Thursday, July 26, 2012

ABC's


Book Suggestions:

ABC:  A Child's First Alphabet Book by Allison jay
Dr. Seuss's ABCs by Dr. Seuss
Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr.
Eric Carle's ABC by Eric Carle
ABC by Matthew Porter
Thomas's ABC Book by W. Awdry
Max's ABC by Rosemary Wells
The Alphabet by Melanie Watt

Activities:

Photo Books:
Materials:  Camera, 4X6 photo album
Description:  Sing or say the alphabet with your toddler.  Take your toddler on a walk around your house, bringing your camera along.  Find an object that begins with each letter of the alphabet and take a picture of it.  You could give your toddler a camera of their own to take their own pictures also.  Once you have taken all 26 pictures, write “A is for and the name of the picture” on each one using text on your computer or a marker.  Print the pictures and put them in a 4X6 photo album, creating your own alphabet book.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot beginning sound recognition, teach your tot language development



Write Letters:
Materials:  paper, markers, crayons, paint, finger-paint, any other writing utensils
Description:  Practice writing letters of the alphabet using a variety of fun writing utensils.  If your toddler is still too young to write letters, have them trace letters, or practice writing lines or loops that will eventually create letters.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot pre-writing skills

Sand Paper or Felt Letters:
Materials:  sand paper or felt, glue, paper
Description:  You can make texture letters for your toddler to trace with their fingers.  Simply trace or draw each letter onto sand paper or felt.  Cut out each letter and glue it to a piece of paper.  Take your toddler's finger and trace each letter, saying the name of the letter and the sound that it makes.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition


Magnet Letters:
Materials:  magnet letters (if you don’t have these you can make your own using cardboard or foam sheets and small magnets)
Description:  Give your toddler a variety of magnet letters and a chalk board or other magnetic surface.  Let them manipulate the letters for awhile by themselves.  After a few minutes, play with your toddler and their letters, naming them and making their sounds.  Put the letters in order from A-Z and sing the alphabet song with your little one.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound development, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot language development

Find Letters:
Materials:  newspaper magazines or books, highlighter
Description:  Give your toddler different reading sources (be sure the text is big enough for your toddler to see).  Pick a letter and show it to your toddler.  See if your toddler can find this letter in the text.  Your toddler can use a highlighter to highlight the letter each time they find it.  You can do several letters using different color highlighters!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot pre-reading skills

Type Letters:
Materials:  computer (you can use a child's computer if you do not want your little one manipulating your computer!)
Description:  Show your toddler a keyboard.  Show them all the different letters on the keyboard.  Call out a letter, show it to your toddler and see if they can find it and press the letter, typing it onto the screen!  You could have them find and type all the letters in their name.  Print the letters that they type for them to hold and see!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to develop basic computer skills, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot motor skill development

Write your name:
Materials:  writing utensils, paper, chalkboard, magnadoodle etc.
Description:  This is a great week to have your toddler practice writing their name.  Use a variety of writing utensils to make it fun for your little one.  You can also give them chalk and have them write on a chalkboard, or practice writing on a magnanoodle. Using their finger, your little one can even practice writing their name in the sand or in shaving cream!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to learn the letters in their name, teach your tot to develop writing skills


Sand Letters:
Materials:  sand, plastic letters
Description:  Fill a sand table or bucket with sand.  Bury plastic letters in the sand and give your toddler a spoon or shovel to dig all the letters out.  When they find a letter and take it out, see if they can tell you what letter it is and what sound it makes (Or you tell them the name and sound of each letter).  See if your toddler can find all 26 letters.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development

Sponge Letters:
Materials:  sponge letters (found at craft stores or make your own by cutting sponges into different letter shapes), paint, paper
Description:  Have your toddler dip sponge letters into paint and stamp them onto paper.  As they stamp each letter tell your toddler what letter it is and what sound it makes.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development

Sign the letters:
Description:  Sign the letters of the alphabet over and over again throughout the week with you toddler.  Visit Starfall for a great tutorial for kids on how to sign each letter.

