Tag 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!

R is for Rocks – A Gross Motor Alphabet Activity

Last week was R week, and the Littles and I made up this activity that got us up, moving, bending, lifting, placing and best of all it got us out of the house.

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What could be better than a pile of rocks?  How about searching for each one and bringing it back to the designated spot.

Next?

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Vocabulary words:  rock, straight, bend, lift, up, down, curve, diagonal, next to, beside, more, on, pile, big, little . . .

Come on, readers, add to my list!

If you live in the Texas Hill Country, no matter how small your property, you’ll find plenty of rocks to do this activity with.  If not, head for your local park, or if you’re really desperate you can always buy a bag of river stones at the dollar store and do a miniature version.

Happy hunting!

In-Hand Manipulation – Coins

Here’s a shot from last week when we were working on the letter N.  We did our usual alphabet letter in painter’s tape on our Pergo, and I had the Littles hold about five nickles in their palm of their dominant hand.  They had to use only the fingers and palm of that hand to move the nickel (N is for nickel) between their thumb and index finger and then place it on the N.  This type of activity is the easiest I know for getting those little hands into a perfect Pincer grasp.  Another occupational therapy at home idea for our kiddos struggling or practicing fine motor skills.

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