Fishing, Fairs and Fairy Tales: Letter F Preschool Activities and Printable!

F

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My son’s favorite letter up to now has been B because it is the beginning of his name and the first letter he learned to recognize, but this week’s letter might become his new favorite. What is so special about the letter F? It is the first letter of his favorite activity: fishing! And to make it even better it is the first letter of our field trip for this week: the fair!

banjaminfish

We will be attending our State Fair this week and we are excited to be able to include that in our letter study! In addition to talking about the fair and how it starts with F, I created a scavenger hunt at the fair for things that begin with the letter F. You can download your copy of the scavenger hunt below. There are also some yummy treats at the fair that start with F. We always enjoy splitting a funnel cake and French fries are one of my son’s favorites.

Our nature study is going to focus on fish. While we may not be able to study those up close this week due to the weather we are going to look at his fish books, color pictures of fish, and hopefully find a few fish at the Marine Fisheries exhibit at the fair.

We will also cover the season of fall in our nature study. While fall officially started several weeks ago, this is the first week that we are slated to have fall weather! With the cooler temperatures it will be fun to go outside and look for changing leaves and other signs of fall. I also have a collection of fall books that I want to incorporate into our days.

My sons loves finger painting and I think that will be a fun sensory activity to help learn the letter F. We are a big fan of finger painting because it encourages fine motor skills, it is easy to clean up, and of course lots of fun. If it feels too messy you can choose a different activity or check out my post on making it easier to say yes to the messy activities.

My son’s favorite number at the moment is the number four. I think it maybe a rule when you are a small child that your favorite number matches your age. He wants to eat four of everything, do things for four minutes or four days, and put everything into groups of four. This is a great week to reinforce that number through counting, activities, and possibly add drawing the number 4 in finger paint to our letter activities.

Finally what better way to enjoy the letter F than with a few good fairy tales! There are so many great ways to enjoy fairy tales. We can read them in some of our favorite books, listen to them, watch a movie, or even make up our own fairy tales.

I hope this post gives you some ideas to get started with the letter F. Please share your ideas for letter F in the comments below!

Snack Ideas:

Figs

Fig Newtons

Fish (gold fish)

Fruit Salad (This is a fun one for them to help make. They can use a lettuce knife to help cut and then mix it all together.)

Funnel Cake

French Fries

Fruit (and veggie) Flower Snacks

 

Extra Resources:

Letter F Upper Case Craft Freebie

Letter f Lower Case Craft Freebie

Optional Activities:

Fishing

Float/Sink experiment

Nature study on fish or ferns or fall

Finger Games

Fair (this one is seasonal but times out perfectly for us)

Fairy Tales (This 5 minute fairy tale book is free if you have kindle unlimited).

Letter F Fair Day Scavenger Hunt (FREE PRINTABLE)

 

 

Don’t forget to download your free letter F sensory bin pictures to use this week!

 

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Letter E Preschool Activities and Printable!

E

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We are excited about all of the ‘E’ activities for this week! My son loves going out each morning to help his older brother collect eggs from our chickens and he has been learning how to scramble eggs so he will be thrilled to get to help make eggs for one of his ‘E’ foods. He is also working on counting and we are going to incorporate the number eight into our weekly studies. Even if your child is already comfortably counting past eight you can use numbers like eighteen or eighty.

eggs

My four year old, like many children his age, can have trouble expressing and explaining his emotions in appropriate ways. I hope to talk about emotions this week and help him with expressing those in constructive ways. I have included a website in the resources below that has some great activities and games to help with that concept. I also love the books, The Grouchy Ladybug  and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

I plan to do a letter sort with all of the picture cards from the letters we have covered so far. We will lay out each letter and then have him place the pictures that start with that letter in the rows below the letter cards.

He loves animals so we may make one of these adorable elephant crafts if we have time. We will also use our craft dough to shape the letter E and maybe practice the letters that we have already covered.

Our nature study is going to focus on eggs. We are going to look at the eggs from our chickens and ducks as well as looking at books and information about other bird eggs. We can study how they are various colors, shapes, and sizes. You can also talk about how many people think about birds when you talk about eggs, but other animals such as turtles and fish also lay eggs.

 

Please share your ideas for letter E in the comments below!

Snack Ideas:

  • Eggs
  • Enchiladas
  • English Muffins
  • Elephant Ears (no not real ones… the fried dough ones)
  • Eclairs (this is a great mom snack!)

 

Extra Resources:

Letter E Upper Case Craft Freebie

Letter e Lower Case Craft Freebie

Optional Activities:

Nature study on eggs, egrets, or eels

Work on the number 8 (jump 8 times, find 8 rocks)

Work on Emotions concept (excited/sad/mad)

Experiment with elastic

Learn about electricity

 

 

Don’t forget to download your free letter E Sensory Bin pictures to use this week!

 

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Letter D Preschool Activities and Printable!

