No Time For Flash Cards http://www.notimeforflashcards.com kids crafts, books, and play ideas for children. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:31:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 50+ Alphabet Activities For Kids http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/07/alphabet-activities-kids.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/07/alphabet-activities-kids.html#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:31:26 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=23562 Alphabet activities aren’t just fun, they are important too. When children are familiar with letters the task of learning to read is much more accessible. Familiarity breeds comfort and we want our kids to be comfortable with letters, their sounds, and shapes. There is no need to drill your child but having fun with letters […]

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50 awesome alphabet activitiesAlphabet activities aren’t just fun, they are important too. When children are familiar with letters the task of learning to read is much more accessible. Familiarity breeds comfort and we want our kids to be comfortable with letters, their sounds, and shapes. There is no need to drill your child but having fun with letters is a great way to introduce and master letter recognition, letter sounds, and other early literacy skills. Here are more than 50 fantastic alphabet activities for kids from toddlers to early elementary school.

Outside Alphabet Activities

outside alphabet activities

Outdoor Alphabet Hunt
Sidewalk Chalk Letter Activities
Alphabet Hunt On The Town
Gardening For Letters
Letter Hose Down
Letters On The Go
Zoo Magnets

Sensory & Playdough Alphabet Activities

sensory alphabet activities

Stamp & Match
Salt Tray Letters
Alphabet Cookies
Shell Letters
Alphabet Sensory Tub
Alphabet Playdough
Touch & Feel Alphabet

Fine Motor Alphabet Activities

fine motor alphabet

Leaf Letter Match
Letter Lacing
Letter Constellations
Glue Tracing Letters
Button Letters
Sandpaper Letters
Rainbow Letters
Alphabet Christmas Tree
Alphabet Bead Spelling
Peel & Pick Alphabet Apple Tree
Cork Board Letters
Alphabet Wall
Alphabet Bead Activities

Creative Alphabet Crafts & Activities

creative alphabet

Painting with Letter Cookie Cutters
Magic Letters
Family Letters
Custom Alphabet Book – Fast
Custom Alphabet Book – Hardcover Photo Book
Easy Letter Rubbings
Disappearing Letters
Letter Watermelons
Alphabet Flower Garden Mural
Letter Monsters
Sparkly Alphabet Canvas
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match
Alphabet Peg Dolls
Alphabet Mail Pretend Play
Letter Snowman
Recycled Alphabet Craft
Letter Pizza
Alphabet Place Mat

 

Gross Motor Alphabet Activities

gross motor alphabet
Move & Groove Letter Game
Build with Letters
Word Scavenger Hunt with Letter Stones

 

Letter Matching & Sorting Activities

Alphabet Sorting

Letter Sorting Tree
Pound The Sound Letter Sound Activity
Letter Road Upper & Lowercase Sorting
Easter Egg Letter Match
Match and Unlock Letter Sounds
Car and Driver – Letter Match
Post Office Letter Sorting

 

Letter Memory and Other Alphabet Games

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Name Game
Fishing For Letters
Letter Memory Game
Letter Dominoes
Jar Lid Letter Memory

 

 

 

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Sticker Station – Easy Fine Motor Activity http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/07/sticker-station-easy-fine-motor-activity.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/07/sticker-station-easy-fine-motor-activity.html#respond Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:11:01 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=23547 I love stickers and not just because of their power to reward kids with something small that isn’t sugar but because they pack a lot of punch in the fine motor skills department. Peeling those little suckers off the sheet is tricky for little fingers. This is a great fine motor activity to turn to […]

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sticker stationI love stickers and not just because of their power to reward kids with something small that isn’t sugar but because they pack a lot of punch in the fine motor skills department. Peeling those little suckers off the sheet is tricky for little fingers. This is a great fine motor activity to turn to when you don’t have a ton of time to play. Add in new stickers and the whole activity has new life. Add in some crayons and it’s like new again. After I shot some photos I got a load of laundry together, wiped down the bathroom , and got dressed while my little one was happily adding more and more stickers and unbeknownst to her she was working out her fine motor skills too.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some stickers, an envelope, some plain paper, and painter’s tape or thumbtacks. sticker station wall mural

Start by taping your paper to the wall. I like using blue painter’s tape for two reasons; first to save my wall from being wrecked, second because it gives children a clear boundary to the area where it’s OK to add stickers and where it is not.Sticker wall activity for kids set up

Put all your stickers in the envelope. Ours is plastic but a plain paper one would work just as well. You can attach it with painter’s tape too or if it’s really heavy use thumbtacks. Remember that thumbtacks are never safe with children who are still putting things in their mouths. Please use caution and know your child’s abilities and make any adaptations you may need to in order to make the activity safe for your child.adding the stickers

Add your little person. I didn’t explain anything. I just said ” I made you a sticker wall.” and she got right to it.peeling stickers good for fine motor

This is not a structured activity. If your child invites you to participate by all means do but don’t feel you must or should. While my daughter was adding stickers she created little stories to go along with them but if your child doesn’t that is OK. They may sort the stickers, line them up, or make an overall design.sticker wall They may also randomly add one or two and walk away. I wouldn’t give up but I wouldn’t push.  I would see if you had any stickers that better appeal to them , add some crayons to the mix, and leave it up for a few days before giving up. It’s OK for activities to tank too. While this simple sticker station was a big hit with my daughter doesn’t mean your child will love it or that you did anything wrong if they don’t. I have come up with many activities my kids haven’t adored. Move on and don’t worry.