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Shaving Cream or Sand Writing:
Materials:  shaving cream, sand, a large cookie tray
Description:  Cover a large cookie tray with either shaving cream or sand.  Help your toddler practice writing their letters in the shaving cream and/or sand.  This is great for sensory development and they will have a blast doing it as well!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot to write letters, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to recognize letters, teach your tot sensory development

Alphabet Soup:
Materials:  a large bowl or bucket, yarn, letters (small magnet letters would work great)
Description:  Fill a large bucket or bowl with yarn and small letters.  Talk to your toddler about how this is alphabet soup.  The yarn is the noodles and they have to find all the letters in the soup.  Give your toddler a spoon and see if they can remove all the letters from the “soup.”  Have your little one name the letter and sound that it makes as they take it out of the bowl.
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to follow directions

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom:
Materials:  construction paper (brown and green), a cookie sheet, clear packaging tape, magnet letters
Description:  Cut out a large coconut tree from brown and green construction paper and tape it to a cookie sheet (clear packaging tape works best).  Read the Book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to your toddler and as you call out each letter have your little one move the magnet letter up the coconut tree!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot listening skills, teach your tot motor skill development

Matching Letters:
Materials:  file folder, write or print all 26 letters (2 times each), glue, clothes pins
Description:  Glue all 26 letters around the edges of the inside of a file folder.  Let the glue dry before you close the folder.  Glue the other set of letters onto clothes pins (one letter one each clothes pin).  Let the glue dry.  Help your toddler match each letter together by pinning the letter on the clothes pin on top of the matching letter on the file folder.  See if you toddler can name the letter and say its sound.  Do this for them if they are too young!
Skills Targeted:  teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot to match letters, teach your tot letter sounds, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot to follow directions



Songs and Finger plays:

Alphabet Song:
Sing the ABCs with your toddler.  Hold up each letter as your sing!

A-Alligator:

A-Alligator (clap clap clap)
B-Ball (clap clap clap)
C-Cat (clap clap clap)
D-Dinosaur (clap clap clap)
E-Elevator (clap clap clap)
F-Feather (clap clap clap)
G-Gorilla (clap clap clap)
H-Hippo (clap clap clap)
I-Insect (clap clap clap)
J-Jaguar (clap clap clap)
K-Kangaroo (clap clap clap)
L-Lion (clap clap clap)
M-Monkey (clap clap clap)
N-Night (clap clap clap)
O-Octopus (clap clap clap)
P-Pumpkin (clap clap clap)
Q-Queen (clap clap clap)
R-Rhino (clap clap clap)
S-Sand (clap clap clap)
T-Talk (clap clap clap)
U-Umbrella (clap clap clap)
V-Vulture (clap clap clap)
W-Walrus (clap clap clap)
X-X-ray (clap clap clap)
Y-Yak (clap clap clap)
Z-Zero (clap clap clap)

Online Fun:

Videos:
www.sesamestreet.org has some fun videos all about the ABCs and much more!

Show me a Sign

Piggies Alphabet

The ABC Song

Coloring:
www.coloring.ws has great Alphabet coloring pages that you can print for your toddler to color or paint.

Snacks:

Cookies: Ingredients:  alphabet cookie cutters, cookie dough, rolling pin, cookie sheet
Directions:  make cookie dough according to packaging directions.  Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and on a rolling pin and have your toddler roll out the cookie dough.  Your little one can press each letter cookie cutter into the dough.  Place the letter cookies onto a cookie sheet and bake according to the packaging directions.  As your toddler eats the cookie, have them tell you what letter it is and what sound it makes.

Eating the alphabet:
Directions:  Throughout the week, have your toddler choose snacks that begin with the letters of the alphabet.  For example, ask them to find a snack that begins with A (apple, avocado) or B (banana).  You could also serve your toddler a variety of snacks and talk to them about what letter they begin with.

Alpha-bits Cereal:
This is a great snack for your toddler to eat. See if they can name the letters and their sounds as they eat them!

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