Button Letter Craft – Alphabet For Starters

letter craft Teaching your children or students about letters means a lot of things. Teaching to recognize and name letters, to know the sound the letters make, and how to make the shape of the letter in it’s upper and lowercase forms. It takes time and finding different dynamic ways to do this can make  learning letters a ton of fun. We made upper case button letters and while we made them we tried to think of all the words we could that started with the same sounds. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters series, the goal for this series is to provide hands-on ways to explore letters while also developing other areas like fine motor development, math skills and more.

Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, a pencil, white glue , and lots of colorful buttons.button letter craft

Start by having your child choose a letter and write it on the paper. If they are still learning how to make the letter write it for them. They will get a chance to work on the formation with the next step.

Now grab the glue and trace the letter with it. I showed her how to do it with my letter A, then she did hers. I did glue tracing letters with my son a few years ago and plan to do the same with my daughter soon since she is showing a desire to write and form the letters. glue tracing button letters

Add the buttons! button letter recognition activity for preschoolShe loved this. I enjoyed watching her take her time picking out which button to add next. button letters color and sizeWe talked about the letter sounds but after that we moved on to the attributes of the buttons themselves. Counting was naturally included as well. button letters counting buttonsDon’t worry about planning topics with this activity beyond the letter sounds but be ready to jump on the topics that naturally arise. I had her estimate how many buttons it would take for her to finish the letter and she was right. She was also very happy about being right! all done button letters

She was so into it she finished mine for me. button letter collage

All done! button letters

55 Dr.Seuss Activities For Kids

Seuss Activities for classIf you are a frequent reader you might know that I am not a huge Seuss fan. It’s not that I don’t like him or his books it’s just that I didn’t grow up reading them and never developed a deep connection. We own a few of his books and enjoy them but I don’t have a huge selection of Dr.Seuss activities to share. Luckily I know a lot of amazing bloggers and when I asked them if they had any links to share I was overwhelmed with a seriously wonderful collection of activities. Here are 55 of the very best Dr.Seuss activities for kids. The book titles are affiliate links to Amazon.com.

Dr. Seuss books and crafts

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

seuss oobleck Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Green Eggs and Ham

Hop on Pop

Horton Hears A Who!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

If I Ran the Zoo

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You

On Beyond Zebra!

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Ten Apples Up On Top!

The Cat in the Hat

The Foot Book

The Lorax

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

The Tooth Book

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

Wacky Wednesday

Yertle the Turtle

 

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Feather Painting – Back To Basics

feather painting for toddlers Yesterday I mentioned that I am doing a new series of posts called Back To Basics and today is the first post in this series. My goal is always to show you how to use simple activities to teach your children or students but with this series I want to make it even more basic. I want to forget about all the complicated “kids crafts” that you know an adult has made and focus on what we all love most about arts & crafts – connecting with our kids. These activities are generally very open although some for older children are more product focused. They are all things you can enjoy simply with the most important little people in your life. I hope you will enjoy these back to basic arts & crafts posts as much as I know we will enjoy creating them.

Today we are sharing something my son and I did way back in 2008 but have never done with my daughter, feather painting. It’s simple, it’s fun and as you will see… it’s messy. All the ingredients for a great time.

Gather your materials. You will need some feathers ( ours were sent to us from our friends at craftprojectideas.com ) , some paint, a tray , paper and painter’s tape to secure the paper to the table. Feather painting for preschool

Start by taping down the paper. I find with feather painting this is the way to do it. Kids can have lots of space to paint and you don’t have to worry about cleaning paint off your table. feather painting 2

Next squirt the paint onto the tray. Like our fancy one? My daughter insisted.

Time to paint. Dip in the feathers and explore. kids crafts

She was tentative at first. feather painting

Soon the feather was more of a spoon than a paint brush, that’s OK. Let your child explore.

She loved making marks with multiple colors.feather painting And the feel of the silky feather wet with paint. feather painitng 7

Soon all marks were only made with her hands. This girl might start using a tool of some sort but we ALWAYS end with finger painting. As she was slamming her hands down she looked up and said ” Blue, orange, green, and purple make black!” and that is why you explore. There is always learning in the exploration. feather painting 9

Books About Color

All of our book lists include affiliate links.

