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 PurplePasta 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 its authors by another mom whose 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 leery 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.

 

C is for Cookie

Letter C Cookies !

What better way to introduce the letter c than with cookies?!

1.Gather your materials. You will need some cookie dough, some wax paper for your child’s work surface, an oven preset to your recipes specifications, and a cookie sheet. I am using packaged dough even though normally I prefer healthier home made dough, the reason being that the eggs in packaged cookies are usually pasteurized making the risk of salmonella and other food borne nasties lower. It’s still not healthy for them to be eating the dough, but I am personally more comfortable with them handling it than home made stuff with raw eggs. Please check your package to check if it’s safe.

    2.Have your child make the letter C c with the dough, or if like my son they are only interested in eating it, take it away and do it for them. Like I said please use caution with raw dough even if it’s pasteurized. I have done with with preschoolers and we had fun using sugar cookie dough and decorating them after!

      3.Arrange your C cookies on the baking sheet and pop them in the oven. Make sure the C is really skinny looking , or else you will end up with a blob.

        4. Let cool and if desired decorate them, if my son was older we would definitely be adding some sprinkles and maybe icing too!

          5. Enjoy your letter C cookie!

          Books!

          ” If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff is a contemporary classic, and if you have ever read it to a group of children you will know why. The story builds as one thing leads to the next when you give into the whims of a silly little mouse! This is a great book to recall and recount with your child, after reading have them retell you what happened by asking ” What happened next?” this is a really easy and important tool in early literacy!

          Mmm Cookies” by Robert Munsch is a loud and silly book, that preschoolers love! The main character loves to play jokes but eventually the joke is on him.

          Letter Of The Week ! Ss !

          The letter S is pretty distinctive and often one of the first letters many children I have taught can identify, this is a fun easy craft using the letter S.

          1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some paint, scissors, some black and white paper or foam, glue, and a red pipe cleaner.
          2. Draw a thick S on a piece of construction paper.
          3. Mix some paint colors together, you don’t need to do this step but I have been noticing since doing this my son has been naming colors more accurately. I ask him ” Which color should we use?” while holding 2 or 3 for him to choose from. It could be a coincidence but it takes an extra 30 seconds so I think it’s well worth the time!
          4. Paint your S, you aren’t going to cut it out until it’s all dry and this makes it less frustrating for little ones who are less able to stay within the S.
          5. While your child is painting cut out 2 black circles of paper or foam sheets, and then small white diamonds and glue together. Of course you can use googley eyes if you want to skip this step.
          6. Let the snake dry.
          7. Glue the eyes on.
          8. Add a tongue, I am using a pipe cleaner but red paper glued on would work great too.
          9. Glue the S onto another full piece of paper for strength, without it the S will be ripped in no time.
          Books!

          ” Hide and Snake” by Keith Baker is a fantastic book for a wide range of ages. The story follows a snake that hides in multi colored places. It is not too easy to find the snake , but easy enough that this won’t frustrate your child. With older children this book can open a dialog about camouflage and how snakes use it for protection and hunting. Younger children love books likes these because they can stay “busy” while you read the fun rhyming text.


          ” The Greedy Python” by Eric Carle is a fun fable about a snake that is so greedy and keeps eating and eating that eventually he eats everything, even himself! Kids love this silly story!


          Additional Activities

          Magnetic writing boards

          I love this toy, so does my son. You can use it in so many ways and for those of you afraid of unleashing your children with crayons and markers this makes no mess. My son loves to have my husband or me write a letter of the alphabet then he scribbles over it until there is no more space on the screen.

          An activity I enjoyed doing with a student who loved this was to play restaurant, she was the waitress and would take my order. I would order letters, shapes, and numbers and she would write them down on the board. Older children enjoy playing hang man on this toy too!

          Letter Of The Week! Bb!

          Buzzzzzzy Bee!


          As your child shows interest in letters it’s a great time to find activities that help foster that interest, and as you may expect my suggestions do not include flash cards!
          1. Gather your materials. You will need some white or yellow construction paper, some black paper, a pipe cleaner, some yellow paint , scissors and glue.
          2. Draw a large B on your yellow or white construction paper. Cut the outline out but do not cut the insides of the B out, unless you are doing this with an older child, it makes the B very fragile and will probably end up ripped.
          3. Have your child paint the B, I am using glitter paint because it’s my favorite but you can use whatever you like, or skip this step all together.
          4. While your child is painting using the black paper cut out some wings and stripes.
          5. Have your child glue the stripes on the B.
          6. Glue the wings on the underside of the B.
          7. Thread the pipe cleaner half way through the B, I made sure I did this at a spot where there was a black stripe to give it extra strength, bend the pipe cleaner into antennae.
          8. Let dry and cut out the insides of the B. If you want you can also glue the B onto a full size piece of construction paper for added stability.

          Additional Activities


          Discovery Boxes

          A great way to introduce a letter of the week to your child is to fill a box with items starting with that letter. This morning after breakfast my son and I sat down and pulled lots of fun things out of our box. A Ball, Blocks, Books and Big Beads were all in there! The best part about this activity is that you use things around your house, and you can use it for letters, colors and shapes!

          Letter of the week “Stories”

          This is a fun activity for older preschoolers, I had fun doing this with my PreK class a few years ago! What you do is write a short story leaving blanks for your child to fill in with words starting with the letter of the week. The results will make both of you giggle, and your child will be learning too!

          Here is an example :


          Mr. _________ was a funny old man, he lived in a _________ house with a pet _______ ! When he went to the grocery store he bought lots of _________ , I think that was all he ever ate! He wore silly things too, he would wear ________ on his feet and _______ on his head!

          Remember to keep it short so that your child stays interested, you want them to be challenged , not frustrated!