This is the last letter of the week post. I will add new posts about preschoolish type things and projects soon, but I’m working on something new, so….
The letter E did not go as planned. I decided that we were going to paint sticks that were in the shape of the letter E. We painted, but not on those. We painted our faces and the table mostly. I think that about three drops of paint made it onto the E’s. But at least we had fun.
Published April 7, 2009
baking , crafts , letter of the week
This week’s letter is D. It was a bright and sunny, exciting day when I decided to try to get the two girls to discuss the letter D with me. It lasted for about five minutes. Then we went outside to play. I just wanted them to learn what the letter D sounded like, what it looked like, and what types of words started with it. Mostly we talked about dogs and ducks. Then we colored pictures of dogs and the letter D that I had traced from a coloring book. A lame project, I know, but none of us were feeling crafty in the house.
For lunch I made duck shaped biscuits which were enjoyed by all immensely (I think that M. had three!). Then a baby dog friend (aka puppy) came over to play. Oliver was an adorable addition to the gathering. I didn’t get any pictures of him with the girls, though.
C is for Clara, of course. But today, C is mostly for car! Fun, fun car painting! I got this idea from OMSI’s Science Playground, which we go to at least three times a month (we’re members), but I’ve only seen this once there. Once was not enough. Its easy and fun. No brushes required, and Clara loves it.
All you need is some paint (I used washable tempera), a couple of little cars (matchbox or others; these were from Dollar Tree), a plate to put the paint on, and some paper. Roll the cars through the paint, then roll the cars on the paper; repeat. They make tracks, the paint colors mix, everyone has a joyful painting experience.
That is until your little toddler decides that the paint tastes good and starts dipping her fingers in it and sucking them off. How she can eat that stuff, I’ll never know. Bubble solution, paint, markers, they all taste great to her. I’ve tried them and they really do not. Of course, she loves to take her vitamins, too and they taste like blood. So, its a win/lose situation. But, that was the end of Clara’s car painting.
Once a week, I have two little girls at my house for the morning as part of an awesome babysitting swap which we are hoping to make into three time a week preschool sometime in the next few months. I’ve decided that during those times, we are going to explore a letter of the week (and sing songs, read stories, play outside, have snacks, etc.). Last week was the letter A. They now know the letter, but my idea of pasting pom poms in the shape of the letter A was a flop. They had fun trying, though, so that’s what really matters. There are no pictures of cute little products, though.
This week, we did the letter B. After singing the alphabet and reviewing the letter A, we discussed the letter B, what sound it makes, what it looks like, what words start with B. Then we covered some letter B’s with bubbles!! I cut some bubble wrap that was left over from Christmas into small squares, got out some giant ink pads, and they went to town. They loved it! They stamped the paper, the table, their faces, but it mostly went well and was a lot less messy than paint (not that I shy away from that). And now they know the letter B (well, mostly). I’ll try to post the letter of the week and our activity when they turn out well, and sometimes when they don’t. If you try any of these activities, let me know how they turn out for you!