Duckie's Rainbow

Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry is a clever little book , you walk with her as she passes things like a yellow cornfield and blue pond until the pages above create a rainbow . I love the idea but reading it with my son ( who was 2 at the time) all he wanted to do was turn the pages as quickly as he could to make the rainbow. Not a big deal but this would make a better story time book then a bedtime one for that reason.

Dog's Colorful Day

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd was a huge hit at our house. My son loved identifying the colors of all the drips of paint, ice cream and more that Dog gets on him throughout the day. This is a great book not only because it has counting and colors but because of the language it uses while the spots of color are splatting, squashing ans squishing onto his beautiful white fur. My son loved repeating these words with enthusiasm as he noted how poor Dog was getting so messy! It’s a fun book to read and one that I have added to my wish list !

colors for zena

Colors for Zena by Monica Wellington was sent to me by the author and I have been meaning to review it for ages. My daughter loves this book. It’s a simple book and perfect for 2-4 year olds who are discovering color mixing through their own explorations. The book is really all about color mixing and the illustrations are adorable and just what you would expect from Wellington. The story itself is not your average Wellington book with a clear story , instead it’s more of a art lesson. My daughter has been very into color mixing since we read this book for the first time and I like being able to reinforce these lessons at bedtime as well as art time.

Read & Make – Valentine’s Day Books and Crafts

crafts with books to match 14 Valentine’s Day books and crafts! Read & Make lists are ultimate activity cheat sheets. These are all easy to find books ( and they have affiliate links straight to Amazon too ) and the crafts are all easy to make too. Nothing is too costly and many of these crafts work great for groups. Your Valentine’s Day party will be super simple to plan. Like I said all book links will take you to Amazon but I have some deeper reviews of the books in my Books About Love and over on Scholastic’s  Raise A Reader blog too! The crafts are linked to the original tutorial so you can the full how to.

Read and Make valentines day 14Read Consider Love  by Sandra Boynton and then use Paper Hearts to sort, make patterns, and even paint!

Read and Make valentines day heart craftA simple book like Be Mine  by Brenda Ponnay lends itself to an equally simple and beautiful craft like this Heart Sun Catcher.

Read and Make valentines day for childrenRead all about what Valentine’s Day is all about with Valentine’s Day Is by Gail Gibbons and then learn more about your own family with our Conversation Hearts activity.

Read and Make valentines day for kidsEvery fairy needs a wand and a book.  The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton is a perfect match for our Heart Wands.

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Panda bears might not have anything to do with Valentine’s Day but they are the center of  Sweet Hearts  by Jan Carr and if you really must have hearts on your Panda Bear Craft add a sticker or two!

Read and Make valentines day 7You can make a Paper Hug Craft to go with  Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli.

Read and Make valentines day for toddlersBoth of my kids have loved Laura Numeroff books right around age three. That is the perfect age for this Mosaic Heart Craft and for reading Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…) .

Read and Make valentines day craftsOur Love Bomb craft is so awesome that it needed to be paired with an equally awesome book like Awesome Book of Love!, An by Dallas Clayton.

Read and Make vdayThese were made for each other and these Love Bugs are not hard to make at all. Read Love Bugs Mini Edition by David A. Carter before or after you get crafty.

Read and Make valentines day booksDinosaur Valentine by Liza Donnelly is an odd book that both my kids have loved and what could be better than making your own Clothespin Dinosaur after reading?

Read and Make valentineMake a Recycled Heart and pop it on a string after reading  The Invisible String  by Patrice Karst.

Read and Make Valentines 3This Collage Heart craft is easy enough for babies and they will adore Where Is Baby’s Valentine?: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Karen Katz.

Read and Make valentines day 2I can’t resist Love Monster by Rachel Bright and making your own loveable Monster Craft after is a great way to keep the conversation this book will spark going even longer.

Read and Make Valentine's Day 1The book may be called Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond but you can turn your own paper hearts into a Heart Rainbow!

Olympic Crafts & More { Add Your Post }

link & learn no time for flashcards

Are you getting excited for the Olympics? Have you posted Olympic themed activities? I would love to see those linked up today if you have. Of course you can link up anything you want to Link & Learn as long as it is a good fit for our readers and you think that it might be helpful and fun for families or classrooms.

olympic crafts for kids

Here are some of the Olympic Activities & Crafts we have shared and there are even more on our Pinterest board devoted to Winter Holidays and Activities for Kids.