 

Haunted House Math 
Halloween Patterns 

shape bat craft for preschool

Easy Bat Craft 

Simple Halloween Sensory Tub

easy halloween craft

Pin & Pound Pumpkins
Easy Peasy Jack-O-Lantern Stencils

muck monsters

Monster Muck Sensory Play 
Ghost Sugar Cookies

halloween game for kids

Ghost Bottle Bowling
Glittered Pumpkins For Toddlers

candy corn counting math activity for halloween

Candy Corn Counting 
Cookie Cutter Ghosts

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Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Pumpkin Playdough

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Monster Math 
Flyswatter Monster Paintings

halloween crafts for toddlers

Texture Collage Ghost
Pumpkin P

Marshmallow Skull Craft

Marshmallow Skull
Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern

eyeball painting halloween craft for kids

Eyeball Painting
Black Bean and Orange Lentil Wreath

easy halloween cookies

Easy Spider Cookies 
Candy Corn Sort & Glue Craft 

pumpkin dry erase

Dry Erase Jack-o-Lantern
Pumpkin Prints

Frankenstein Craft

Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Pumpkin Playdough

Halloween Sensory Tub
Halloween Sensory Tub
Marshmallow Counting and Ghost Craft

puffy paint ghost

Puffy Paint Ghost
Googley Eye Monster Math 

bat craft for kids

Hand Print Bat Craft 
Banana Ghost Treats

Monster craft
Messy Monster Craft
Recycled Halloween Wind Socks 

ghost potato prints

Potato Print Ghost Garland
DIY Monster Blocks &  Memory Game 

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Magnetic Haunted House 
Witch’s Hat Treat 

gross motor activity for kids

Spider Web Walking 
Minion Halloween Dress Up 

halloween estimation jars for kids

Spooky Estimation Jars
Frankenstein Magnet 

 

Recycled Robot Craft inspired by The Ricky Ricotta Books by Dav Pilkey

robot craft for kids I love books.  More than my love of books is my love of getting KIDS to love books, especially my own kid. Before I share how we made this super rad robot inspired by Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta Mighty Robot series of books, I need to tell you that this post was sponsored by Scholastic.  I am so glad that the publisher sent me these books because my son loved them. LOVED. So much that we decided to make a shiny recycled robot craft that reminded us of the shiny full color pages of these awesome books. The whole book is beautiful and I really think those silky full color pages made reading the book even more enjoyable for my son.

Gather your materials. You will need some recycled materials. I save anything that looks interesting so I had some ribbon spools, plastic lids, card board, crusher lids, etc… you will also need metallic paint, a hot glue gun, and something to protect the surfaces you are working on.

ricky ricotta mighty robot supplies

Start by spray painting some of the recycled materials. When you read the books you will see that the Robot is really shiny so my son and I decided we needed to get really shiny silver paint. You might want gloves for this too. My nails are still silver.ricky ricotta silver robot

When dry gather all your pieces and plug in the hot glue gun ( ours is a low temp one) robotricky ricottaand let your robot builder go nuts!robot craft

He has inherited my love ( need?) of symmetry. At one point he was asking me where I think he should put something and when I suggested something asymmetrical he responded with ” Um I don’t think so, that would wreck the symmetry! ” OK then.

I think the robot turned out to be pretty awesome, well worth the days and days of silver spray painted hands ( seriously use gloves!)

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About The Books!

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Ricky Ricotta Series by Dav Pilkey illustrated by Dan Santat

These early chapter books are about a little mouse Ricky who is not the most popular mouse. He gets picked on at school until he ends up saving Robot’s life and the two of them become best friends! You’d think that with a giant robot as a best buddy a little mouse might let it go to his head. Ricky is a good mouse through and through and as the series continues he and Robot continue to save Squeakyville from all sorts of evil.

When my son and I snuggled up in bed to read the first book I did most of the reading. The books themselves are below my son’s reading level ( The series is listed as DRA 20 )  but reading levels are not the only things parents need to consider. Do you always read at your maximum reading ability? I can guarantee that I do not. Reading for pleasure isn’t always challenging. We flew through the first book and he begged me to read the next. I read it then left him the other two books and told him he could stay up as long as he was reading. Less than half an hour later he came downstairs to ask me if we had the 5th book! He’d read the other two books immediately. My son is a great reader but he doesn’t LOVE reading fiction, so his desire to read more more more was huge. I was THRILLED.dav pilkey bo

When I asked him what he loved about these books he said the illustrations by Dan Santat were amazing, the cool features like comics and flip book in the middle , and how quick they were for him to read. Patience is not something most 7 year old boys have in spades so I get that. The illustrations really are awesome but I want to let you know that the whole book is full color. The book is really beautiful , seriously every page feels special. I have already been telling friends in real life about how these are great early chapter books for reluctant ( and not reluctant) readers and I am thrilled to share it here too.

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As stated above this post was sponsored by Scholastic.

 

 

Are You Ready for Halloween Crafts ? I am! { Link up! }

 

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I am ready for orange and black paper, ghosts and monsters, pumpkin crafts, and spider webs! I am so ready for Halloween and not just to sneak my children’s candy while trying to convince myself that I am saving their teeth by eating it.

I LOVE Halloween. It’s obvious because we have a ton of Halloween crafts, Halloween math activities, and Halloween book reviews. I just can’t get enough so I want to see yours so I can fill up my Halloween For Families board on Pinterest!

If you are new here our rules are pretty simple. Link up and check out some of the other links when you have time to read and be inspired. You will be inspired because the links on Link & Learn are always rad.

If you need more inspiration check me out on Pinterest and on Facebook!



37 Things To Make With Contact Paper

contact paper activities I love contact paper. I love how useful it is for toddler art projects, how I can use it to laminate items, create dry erase projects, and make fun murals with kids of all ages. I recently went back to work in the classroom and my students love contact paper too. It’s a fun sensory experience all on it’s own. Here are 37 crafts, activities, invitations to create, and things you can make with contact paper.

Sticky Walls, Windows, Tables, and Easels.

fall pom pom tree for kids

Fall Pom Pom Tree
Sticky Table Art
Create A Face Sticky Face
Ocean Shapes Mural
Snow Window

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Sticky Window Flower Garden
Fall Leaf Color Matching Sticky Mural
Christmas Tree Sticky Wall

button mural finishing the whole things
Button Numbers – Math Mural
Alphabet Flower Garden
Fall Leaf Letter Match
Ornament Color Match

quick activity for pompoms
Pom Pom Sticky Window
Valentine Heart Rainbow Wall

Crafts

bug crafts for toddlers

Ribbon Butterfly Craft
Letter Monsters
Shooting Star Craft
Love Bomb
Toddler Turkey Craft

Fish Craft for Kids
Sticky Fish Craft
Brown Grocery Bag Town Play Mat 

nativity suncatcher craft for christmas
Shape Nativity Craft
Contact Paper Ghosts
Heart Suncatcher
Easter Egg Suncatchers
Snow Globe Snowman

spring flower sun catcher craft for kids
Sequin Flower Suncatchers

Contact Paper Place Mat Crafts

Fall Placemat crafts for kids

 

Fall Leaf Place Mat 
Flower Petal Place Mats

tea party play and place mat craft
Tea Party Place Mats
Penguin Place Mat
Fourth of July Place Mat

Wipe Off Activities Made With Contact Paper

pumpkin dry erase

Design Your Own Jack-O-Lantern
Letter Tracing Write & Wipe Mats
Thanksgiving Doodle Mats

hot chocolate math
Hot Chocolate Math Tray
Dress Up Your Minion