Letter of The Week f

Fire f

letter of the week craft

I know I am only part way through the lowercase alphabet and I am repeating f, but true to what I preach I wanted to make something that was relevant to my little man. He is very into firefighters right now and he has had me read the books below countless times so I thought it more important to focus on his interests than if we’re repeating a letter or not.  Also he is not in the pictures today because he was out with his grandparents for a birthday treat.  We will be making this in the morning .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need red and yellow tissue paper, one piece of orange construction paper, one piece of black construction paper , glue , a marker and scissors.letter of the week craft
  2. Start by writing a lowercase f on the orange paper.letter of the week craft
  3. Cut your tissue paper into rough strips. letter of the week craft
  4. Add glueletter of the week craft
  5. Add your flames ( tissue paper)letter of the week craft
  6. Let dry
  7. Cut outletter of the week craft
  8. Glue to the black paper. letter of the week craft

Books

firefighters A to Z

Firefighters A to Z by Chris L. Demarest is an alphabet book that teaches about fire safety and the danger firefighters face every time the alarm sounds. My son is fascinated with firefighters right now, he loves to dress up as one at preschool and we often take the long way home to swing past the station and see if the engines are in or not.  He loves this book but I don’t think your child needs to have the level of obsession mine does to enjoy it.


The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski is a simple little book about a fire engine that goes to put out fires. Nothing special but every time my son sees it at the library he won’t let it go. In 6 months we’ve taken it out 4 times. I think the bright retro illustrations ( it was originally published in 1946) and the simple text is what makes it so appealing.
Fire Engines by Anne Rockwell is the current favorite at our house. I found it at a thrift store for twenty five cents and I am definitely getting much more than my moneys worth! It’s a cute book with easy text and cute cartoon dalmatians as fire fighters. I particularly love that there is a fire boat in the book since we often see those around here. Cute book for fire engine lovers!

Letter of The Week F !

Fishy F !

Letter of the week was 100% kid choice this week. My son and I were road tripping to and from Vancouver this past week and I asked him what he wanted to make. He was very adamant he wanted to make a Fish F so when we got home my task was to figure out how . We’d just made some cut paper fish so I decided to use my Jar Lid Stamps and go from there.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a 2 contrasting pieces of construction paper, a fish Jar lid stamp ( make your own- instructions) , stamp pad,a marker, scissors and glue.
  2. Start by writing a large F with the marker.
  3. Have your child make waves with the marker. I think this was his favorite part. He’s been drawing waves all day since.
  4. Press your stamp on to the pad.
  5. Press!
  6. When you are done with the fish, cut out.
  7. Add glue to the back of the F
  8. Glue onto the other piece of construction paper and let dry.
Books

“Hooray for Fish” by Lucy Cousins gets are huge “Hooray” from our house. I thought my son would think this book was a little young for him. He’s started saying board books are for babies, and he’s a big boy and even though this isn’t a board book it’s simple, big and bright like one. Nope, he loved it. Little Fish takes the readers on a tour of all the different kinds of fish , the bright fun illustrations are so interesting to look at , and choose your favorite fish on each page. The rhymes are fun and when we finished reading my son immediately asked to read it again!


“Rainbow Fish A, B, C” by Marcus Pfister is hard to write a review about. All it is is the alphabet with Rainbow Fish illustrations. My son enjoyed pointing out the letters but as a book there wasn’t much to it.


“Ten Little Fish “ by Audrey and Bruce Wood was another cute find this week. The book is a rhyming countdown story about 10 little fish and what happens to them one by one. The illustrations look like an animated movie, and the rhymes are well thought out. My one wish is that the numbers were shown as digits not simply words, so that younger children who can recognize the numbers in digit form but not yet by reading the word could more easily follow along. The ending made me giggle, and you’ll have to grab the book to find out why !

Letter of The Week { Flag F }

letter of the week
I thought it appropriate to do something in honor of Memorial Day. This requires some prep but the added bonus of a simple patterning lesson was the best part.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 pieces of construction paper ( 2 whites, red and blue), scissors, glue, a star paper punch and a marker.
  2. Draw a large upper case F on your blue paper.
  3. Layer your red and one sheet of white paper with your f and cut out. You only need to cut 2/3 of the way up on the red and white. Save the rest for scrap. This is just a trick to make sure the strips fit the blue f without any trimming.
  4. Punch some stars out of the white scrap.
  5. Cut the red and white paper into stripes.
  6. Glue the F on the 2nd piece of white paper
  7. Add your glue!
  8. Start adding your stripes, when we did we chanted “Red , white, red , white…” and soon I was able to ask what next and the pattern had stuck . Obviously older children would be able to do this sans the chants!
  9. Add more glue at the top of the f.
  10. Add the stars. Let dry.

Books

“Alphabet Soup: A Feast of Letters” by Scott Gustafson is a treat! I read a lot of alphabet books and this one stands out for so many reasons. Otter is hosting a potluck and his animal friends are all bringing something to share. Each page is devoted to an animal with a coordinating food item and more. This book is reminiscent of Graham Base’s Animalia but mush more toddler friendly. Where Animalia is great for older children because it’s so full of detail, this book brings it down a notch but still enchants you with stunning illustrations and fantastic coordinating text.


“M is for Music” by Kathleen Krull is a wonderful book, however it’s style and illustrations by Stacy Innerst while funky aren’t as literal as I had hoped. This isn’t an issue for older children at all, and I really enjoyed the book but the nuanced illustrations were just too hard for a toddler to make the connections . My son still liked many of the pages especially the G is for guitar one. I would use this book for teaching about music more so than as an alphabet book teaching letters.


“A is for Zebra” by Mark Shulman is a fun and unique alphabet book. Perfect for children who have mastered letter recognition and are up for a fun challenge. The trick is that each letter is represented by the last letter of the coordinating picture . A is for zebra ! You will have fun finding the letter on each page as well as items in the adorable illustrations by Tamara Petrosino.

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!