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!

          ABCs and 123s

          Polka Dot Discovery
          I have done this activity for years and never once called the eggs Easter eggs, they were polka dots with surprises inside. Obviously if you celebrate Easter there is no reason to call them anything else but if you don’t celebrate Easter you can still jump on the polka dot bandwagon and use them to have fun learning.
          1. Gather your materials. You will need some plastic eggs that open with room to hide things inside, you can also use small gift boxes. Some paper, a marker, some scissors and basket or bag.
          2. The great thing about this activity is that it’s versatile. If you are learning about shapes you can pop shapes in the eggs, if you are doing letters you stuff them with letters etc… So this next step is where you decide what to stuff them with and using a marker and paper make the surprises.
          3. Stuff the eggs and either hide them for a hunt, or place them in a basket for your child to choose from.
          4. When you child finds the egg make sure to ask them what color the outside is, and encourage them to open it up and find what’s inside.
          5. If your child is a young toddlers you can simply put fun toys in and they will be kept busy finding them. Just opening the eggs are great fine motor skills practice!
          6. One last note if you have an older sibling who is working on sight words at grade school you can pop those in some eggs for them too!

          Egg Carton Number Match!

          This is NOT an activity for toddlers, the pieces are small and a choking hazard
          1. Gather your materials. You will need the bottom of an egg carton, some mini cupcake liners, some paper, a marker and a paper punch.
          2. Write the numbers 1-12 on the inside of the liners, you don’t NEED the liners but it’s much easier than writing it on the egg carton directly. If your child is able have them write the numbers.
          3. Place the liners in the egg carton.
          4. Punch our your desired shapes with a paper punch. If you don’t have one handy you can cut out small shapes.
          5. Count as you fill the cup cake liners.
          Activity ideas

          Now that you have made your tools here are some fun things you can do with it, depending on your child’s abilities.

          1. With the cups filled , pull one liner out and count the pieces inside , ask your child if the number at the bottom is the same as they counted.

          2. Empty out all the pieces and ask /help your child to fill them up, do this out of order for an extra challenge.

          3. Take the liners and pieces out and ask/help your child put them back in the right order.