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.
Chalk or white crayon.
Draw the Letter A
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!
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!