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Mr. Potato Head Sequencing Activity

Cruising Pinterest, I saw a fantastic idea for using a Mr. Potato Head for a sequencing activity.  It looked like there was a free printable, so I pinned it to my Speech Therapy at Home Board and bought a huge Mr. Potato Head Anniversary Edition at Costco for Noah’s birthday.  The said Mr. Potato Head was actually a set of two Potato Heads and all kinds of accessories.

Fast forward to today when I actually sat down to print out the activity.  Alas, the link is broken, the free printable that once existed seems to exist no more.

I did find one for $2.00 over at Teachers Pay Teachers, but the picture strips she has don’t match up to my Potato Head set.  The colors are all wrong, and I am quite sure asking Noah to match up body parts that are a different color than the ones on the pictures would push him over the edge.

So, if you own the Mr. Potato Head with the green hat, yellow arms and orange feet, pay the two bucks to Teachers Pay Teachers and get a very nice set of 18 sequencing strips.

For the rest of you, if you happen to buy the Costco Anniversary Edition with the set of two Potato Heads and your colors match mine, here’s a 7-step sequencing board just for you.

You can make this very easy by only setting out one set of arms, one set of feet, one set of ears, etc.  If you want to make it a little trickier, have multiple options out, but of course only one set will correctly match the picture.

To use this, give your child a Mr. Potato Head body and the various body parts in a box or on a tray.  The idea is they use the body parts to make their Potato Head match the pictures.  Show them the first picture and ask them, “Hmm.  What does Mr. Potato Head have?”  They should answer “shoes,” and choose the shoes from their box to put the Potato Head on.  For the next frame, ask, “Now what does Mr. Potato Head have?”  They should answer “mouth,” as they look for the mouth in their box.  Proceed through all seven frames in a similar fashion.

Mr. Potato Head seems like a popular speech therapy tool.  What’s your favorite way to use Mr. Potato Head in the journey towards speech?  If you’ve blogged about your experiences with this classic toy, don’t be shy – leave a link with your comment and let’s see how many ideas we can come up with.

Incidentally, a mom asked me the other day what I use to make my PEC boards.  This board was made using free software I downloaded at www.pictoselector.eu.  I also heavily rely on www.mrsriley.com, an inexpensive subscription-based service.  Both programs allow me to share my work with you, but the Mrs. Riley site would allow me to go for-profit as well.  (Don’t worry, that’s’ not going to happen any time soon.)

E is for Egg Cartons

And yet another fantastic alphabet activity from Pinterest that Noah absolutely loved:

(Here’s the original pin:)

Letter of the week – Egg Carton E

Let’s face it, arts and crafts are messy.  And it’s just not worth it to me to do 15 minutes of supply gathering and prep work in order to do a 5-minute activity followed by another 15 minutes of cleanup.  For what?  For an awesome project that might make it to the honorable mention sections of my wall and might not.

I loved the thriftiness, the look and the sensory appeal of this egg carton E, but what I loved even more is that I saw several ways to extend the use of this project.  Here’s my version:

Activity:  Egg carton E

Supplies:

  1. Egg carton cut into four sections:  One with five cups, three with two cups.
  2. Large piece of construction paper, cardstock or poster board.
  3. Bottled glue and a paintbrush.
  4. Permanent marker.

Directions:

  1. Draw an upper-case E on your poster board in the size that will be covered by your egg cartons.  Draw a smaller E underneath to serve as a model.
  2. Allow your child to paint glue onto the bottom of the egg carton segments and glue them on the cardboard E.  The longest segment should be used to form the vertical line of the E.
  3. Allow to dry and then hang or proceed to extension activities.

Extension Activity 1:  1:1 Pom Pom Correspondence

This extension activity is pretty self-explanatory, so I’ll let the picture do the talking – ice tongs, pom poms and your egg carton E.

Extension Activity 2:   Uppercase E and Lowercase E Egg Matching

Color Coding Labels, which can be found in the office supply section of your local store, are extremely helpful when it comes to multi-purposing materials.

For this activity, rather than try to fit my pen into the egg carton sections to write the letters, I wrote 5 uppercase E’s and 6 lowercase e’s on the stickers and then applied them to the egg carton sections.  When finished, this approach allows you either to simply remove the stickers and apply new ones, or you can apply a new sticker directly over the old ones. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Then I wrote the same number of E’s and e’s on plastic eggs.  Noah’s job was to match the uppercase and lowercase egg Es to the uppercase and lowercase E sections of the egg carton.  If I didn’t have so many plastic eggs to use up, I would have used the removable color coding labels on the eggs as well.

Learning Our ABC’s – Kinesthetic AND Orthographic Learning

I pulled out my copy of Little Hands to Heaven this morning and we got busy.  I’m slowly integrating letters and their sounds into Noah’s one-on-one time with me (well, sometimes Bella joins us), and this curriculum has got some ideas for teaching letters that are right up Noah’s alley.  For the letter A, they have a cute creation poem where every stanza starts with “A-a-Adam, can you believe . . .”  and then there’s also the bit about placing your hands on your cheeks as in surprise – a great visual and kinesthetic cue for the short a sound.

Another activity they had us do was to put painters tape on the floor in the shape of a lower-case A and walk around it toe to heel.  If you try this, make sure you have your child start at the same place on the “a” as you would start writing it, following the same directions he would if he were writing it.  This is a motor planning activity that is pre-wiring your child’s brain for writing.

I built onto this one by pulling out our alphabet bucket and having Noah place a-word objects on the letter “a” like this:

The plastic apples came from the thrift store – I knew I’d use them some day.   We also have alligators and an astronaut – a great opportunity to work on vocabulary and practice our sign for alligator (don’t even ask me what the sign for astronaut is).

I’m thinking I’ll just use PECs when we get to letters that I don’t have a lot of objects for.

If you’re hesitant about putting painters tape on your floor, invest in some poster board and just draw the letter you are working on.  Painters tape is advertised to remove cleanly for 14 days after application, so you should be okay.

We had a great time doing this this morning, and I’m already thinking of other things we could lay on our letter “a.”