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I created a simple magnet exploration work. I used a play dough mat from my printable pack (available for free at the end of this post) and placed magnetic tape on top of the letters. I presented these small, round magnets alongside the work. Y had to simply place the magnets on top of the letter.
I created a tracing printable. The idea was simply for Y to trace along the dotted lines. Note: Gift starts with the letter we are studying in Russian.
The English printable:
A sort of 'pin pricking' work. This was the first time Y ever did something like this. The toothpicks actually worked very effectively, but Y didn't have the patience for it and grabbed scissors to cut the letter out about 1/4 of the way through.
Art and crafts
This week, I didn't set up a sand tray. I simply didn't want to deal with a mess of a sand tray, salt tray, getting it stuck on my wheels and blah. Instead, I used the cards I created for that printable for a b is for button craft:
Because bird starts with Bb, we also glued feathers onto our letter. Feather in Russian actually starts with the letter we are studying so this fit for our theme perfectly again!
Another fun activity you can do after your child completes both of the above crafts is have them trace the letters with their finger. Have them compare the textures of the feathers and the buttons. These are great sensory works and fabulous for pre-writing!
Next, we also have a painting work similar to something we did last week during our letter A theme. I actually put this printable together last minute specifically because Y loved it so much last week. And guess what? He did not touch it. Not once. Go figure.
Granted our shelves were incredibly full so there was a lot to choose from!
A simple colouring or painting printable, which Y immediately requested to do! He painted the letter very carefully and did pretty well at keeping within the lines given that he requested to use the biggest paintbrush we have in the house.
The English version:
He looooved this next one. I don't know whether to categorize this really as science, pre-writing or a craft, but we had so much fun with it regardless! I bought some magnetic tape recently and Y was so excited about. You guys, I cannot tell you how something so simple as a new type of tape can catch a child's attention and leads to so, so, so much concentration. I attribute Y's first attempt at writing to this tape.
Okay, I'm getting carried away. So what did we do with it?
A few things really. First, I created a simple printable for Y to make a letter п using popsicle sticks. However, after putting it together, Y noticed the magnet work and the magnetic tape. He insisted on using this tape to: tape together the green popsicle stick letter, place onto the back of the blue one, and without using any reference, made a magnetic tape letter п on our board.
The letter he made from the tape he did on his own without using a printable, and for some reason, I hadn't expected that he would be ready to do that. We have done a lot of pre-writing but he's never actually written or made a letter free hand.
And then, he grabbed some chalk and told me he wanted to write the letter! I explained that it was a line down, across, and down. I made one with him together. And then he filled the entire chalkboard we have in the room with the letter! Sensitive period???
This was a very effective activity. I really noticed here that Y understood what we learned this week as well as last week.
Here, I used a printable I created with kids and a chalkboard. I taped a popsicle stick to the back of each chalkboard. Y had to sort the kids based on the letter on their chalkboards. I used a different font for each letter. I used chalkboard tapeon the cups to write the letters on there. Y also loved this tape, but not quite as much as the magnetic one.
The English version:
This work I randomly thought of but ended up being very effective. I simply took popsicle sticks and wrote letters on each side. I only included a & b (if you are doing this in English) so we would review last week's letter as well as the one we are learning this week. I made a variety of letter combinations (aa, ab, ba, and bb). The idea was for Y to make a 'road' using the sticks. I laid the first one down, and he got to place the next ones, making sure to match the letters.
After he was done taking over the kitchen and blocking my wheelchair in completely with the sticks, he grabbed some cars and we drove them on his road. I guess if he wants to play, blocking in my wheelchair with the toys/activity he wants to do is a fabulous way to get my attention.
Upper and lower case sorting
Y sorted upper and lower case letters using this bird printable mat (available for free at the end of this post).
Letter cut and paste
This idea definitely was inspired by the lovely letter a cutting work Amruta had set up for her son last week! Be sure to see her Letter A works for some wonderful trays!
I simply made a set of letter a cards and letter b cards (Russian equivalent for my son) in different fonts. Y had to cut out the letter cards and glue them on the corresponding mat.
Y also enjoyed putting together this bird puzzle printable. If you kiddo likes glue as much as mine, you could have them glue the strips in place. Or, for future use, laminate the pieces and add velcro to the back. Y adores velcro works.
Because birds start with B (and so does blue), I created a practical life tray with feathers. The clothes pin mimics the beaks of birds and is to be used to transfer the feathers from the compartment on the left to the compartment on the right.
Tonging yellow and black pom poms (representing bees) into two cups.
Types of birds 3 part cards
Bird life cycle
The letter binder works were similar to last week's:
- I spy mat
- Letter maze
- Shape matching and visual discrimination
- Prewriting tracing practice
We haven't been doing much with sensory bins before starting letter of the week, but Y has been enjoying them quite a lot. For this one, I added items that start with the letter we are working on as well as letter cards with different fonts on each card. On the back, I put a small strip of that magnetic tape I keep talking about.
Y dug out the cards, said the letter sound, and stuck the letters onto his white board.
English letter cards: