Check out the post, How I Use Letters of the Week, to see how I introduce the letter each day! On literacy day, I use activities like these to extend the learning.
Let the littles play with some TAPE, trying to produce a letter T or t. Kids love tape! (just be careful if it's the scotch kind with the sharp /t/ /t/ teeth).
Set out some TOOTHPICKS and let them make more t's. Challenge them to make /t/ /t/ ten letter t's.
Another fun challenge is to have them build "T" towers! Give them some blocks and a ruler, or piece of cardboard (for the horizontal line), and invite them to make a letter T. When they master that (perhaps with a bit of advice or modelling), have them attempt the lowercase 't'!
I'm a bit bummed today because I was really looking forward to making tie-dye shirts with the littles :( But no time to cry over spilt milk (spilled)?!? On with the alternate crafts...
A simple one like this TREE can be made with relatively little mess! Click the pic for instructions. If you don't have tissue paper you can let them find a variety of green pages in magazines or flyers. Most of the littles will need help cutting the squares. You can cut length wise strips and after you show them how to hold scissors, let them do the cut across the thin part to make a square (wow, that is hard to explain!!) They will need some assistance with glue as well!. If you're using white glue (not the stick) remind them, "Just a dot, not a lot!"
TIE DYE with TOOTHPICKS is fun but if you care about the final product, the results will be better if you first model the activity for the littles and talk about the steps involved BEFORE they touch the materials :) During the activity, a bit of coaching on when to stop is very helpful before it becomes a jumbled brown mess! But don't forget, a jumbled mess is beautiful too...and it was fun doing it! Perhaps they can try a few!! Click the pic for a tutorial.
Story time! Choose any letter T book you wish (if you don't have one I provided a Seuss book below - it's in song version!). Don't forget to let them find the letter T in the TITLE (woah.../t/ /t/ title!!) and have them help you sound out the word, eg /t/ /o/ /p/. Discuss the author and let them why his name is on the book.
Ask the littles if they know what /t/ /t/ tennis is. Surprisingly many don't, or at least don't realize it's called tennis. Show them some You Tube videos and tell them to watch the ball go back and forth - that's the action of the son, turning your head like you're watching a tennis game.
Sing some other T songs!
Here is a great one to sing each day! We don't sing it as often as I would like to (they are always begging for freeze dance!!!) but the littles should know it!
For extended play, I suggest using tape in any number of activities. Have them see how many TOYS they can fit in a TAPED TRIANGLE. Or, TOSS some TINFOIL balls at a TARGET.../t /t/ too much fun!! There are also /t/ /t/ tons of ideas on the net, like these ones from Hands on as we Grow!
Laura from Evergreen
I've started this page during the COVID break to help the kiddos continue learning at home. Most activities can be done with kids of all ages if parents vary the level of content, participation and discussion appropriate to each child! (differentiated instruction). Before the break we were at letter S. Visit our facebook page for letter A-R activities at https://www.facebook.com/evergreenacademy.ca/