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 .
- 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.
- Start by writing a lowercase f on the orange paper.
- Cut your tissue paper into rough strips.
- Add glue
- Add your flames ( tissue paper)
- Let dry
- Cut out
- Glue to the black paper.
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!
- 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.
- Start by writing a large F with the marker.
- Have your child make waves with the marker. I think this was his favorite part. He’s been drawing waves all day since.
- Press your stamp on to the pad.
- When you are done with the fish, cut out.
- Add glue to the back of the F
- Glue onto the other piece of construction paper and let dry.
“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 !
- 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.
- Draw a large upper case F on your blue paper.
- 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.
- Punch some stars out of the white scrap.
- Cut the red and white paper into stripes.
- Glue the F on the 2nd piece of white paper
- Add your glue!
- 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!
- Add more glue at the top of the f.
- Add the stars. Let dry.
“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.
- Gather your materials. You will need some feathers, construction paper, glue , crayons and some scissors.
- 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!
- 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.
- Pop on the glue!
- 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 .
- Cut the F out and glue it onto another piece of construction paper for stability.
( 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!
Purse Full of Letters!