D

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I want to be transparent, we did none of the ‘C’ activities on our list last week. Our schooling was put on hold as we dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. While our family was blessed to still have a safe and dry home, many people in our community were not so fortunate. Once roads were passable and our power restored we worked with our church to help those that needed assistance. We are still helping but hope to fit in both some C and D activities this week to get caught back up. I’d love to hear what you did for letter C.

This week we will be using the printable cards (free download below) in a sensory bin, eating “D” snacks, sorting through the cards from all four of the letters, and doing some dirt themed ideas. My four year old loves dirt and will be thrilled to do anything that involves playing in dirt or getting dirty. I think we may use dirt for our sensory letter activity by doing a ‘dirt’ tray instead of a sand tray and letting him trace his letters.

 

Please share your ideas for letter D in the comments below!

Snack Ideas:

  • Dates
  • Doughnuts
  • Dirt Cake
  • Dolmas (This may be a new food for many preschoolers but my son loves these stuffed grape leaves and they can be found in many grocery stores).
  • Dairy

 

Extra Resources:

Letter D Upper Case Craft Freebie

Letter d Lower Case Craft Freebie

Optional Activities:

Nature study on dirt! (Use a magnifying glass to look at how dirt is different in different places or what you can find in the dirt.  You can even experiment to see what happens to the dirt if you add water or if you sift it through a sieve. )

Dashing… practice running fast, maybe even set up some lines and time yourselves

Drawing

Dates/Days (You can begin working on calendar skills or days of the week. There are some really fun songs to help learn the days of the week.)

Dollars (You can begin talking about money and the concept of dollars and coins.)

 

 

Don’t forget to download your free letter D sensory bin pictures to use this week!

 

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Letter C Preschool Activities and Printable!

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Our second week back was quite different than the first! This week has been a whirlwind for us as we prepare for Hurricane Florence. I’m writing this and setting it to post on the blog just before she hits so that you will have next weeks letter resources even if we do not have power. We had really hoped to do bird study to go with the letter B but between hurricane prep and many of the birds leaving before the storm we have delayed that part of our lesson. He did enjoy ‘reading’ the new Young Naturalist Backyard Birds Field Guide that I picked up for him. It is perfect because it has most of the birds we normally see on our walks but isn’t’ so long as to be overwhelming to a young child. Hopefully once the storm is over we can get back to our walks and identify the birds that we see.

The letter B was a review for him because it was the very first letter that he learned since it is also the first letter of his name. This was a blessing this week with my limited time. He was able to practice writing the letter B and review A by painting them with his paint brush. We also looked at the picture cards and have plans for him to use his sensory bin while we are hunkered down waiting out the storm. It should be a good quiet activity for him.

B painting

We also thoroughly enjoyed ‘B’ foods this week. The big kids got into figuring out ideas and we went a little further than normal. We had bagels, breakfast burritos, bananas, blueberry dessert, and even biscuits. My daughter cooked the biscuits and surprised him with one in the shape of a ‘B’.

This week we will be using the printable cards (free download below) in a sensory bin, eating “C” snacks, sorting through the cards from all three of the letters, and doing some camping themed ideas. We had actually planned a three day family camping trip and the timing was working out perfectly, however, the storm has postponed that trip. Depending on the weather and storm damage we will either camp in the backyard one night or set up a ‘tent’ in the living room and pretend to camp.  I even have a great book of camping poetry that we can read together.

Coloring is always a fun activity. He can color the letter ‘C’ or just his own creation. He also really enjoys the chalk pastel lessons from ‘You Are an Artist‘ so I will be sure to include a couple of those if we have power and internet.  He knows his colors but does sometimes get a couple of them confused so we might do some fun activities with colors to reinforce that concept.

I would love to do a nature study on creeks because there is so much so see and do at the creek. They are great places for play and exploration (supervised of course) under normal conditions. However, with the predicted flooding we will probably postpone that study as well. If you are in an area not affected by the storm I highly recommend spending some time observing at a local creek.

Please share your ideas for letter C in the comments below!

Snack Ideas:

  • Cheeses
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Clementines
  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Crackers

 

Extra Resources:

Letter C Upper Case Craft Freebie

Letter c Lower Case Craft Freebie

Optional Activities:

Coloring

Work on Crunchy/Soft concept

Nature Study on cicadas, creeks or crickets depending on what you have nearby.

Camping (real or pretending in your living room or back yard)

Homework and Horseplay has some great ideas for a camping themed tea time!

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget to download your free letter C sensory bin pictures  to use this week!

 

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Alice in Wonderland on Audible for less than $1!!

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Letter B Preschool Activities and Printable!

B

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Our first week went wonderfully! I know that it may not always be as smooth but he was so excited to have his own work and feel like one of the ‘big’ kids. He loved learning all about letter A and practicing finding it and writing it. He also loves our nature studies so he enjoyed finding ‘ants’ and learning about them.  I thought we were going to work with shaving cream and drawing our letters but we switched it up and made the letter A with Play Doh for one of our tactile activities.

