Letter of the week has been a popular feature on our blog for a few years now, but it’s not so popular at my kitchen table anymore. My son has known his letters for what feels like forever so to get him interested it takes something special… like a map. He loves maps, and will often ask us “How do you get to Nebraska? How do you get to Paris? ” So we find the map and we decide if we should fly, drive or take a boat. I capitalized on that love to do simple cutting and letter M activities.
- Gather your materials you will need an old atlas or map (you will be cutting it), kid scissors, a marker, a piece of construction paper, and glue.
- Start by looking at a map.
- We looked at a map of the US since my son is into learning about states right now. Choose a state or country to check out. He chose Utah, we don’t know why but he loves Utah, like a lot.
- Flip to it if you are using an Atlas. If you just have one map to use, take some time looking at it with your child, look for different points of interest . This activity is as much a lesson to familiarize kids with maps and geography as it is one for the letter m.
- Tear out the page and write an M, if your child is able to have them write it. It’s easy to turn it into a block M by adding to theirs.
- Cut it out. This will take time.
- Encourage them when it gets tricky. This was the most line cutting my son has ever done, honestly I was pleasantly surprised he did it all. He was pretty proud too.
- Add glue
- “Slam Utah down” His words. Let dry.
It’s an easy project but the cutting takes patience and builds skills, the exploration of the map sparks discussion and the letter recognition comes along for the ride!
Learning at Snack Time Too
While my son flipped through the atlas I fixed him a snack. I knew which state he was looking for and was just thankful it was Utah, I didn’t have enough ham for any other state.
Alphabet Books for Letter M Activities
ABC USAby Martin Jarrie is another beautiful alphabet book! Like most alphabet books it devotes a page to each letter with vibrant illustrations. Not everything in this book is by any means unique to the United States but most are. I specifically appreciated the I for Immigrants page, both from a historical and personal perspective, my son loved the J for Jazz and we both loved all the whimsical illustrations. There are a lot of learning opportunities presented as well, school-age children could really benefit from it as well the 2 letters that stood out for me for further learning were U for Underground Railroad and V for Valley Forge. However you use this it’s worth a look for certain.
All Aboard!: A Traveling Alphabet by Bill Mayer was more fun for my husband and I than for my son but that’s not a bad thing. It’s a book of pictures, with hidden letters in them. For example, the letter O is overpass with loops of road and hidden in it is an O. Some letters were easy to find some were hilariously hard. We read this to my son tonight at bedtime and while we stared at the letter H ( highway) picture debating where the h was, he fell asleep between us in his bed. This is a great alphabet book for families with children just learning and those who have mastered the alphabet. Oh and the debate was settled , we were both wrong. The final page highlights the letter in each picture in a compilation of the whole alphabet.
welcome to our wonderland says
fun m activity. my youngest has known her letters for ever too but can’t get enough of letter crafts and spelling my oldest was the same way maybe it’s a girl thing. 🙂 He did great at cutting!!! He is going to soar in kindergarten when he goes 🙂
today she wants to do a new little a craft I think I might have one no one has done in blog world or at least when googled nothing comes up 🙂
I think it actual;y is more a control issue – because he stopped wanting to do it about the time his sister was born…. so I didn’t push it.
Your son is probably old enough now to relate the Google satellite image with a paper map’s especially if it is of his neighborhood. My grandson thought it was “Cool Beans” to see the roofs of his house and school from outer space.
Yes we use it regularly, and you are right he loves it!
I LOVE this letter M for map craft! The books sound fabulous, too!
Nice to see letter of the week make a return – and glad the ham shortage had a happy ending ;D
welcome to our wonderland says
aww yes my oldest stopped doing alot of stuff she liked when her little sister was born. It is a control thing I think they couldn’t control that so they will find something they can control.
My youngest (whose name begins with M) is pretty sure he owns this letter. I can’t wait to do this with him.
Candace @ NaturallyEducational says
I love this letter activity. We studied maps recently and now my kids are obsessed!
My boys love maps, too! Here’s a link to a book we love that I bet your son would enjoy. :o)