Letter of The Week V!

Vase V !


I was trying to decide what to do for the letter v and my brainstorming produced 2 things, vulture and vase. There wasn’t really a competition, my son is familiar with vases and I wasn’t sure how to make a vulture in the shape of a V anyway. I think I made the right choice!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 4 pieces of construction paper ( the green piece can be a small scrap), some markers or paint, scissors and glue.
  2. Start by drawing a large uppercase V, ours filled about 2/3 of the page.
  3. Hand the V to your child to decorate with paint or markers.
  4. While they paint, draw some flowers. If your child is able to have them draw the flowers.
  5. Paint the flowers.
  6. While they are putting their own mark on the flowers, cut out some stems from the green paper.
  7. Cut out the V when it’s dry.
  8. Cut out the flowers. I asked my son how many and to pick which flowers he wanted.
  9. Glue the V on with the stems underneath.
  10. Glue the flowers on and let dry.


Books

“The Reluctant Flower Girl” by Lynne Barash is a sweet story about two sisters. One is getting married and the other is trying her hardest to stop the wedding. April doesn’t want her older sister to move out of the house and get married, so she tries her best to make the groom to be go away. I laughed loudly when April tells the groom to be that the bride still wets the bed! He takes all the antics well and never gets angry which I found refreshing and even teases back in an appropriate way. It’s a cute book and in the end it’s April the flower girl who saves the day.


“The Boy Who Grew Flowers” by Jennifer Wojtowicz is one of those books that stays with you. Rink is a little boy who’s family is strange, Rink is no exception, with every full moon he sprouts flowers , from his head. At school he is an outsider and only when a new girl comes to school does he make a friend. He reaches out to her because she too is an outsider, not at school, in her own family. In the end the kindred spirits celebrate their uniqueness. This odd romantic story will warm your heart and serves as a great lesson about how we all feel different and like an outsider sometimes. The illustrations by Steve Adams will stun you, they were so vibrant and paired so perfectly with the story. Wonderful!

Letter of The Week V v !

Vegetable
V !

I really wanted to do a “Vote V” but the idea was too abstract for my 23 month old, however I would encourage older children to clip pictures of candidates out, make mini ballots and go for it! Also it may seem like taking the kids along to vote tomorrow is a hassle but it’s a great education for them, if I was able to vote I’d be tagging my little man a long with me!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a sturdy piece of construction paper or card board ( cereal box) , some white paper, crayons, glue and scissors.
  2. Start by making a big V on the cardboard.
  3. Draw 4-5 vegetables , if your child is able to have them do this. I try only to do the steps that my child can’t.
  4. Have your child color the vegetables if you drew them, talk about what they all are, ask if they like them etc…
  5. Time to color the V ! Don’t forget to talk about the letter itself, if your child is old enough ask them what starts with V and what sound does it make.
  6. While your child is doing that cut out the colored veggies. My son grabbed the mushroom and decided he didn’t like it, another reason for making 5, some may be subject to harsh toddler treatment!
  7. Add glue and add the vegetables to the V, let dry.
  8. Cut out and if you want glue it to another piece of paper.

Book!

” Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extrodinare! Wonderful paintings of fruits and vegetables seem ultra simple and it is but somehow the way the author has pieced this simple book together is brilliant. Maybe it’s that children learn about food at the table multiple times a day and feel proud being able to identify not only some of the letters but some of the pictures too! From a teaching standpoint I love that there are both upper and lower case letters on each page! This book will grow with your child, and beware it will also make you
hungry!

Additional Activities Here are a few other fun art activities for a vegetable theme :

Mushroom , Potato and Onion Printing.