This week we will be using the printable cards (free download below) in a sensory bin, eating “B” snacks, doing some physical activities with balls, and a study on birds. Now that we have two letters worth of cards we can also start working on sorting them and matching the picture with the beginning sound.

I’m really excited about the bird study because my son loves birds! We often take walks to look for birds and we even got him an inexpensive bird feeder to hang in our front yard so that he could watch the birds from the kitchen window. Bird studies can be as simple as sitting outside and watching for birds. If your child shows interest there are also some great simple bird guides both in print and online to help you identify the birds. You could even just talk about their size and colors.

bird picture

He has a set of sorting bears that we may use to work on the concept of big and small in keeping with the ‘b’ theme (big bears). This is a great way to also help develop fine motor skills. You could also use stuffed animals or other household objects.

Remember that it is important to keep it simple and engaging. Children learn best through play, so while we will learn about the letter B I want to keep it fun and active. This is one letter that my son actually already knows (it is the first letter in his name) but I think it will be fun to review the letter. Also, keep in mind that letting them help prepare the snacks can be a great way to start teaching them the valuable life skill of cooking and preparing food.

Snack Ideas:

  • Banana
  • Biscuits
  • Blueberries
  • Bagels

Extra Resources:

Letter B Upper Case Craft Freebie

Letter b Lower Case Craft Freebie

Optional Activities:

Play Ball (This is a great way to get in some physical activity and work on gross and fine motor skills.)

Nature Study on Birds or Bees ( This can be done for free by just going outside and observing nature at your home or local park, but if you want to attract more birds to your yard or make it an on going project you can add in an inexpensive bird feeder or this simple field guide for backyard birds.)

Work on Big/Small or Bitter/Sweet concepts (You can use sorting bears or choose activities from around the house to work on big/small and for bitter/sweet you can choose simple foods like lemon juice/ candy or fruit)

 

 

Don’t forget to download your free letter B sensory bin pictures to use this week!

 

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Letter A Preschool Activities and Printable!

A

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As a part of our relaxed preschool plan and my son’s strong desire to learn his letters we are going to study a letter each week. Each week I’ll share snack ideas, sensory bin cards, crafts and other resources for that letter. I strongly encourage you to use only what seems to work for your child and keep it fun.  It is far better to wait until they are ready to learn than to push them too early.

We will be using the printable cards (free download below) in a sensory bin, eating “A” snacks, practicing making the letter in shaving cream, and doing an ant nature study this week. We won’t be able to pick apples for another couple of weeks but we may also do some fun apple pages from the extra resources depending on how interested my four year old seems to be as the week progresses.

Snack Ideas:

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus (might be better with dinner but still a fun ‘A’ food)
  • Ants on a Log (celery w/ nut butter and raisins)

Extra Resources:

Letter A Upper Case Craft Freebie

Letter a Lower Case Craft Freebie

Optional Activities:

Apple Picking

Ant Nature Study (you can observe them outside, create a habitat in a jar, or purchase an ant farm)

 

Don’t forget to download your free Letter A Sensory Bin Pictures to use this week!

 

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Making Vocabulary Fun (with Freebies)!

vocabularyAs a kid, I remember being given a list of words. I found them in the dictionary. Wrote them on a page in my blue lesson book, and copied the definition. Bleh. We need to spice this up!

Here are some easy peasy ideas:

  • First, I strongly feel that vocabulary is best learned via reading matter that matters. Have your kids read. Often. So much vocabulary and spelling is easily “caught” (gathered from context, imprinted in the mind by repetition) while reading something enjoyable.
  • Get a good children’s dictionary. We really like this one. Teach your child how to use it, how to find words by using guide words and alphabetization. Then find your word, read the definition, and have your child act it out or create a sentence including the word.
  • Write your vocabulary words on a white board in a common location in the house. Give your child a sticker for each time you hear them use their new words throughout the day.
  • Write a short (maybe even silly) story, trying to include as many words as possible. Use a free template like one of these, to allow your student to illustrate their story!
  • Play Pictionary with your list, drawing items or scenes to guess the words.
  • For tactile learners, try using play dough to craft items in association with vocabulary words.
  • Use websites like this free one, to create your own worksheets, matching words with definitions.
  • If reading definitions is tedious, read them with an accent. No kidding. Our daughter is reading in her attempt of an English accent today. 🙂
  • Encourage intelligent viewing. There is children’s programming that dumbs the script down, and there are other choices which broaden the vocabulary. Pay attention to what your kids are absorbing (for a lot more reasons than simply word choice!).
  • Use nifty free sites like this one, which has some great tools especially for visual learners.
  • There is also this site which offers free spelling and vocabulary games and tools. Insert your own spelling list and it tailors the activities to reinforce them!  Here is a video:

Hope these ideas help! Got some nifty, tried-and-true ideas of your own? Share them in the comments!