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Homemade Bubble Solution and Whisk Bubble Wands http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/07/homemade-bubble-solution-whisk-bubble-wands.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/07/homemade-bubble-solution-whisk-bubble-wands.html#respond Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:57:21 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=23512 This was a completely kid directed activity. While I was finishing up a conference call my daughter was digging through the kitchen drawers and found her whisks. These were bought for her to play with and as I hung up she showed me that she had opened them up to make flowers. Immediately I said […]

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homemade bubble solutionThis was a completely kid directed activity. While I was finishing up a conference call my daughter was digging through the kitchen drawers and found her whisks. These were bought for her to play with and as I hung up she showed me that she had opened them up to make flowers. Immediately I said to her ” do you know what I think we could use those for?”

“Bubbles!” was her response and I was giddy to see that we were on the same page. I dug through my pantry to see if we had any corn syrup to make the bubble solution I used to make in day camps 400 years ago. It was hiding behind the cookies that I had hidden behind the pasta.

Here is my NOT AT ALL precise recipe for homemade bubble solution.

homemade bubble solution using stuff you have in your kitchen

1 tablespoon of corn syrup
1/4 cup of dish soap
fill the rest of the measuring up ( 2 cups) with warm water and stir.

homemade bubble potion

I made the first batch myself but she helped with the second.

whisk bubbles

She LOVED this. The bubbles weren’t great to blow out of the whisks but if you dipped them in and then waved your arms and they made huge big bubbles.bubbles collage

She practiced and sometimes they were little , but sometimes they were huge. What I adored about this incredibly simple activity is that she was attacking it like an experiment ( with zero input from me to suggest she should) and tried to recreate the big bubbles by following what worked and avoiding the actions that resulted in the little bubbles. big bubbles

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Easy Outdoor Book Nook – Summer Reading Activity http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/07/easy-outdoor-book-nook.html http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/07/easy-outdoor-book-nook.html#respond Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:20:28 +0000 http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/?p=23509   Freshen up your summer reading with this fun and easy outdoor book nook. When Scholastic sent us a super fun summer reading party pack and asked us to share with our readers how we would add some extra fun to summer reading, we decided to have a little reading under the stars party in […]

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summer reading ideas

 

Freshen up your summer reading with this fun and easy outdoor book nook. When Scholastic sent us a super fun summer reading party pack and asked us to share with our readers how we would add some extra fun to summer reading, we decided to have a little reading under the stars party in our yard. The kids tried to convince me to let them stay up until it was really dark out but around here it’s not dark until way WAY past their bedtime. Being the stickler for bedtimes that I am we came up with a fun solution so that we could still read under the stars.

Gather your materials. You will need some sheets or table cloths ( we used one of each) some glow in the dark stickers, fun props like flashlights, headlamps, camp blankets, and of course a basket of books. I also have some reading logs, a clip board, and pencils.summer reading under the stars

You can find a whole bunch of printables and other summer reading materials on Scholastic’s Summer Reading page. If you want to have a summer reading party they even have a digital invitation- check it out.

Start by tying the sheets to some trees. Here’s the thing. In my head I thought this would look like some magical reading tent but the reality is that I do not have a degree in design or architecture and I just tied the sheets where I could. Does it look at cute as I hoped? Nope. Did my kids care? Nope.

reading activities for kids

Perfect isn’t perfect. Just have fun the important part is the reading not the structure. You are just offering your children some novelty to kick some new energy into their reading goals.

I used some rocks to hold the bottoms down.

Then my daughter went to town adding the star stickers. Even in the daylight you can read under the stars this way!summer reading outside summer reading challenge

Read. Flashlights might seem silly in the bright sunlight to adults but both my kids were totally into using them for this. They jumped right into pretend play but the rad thing is that even though they were pretending to be camping out on Mt. Rainer at night the reading they were doing was real.reading under the stars summer reading

 

Books to Read Under The Stars!

 

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Check out these great books ( link here or click the image above ) that are perfect to read with headlamps and flashlights! This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading Under The Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY® to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer.  If you don’t have the time to make a ( not as pretty as you hoped) outdoor book nook grab a flashlight or two and  read some of these great books under the blankets.  Making reading fun doesn’t have to be complicated.

 

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As stated above this post is sponsored by Scholastic.

 

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