Category Archives: Alphabet Activities

A is for Aluminum Foil

I’m pretty sure I gleaned this activity from one of our preschool curriculum books. It was way too easy and successful for me to have come up with on my own.   All three of the Littles (Noah 7 DS, Bella 6, and Seth 4) enjoyed this project.
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Black paper.

Chalk or white crayon.

Draw the Letter A

Glue stick.

Aluminum foil squares. (Moms, cut the squares before the activity begins.)

Need I say more?

(One little hint – my kiddos got tired of gluing each little square and then sticking it on the A. I wound up letting them put glue over a small section of the A and then stick the foil squares onto the paper before moving to the next section.)

Okay, okay. Two little hints. Kids love working with material they don’t usually get to put their hands on. Using correct line order, have them trace over your A with the chalk or crayon. I believe that for struggling learners and those with special needs, every single repetition of a motion, a letter, a word, counts; so let’s try to capture every opportunity we can.

Let’s hear it for the Letter A!

Is a Camel a Mammal and Other Musings

Seeing as this is the first week of the new school year, our letter of the week is A.
A is for animals.
As unorganized as I am, I actually do love order. So teaching my little ones (Noah 7 DS, Bella 6 and Seth 4) about animal classification is a fun little project for me.
We talked about the qualities of mammals, arachnids, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish today.
Anybody know what kind of animal an armadillo is?
Would you believe a mammal?
It’s true. Alongside their hard shell you will find a hairy body.
So in talking about mammals, Bella very excitedly pointed out that she knows she is a mammal because she has hairy arms.
I said, “That’s right, you are a mammal.”
Then she said very dramatically, “Daddy is DEFINATELY a mammal.”

Guys, it just doesn’t get any more hysterical than this.
Does anybody know – did we ever laugh before we had kids? Did we ever have these moments of pure joy when time stops and love just takes over?

“Daddy is DEFINATELY a mammal.”

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

A little sidenote here. If you are teaching the classification system to your children, it is important to remember that while scientists classify humans as within the animal kingdom, God makes a definite distinction between animals and man in the account of creation in Genesis. This can be a great time to introduce that scientists have discovered many wonderful things, but some of those things are refuted by what the Bible says. Science is valuable, but theories come and go and even “facts” get disproved and tossed by the wayside. God’s word stands forever. It is trustworthy and righteous. We and our children can stand on it no matter what the “great minds” of our culture present as truth.

Have a blessed day! More animal antics to come!

Driving Our Way Through the ABC’s

I combined a couple activities I saw on Pinterest and came up with this:

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I bought the cars at the Dollar Store – three for a dollar.

The Littles (Noah -6 with Down syndrome, Bella 4 and Seth 3) love this new activity!

Here’s the scoop:

Activity:  Driving Our Way Through the ABCs

Supplies Needed:

  1. 26 toy cars.
  2. White craft paper from a roll
  3. Markers
  4. Circle stickers (found in office supplies for garage sale pricing)

Preparation: 

  1. Draw a road on craft paper with separate “garages” marked in order from A-Z.  Add decorations like parks and trees – get as fancy as you like and perhaps even let your little one help.
  2. Write a different letter on each circle sticker,  A-Z. 
  3. Place one sticker on each car.

Directions:  Have your child drive each car along the road to its designated garage.  For children new to the alphabet, line up the cars in order so that the first car goes to the first garage which will be marked A, the second car will go to the next garage marked B, etc.  For children more familiar with the alphabet, mix up the cars so the child will have to search for the matching letter.

(Or you can just look at the picture and probably figure out everything you need to know.)

Look out Mom – this activity just might keep Junior busy for the whole afternoon!