Letter of the Week Gg!

Green and Gold
Glittery Gs!

Teaching letters doesn’t have to be all about pointing them out in books, magnets on the fridge or singing the ABCs ( although those are great things to do too! ). Making letters, hanging them up on the fridge or wall and showing your child what they made is a great way to reinforce their learning too!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need two pieces of construction paper, a marker, some green paint ( or colors to make green), glitter, glue and scissors.
  2. Draw a fat G, I had to draw 3 before I got one I even sorta liked.
  3. Mix the paint together! I used blue, green , and yellow glitter paint. Obviously any plain green paint or markers would work just as well. Our goal being teaching about the letter G and the color green all in one shot!
  4. Paint the G
  5. Add the Glitter. You can let the paint dry and spread glue and regular sparkles or use sparkles like these made for card / scrap booking. Just make sure they are non toxic!
  6. Let dry and Cut out the G.
  7. Put glue on the second piece of construction paper and glue on the G !

Letter Of The Week ! Yy !

Yellow Ys !

Y is always a hard letter to do things with, I don’t know about you but I don’t know how to draw a Yak ! This activity reinforces letter and color!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper ( one for the Y and one for the background) and a mix of yellow materials. This si great for getting rid of scrap paper! I am using some foam, yellow tissue paper, crayons and dot paint! You will also need scissors and glue.
  2. Draw a fat Y.
  3. Have your child paint, and or color the Y.
  4. While they are doing that cut and prepare the collage materials. The only real rule is that it has to be yellow!
  5. Spread the glue on the paper.
  6. Add on the collage materials, let dry.
  7. Cut out and glue on the other piece of construction paper!

Books!

Todays selection doesn’t really go with a theme, these are the 2 books we are reading over and over at our house right now!

“Where Are Maisy’s Friends? “ by Lucy Cousins is a cute little lift the flap book, where your child helps Maisy find her friends. Toddlers love this book and it’s an easy book for older siblings to “read’ to younger ones. I say “read” because the pictures are easy to decipher and the flaps add a dynamic element! Also it’s small enough to pop in your diaper bag for long car rides!


” Goodnight Gorilla “ by Peggy Rathmann is my son’s absolute favorite book right now. It is an adorable book about a zoo keeper who’s animals follow him home, and snuggle into bed. My son likes to point out mama, dada and he labels the little gorilla snuggling in bed as the baby! It’s very sweet, and a nice calm book to read before bed or nap. Also see if you can find the tribute to Babar in one of the illustrations!

Zebra Z !!

Zebra Z!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of white paper, some black paint, a black marker,scissors, some black pipe cleaners, something to paint with like a sponge or brush, and a piece of construction paper.
  2. Draw or have your child draw a fat Z
  3. Draw a Zebra head, don’t worry about it being perfect!
  4. Start painting the stripes.
  5. Glue pipe cleaner pieces on as the mane, you could use paper strips or yarn for this too.
  6. Cut the Z out .
  7. Glue everything onto a piece of construction paper!
Additional Alphabet Activities

Playing with letters, seeing letters and print in their environment is a really important part of early literacy. Providing a print rich environment helps to teach your child that words are not just for stories that letters, words and print is used by us in practically everything we do. Point letters out to your child, have scavenger hunts – just have fun and you will be amazed by how naturally they will learn.

One of our favorite things to do is play with bath letters. My son’s favorite game is to squirt these letters off the wall with bath squirters, but of course despite my efforts I couldn’t get that on video! Here is a short clip to show you that the simplest of “games” can be fun and
educational!

Letter Of The Week ! Ff !

Fluffy Feather F !

This is a super fast and easy craft but it actually hides a lot of learning in such an easy activity. Not only are your children learning about the letter F and it’s sounds, we also snuck in a sensory activity with the feathers!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some feathers, construction paper, glue , crayons and some scissors.
  2. Draw a fat F, if your child is able to have them draw it, it’s better to have them do a wonky F than you doing a perfect one, remember it doesn’t have to be perfect but if you let them do it they are learning even more!
  3. Time to decorate the F with crayons- or markers if you want! I would avoid using paint only because you would have to wait for it to dry before step 4.
  4. Pop on the glue!
  5. Add the feathers. If ou are doing this with a toddler watch carefully for this step, the feathers can get stuck on their fingers and frustration can set in FAST, so before they throw a tantrum and end the activity prematurely try to step in and help .
  6. Cut the F out and glue it onto another piece of construction paper for stability.
Song!

( Please excuse the bags under my eyes, my son is
sick- I have not slept in days!)

Five little Frogs

Five little frogs sitting on a well
One peeked in and down he fell
Froggies jumped high
Froggies jumped low
Froggies jumped everywhere to and fro!


Additional Activities


Purse Full of Letters!

Toddlers and Preschoolers love “finding” things , grab an old purse and pop some foam or magnetic letters in it. Sit down and make a BIG deal about it. Saying ” Woooow look at this bag, it’s got some very very cool things inside. Do you want to see what’s inside?” they will be digging this and sit down excited. Remember at this age we want to use enthusiasm when teaching to a degree that you will probably feel silly but it pays off! Ask your child what each letter is, or what they found, what color it is or if they are past this level you can ask them what begins with that letter!

Letter of The Week ! P p !

Pink and Purple Pasta P !

It is always fun trying to find words that start with the letter of the week, Pasta was an obvious choice for my child since it is a staple in his diet and was one of his first words. It always helps to find familiar things to reinforce and of course colors are a perfect add on!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper in P colors, some P color crayons, glue and some pasta!
  2. Draw a Fat P on the paper, if your child is older have them draw it.
  3. Color the P using the P color crayons , there are a many of P colors ( Purple, Pink, Periwinkle) – this is great fine motor practice and I was able to start my morning coffee while my son colored ( the truth comes out! ) .
  4. When they are done coloring if they are older have them put glue on the P, if they are still little dot the P with glue.
  5. Start adding the Pasta.
  6. If they enjoy this add more dots of glue and keep going. My son used to only take things off but he actually added every single piece of pasta on, I was very proud!
  7. Let dry and cut the P out and glue onto the 2nd P colored paper!


Books!

These books get very mixed reviews from parents, some love the messages, some think it’s too little too late with a sassy main character. I urge you to find them at your local library or book store and decide for yourself.

” Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. I was initially told about this book and it’s authors by another mom who’s son loves this book. So don’t think that just because the cover looks rather feminine that your boys won’t love this book too! The little girl eats far too many pink cupcakes and before she knows it she has turned pink! To return to her normal self she needs to eat her vegetables! I like this book, and can see why kids do too. I don’t think that all characters can be perfectly pious meek and mild but I do understand when parents are leary of introducing characters that they see as disobedient to their kids. Go read it and decide for yourself!


“Purplicious” is the sequel to “Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. In this one Pinkalicious is teased and made fun of because she is still wearing her favorite color, even though everyone else is wearing black. She is sad and no one knows what to do, except a new girl at school who shows her how to mix pink with blue to make purple! A lot of the bad reviews I have read about this book center around the bullying and teasing and parents often wrote that their child at 4 or 5 have never seen that kind of teasing, as a former preschool teacher and director I can sadly assure you that if they were in school at all- they have seen it, maybe not as bad as Pinkalicious did but take the rose colored glasses off it’s hard to be 4 ! I think it’s better to let children know that they don’t have to be ashamed of someone is bullying them, to ask for help and to overcome it. This book can be a useful tool for that message.