Letter of the Week ! Q q !

Queen Q!

I debated doing Queen, because it’s so obvious but my son knows what a queen is so I stuck with it. With older children drawing a bunch of question marks or doing a counting activity with quarters are great ways to use the letter in genuine ways. One thing I do not suggest is a Q-tip q, I did that years ago in a PreK class and the results looked like we glued used q-tips on paper, it was so repulsive my director asked me to take them down off the bulletin board!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of construction paper, paint daubers or crayons/markers, glue, sequins or other collage materials that make good jewels, and scissors.
  2. Draw a upper case Q. It took me 3 tries for one I liked.
  3. Have your child paint. color or otherwise decorate the Q. My son refused to paint it until the other side was completely done. Toddlers are such a joy.
  4. While your child is decorating their queen , cut out a simple crown from the 3rd piece of paper.
  5. Have your child embellish the crown with sequins , buttons – anything you have that sparkles.
  6. While your child is making the crown sparkle. Draw a face ( or have your child do it) on the other piece of paper. Make sure it is will show through the inside of the Q.
  7. Have your child color the face if they want. My marker obsessed toddler insisted on coloring but you don’t have to.
  8. While they do that cut out the Q.
  9. Glue the Q on the paper, and the crow on the Q and voila , a Queen Q ! Once it’s dry you can trim the back paper .
Letter Hunt

This activity is great for children who are able to identify letters reliably, younger kids who are still learning the basics of letter recognition may get frustrated. An easy adaptation would be to simply look for any letter with the little guys where as you can be letter specific with older ones.

  • You will need a paper lunch bag, markers, scissors and old magazines, junk mail, or newspapers.
  • Decorate the outside of your lunch bag with the letter you are looking for, both the upper case and lowers case.
  • Start looking through the printed materials and cut out the letters you find. With older children it’s fun to have contests like the person with the most upper case letters, the most letters total and the biggest or smallest letter.

* One thing I love about this activity is that when children are at this stage of letter recognition they start to see the same letter written in different fonts and are still able to identify it as a B for example. It’s great!

We can all be Meteorologists !

Weekend RePost.
This is an old post from February that I added new book reviews and an additional activity to. My little helper is missing because in February he wasn’t able to play with cotton balls without eating them.Have a great weekend , there will be a new post up on Monday!

We are mixing things up today I am talking about a book first because ” It Looked Like Spilt Milk” by Charles G. Shaw goes perfectly with our activity. In the book all different shapes are shown and the children love to tell you what it is, an ice cream cone, a bird… but really they are all clouds! After reading I will ask students if they have ever seen a funny looking cloud and if they would like to make a funny looking cloud!You don’t have to use this book, you could just pop outside and find some clouds and talk about their shapes too!

Cotton Ball Cloud

  1. Gather your materials. I am used cotton balls, some card stock , a marker and white glue. Oh and don’t forget the scissors. If you don’t have cotton balls you can use tissue paper cut up or even toilet paper!
  2. Draw the outline of the cloud, I have made a very boring every day cloud but allow your child to make any shape they want and if they can draw it, let them. I would only draw the outline for very young toddlers.
  3. Cut it out. ( did anyone else have a flashback to Full House right there? )
  4. Put glue all over the cloud , and put on your cotton balls. Even really little guys love this part, but watch them they also love to pop them in their mouths.

Song!

What’s the weather?

What’s the weather ?
What’s the weather like today?
Tell me _(insert kids name)__ what’s the weather,
What’s the weather like today?
Is it sunny?
Is it rainy?
Is it cloudy out today?


Is it snowy?
Is it windy?
What’s the weather like today?
Additional Activity

One of my favorite activities to do with children after reading this story is to take a blue piece of construction paper, and white glue and make fold over clouds. It’s super simple and fast , so you might want to have a few pieces of paper for each child. You simply add white paint to one half of a blue piece of paper, fold , squish and open it up. See if there is a hidden image, we once found a piece of pepperoni pizza in one!

 

Books! 

” Cloudy with a chance of meatballs” by Judi Barrett is a fantastic book for Pre-K and up, if your child has a long attention span I would try it earlier , but the text is long and complicated for most toddlers. My son won’t sit for more than a few pages if I am lucky. The story follows one Grandpa’s tale about the town of Chewsandswallows where the weather comes in the form of food! All was well in Chewsandswallows until the weather took a turn for the worse! I loved teaching with this story, and kids love it too!

” Weather” by Pamela Chanko and Daniel Moreton is the perfect little non fiction book about weather for toddlers and young preschoolers. It’s short and has big interesting photos depicting different weather. Don’t be fooled, it looks like nothing, but trust me little guys will ask you to read it again and again. It’s important that children get read a variety of things, not simply fiction, so don’t be afraid to get your child a simple little non fiction book like this one!

” The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” by My First Taggies Book is a fun little book with the ever popular tags which add an extra level of sensory experience for your little one. The pictures are cute, the rhyme familiar and I liked traveling with this book when my son was little, because of the tags it was a double duty, book and touch toy!

Be Featured !

Holiday Gift
Showcase

Are you overwhelmed by all the fun funky and awesome gifts that are out there? Maybe you are totally underwhelmed and are yet to be impressed… either way I want to help!
If you have a product you love, or better yet something you make, or sell on your own online store I am planning a Holiday Gift Showcase.

Each Sunday from November 15th until Christmas
I will be showcasing things I find and you send in!

Please specify if you are the creator of the product, or if it’s simply something you love and want to give a shout out too.Depending on the number of submissions I may not include everything submitted.

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Thanksgiving Books

” A Plump and Perky Turkey “ by Teresa Bateman is such a cute and funny book about a town that needs a turkey and the lengths they go to to find one. The town is sadly outwitted by the turkey and end up eating shredded wheat for thanksgiving. The illustrations kept my little man interested even though the story’s humor was above his head.

“10 Fat Turkeys” by Tony Johnston was a classroom favorite, it’s about as silly as a book gets and the kids had no clue they were actually learning about subtraction while listening to the crazy rhymes. This won’t explain the pilgrims , or talk about the Mayflower, but it will make your kids laugh! Very cute!

“The First Thanksgiving Day : A Counting Story” by Laura Krauss Melmed is a stunning gem of a book. I can’t believe I haven’t read it before, normally great books like this go through teaching circles like wildfire. The book has so many layers it will keep toddlers and preschoolers alike busy and engaged. The text explains the first Thanksgiving while counting 1-10 in rhyming poetry and the illustrations by Mark Buehner have hidden treasures, see if you can find them! After I return this to the library, I will be buying it for sure!


” Thanksgiving is for giving thanks” by Margaret Sutherland is book that explains what Thanksgiving is, and gives lots of examples of things to be thankful for. I like this book although I could go without the page where the narrator is thankful for lollipops, all the other things are wonderful like a teacher’s encouragement, grandma’s hugs, and sunny days and to me the lollipops sorta fall flat. Easily skipped over if you are not keen on it but the book as a whole is valuable teaching tool about thanksgiving.

Free Art Friday !!

Free Art!


I always try to give my son opportunities to just create, at his age that usually includes markers , crayons or paint and paper. That’s it. It may look like we are always doing big mommy directed things but most of our days look like this. Most of the marker came off with a wash cloth the rest will be scrubbed off in the bath , I can’t wait because we have an
Ice Berg
freezing right now!

~Here is another fun free art project for your weekend~

Dish Scrubber Painting