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!

Octopus O – Letter Of The Week Craft

letter crafts

Have fun exploring the letter O for letter of the week and the subject of octopuses with this simple craft.

 

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, some paint , crayons or markers, scissors, glue and some tissue paper, or ribbon for the tentacles.octopus letter recognition craft
  2. Draw a big FAT O, it needs to be fat so when you cut it out it is strong enough .octopus o crfat for preschool
  3. Have your child paint / color the O. Ask them about the letter while they do this or if they are younger you can name it a few times and see if they will mimic you. We are using paint dobbers, they dry fast and are not very messy. octopus o letter of the week
  4. While your child is painting cut our 8-10 ( some may rip) tentacles, we are using tissue paper but ribbon or regular construction paper would do in a pinch.octopus crafts for kids
  5. Cut out the O.
  6. Put 8 dots of glue on the back side of the O.octopus letter o
  7. Glue on the tentacles.octopus O Letter craft
  8. Let dry! octopus letter of the week craft for kids

Zebra Z !!

 

 

This letter of the week craft is really geared for older kids – but as I started making it my toddler was eager to help. He loves letters and Z is a favorite right now.

 

 

 

  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. If I re-did this I’d skip drawing the mane on the zebra head and just have the child add the yarn or pipe cleaners in their own spots. With the man drawn on my son was very focused on matching them up and got frustrated when he wasn’t able to. He was not even two yet and that frustration was all my fault, by not having the mane would have aliviated that. 
  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.

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!