Letter C week could not have come at a more perfect time. Nana came to visit and of course brought with her a ton of goodies including cupcakes, cookies, and candy corn. This week was full of fun activities, books, and yummy treats.
For our physical activity we did a little yoga. The chair pose was a perfect way to introduce the letter C and incorporate a little physical activity. You can find a complete list of exercising through the alphabet here.
A quick arts and crafts project was Cotton Ball Candy Corn. It was super easy to prep, super easy for the kids to do, and with Candy Corn as our inspiration it allowed us to enjoy a sweet snack when we were done. You can find the directions for this fun project by checking out Crafty Morning.
Another great activity that we spent quite some time with was this amazing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity. I printed the Coconut Tree from That’s What Che Said and placed it in a cheap cookie sheet with our magnetic letters. As we read, B was able to play with the letters on the coconut tree.
We also used those same scrap pieces to make a colorful coat that went along with our story of Joseph from God’s Little Explorers. We typically read the bible story of the week every morning during breakfast. I’ve found that this helps with getting the message across. Each day she asks more questions and our conversation goes a little deeper. In the public school world they would call it a close read. We dissect the story and look for certain things each time we read it.
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As you already know I love Play dough! This week I used this super cute play dough mat of a cupcake that allowed B to design and decorate the cupcake as she wanted too. We completed this activity after reading “If You Give a Cat a Cupcake“. This Reading Mama has play dough mats for the whole alphabet.
Of course we had to have our usual date with water color paints. This week I made B wait until we read “The Cow Loves Cookies,” and then used the cow coloring page from Easy Peasy and Fun. I love when our coloring pages or craft projects match up perfectly with the books we are reading for the week.
For handwriting or fine motor practice, B decided she was going to write C’s on her white board. She asked to color on her board and from a room away I said, “SURE”. When I walked in moments later she had written a beautiful C and was beginning to make little C’s all around it. I also had her trace some C’s from our Wipe Clean: Letters Book.
I haven’t quite jumped on the bandwagon with Sensory Play just yet, mainly because it’s a new concept for me. However, I’m learning that it can play a crucial role in the development of a toddlers life. With all of that being said, I made a colorful rice bin this week for the kids to enjoy. Boy, did they enjoy it! It started out with simple scooping and turned into full out rice dumping, but they all had a blast.
Another bonus to this activity is that it lasted a while. In fact I actually had to end it because there was more rice on the floor than in the bin and they were so disappointed that I did. I absolutely love it when they enjoy activities for longer than it takes me to create them! You can find all the details on how to create this awesome sensory bin at Ehow Mom Blog.
This week we went back to patterns. I used leaf stamps to create a few different patterns such as ABAB, ABBA, and ABCA. Then, I had her choose the stamp that would finish the pattern. She loved the stamping aspect, but patterns are still a struggle.
We also completed a pattern page with shapes from the LeapFrog Shapes, Colors, & Numbers. I am always looking for different objects to use and different methods (dry erase, floor pictures, stamps, etc) to create patterns as a way to help with this concept.
Books with the Letter C that you really shouldn’t pass up:
I personally loved “Clickety Clack“. It went along with our train theme from last week and was just really cute. This book incorporated colors, counting, and of course the Clickety Clack of the train.
“The Day the Crayons Quit” is another super cute book about a boy’s box of crayons and all the reasons that they are not happy. Each of his crayons write him a letter, detailing what they like or don’t like about they way they are used. In the end the little boy resolves all of their complaints in a beautiful drawing.
That about wraps up our week with the Letter C.
As always I hope that you found something here that you and your little ones will enjoy. We hope you have a week full of candy corn, cookies, cupcakes, and crazy colorful fun!
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