Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Preschool Activities: Letter of the Week {Bb}

by Tiffany Rudd
Snack Ideas:
      * Let Your Child Shop! It was Brooklyn's turn to bring our preschool snack on a Bb day, so we headed to the store together to look for food that begin with the letter Bb. It was a good reminder for me that quite often the best learning activities are child directed. We walked the isles together with Brooklyn repeating "Bb says Buh!" over and over again and testing out different items that looked good to her. It went something like this with each new item..."Ch-Ch-Chips. Nope, not a Bb" I just enjoyed listening to her practice her beginning sounds and helped when needed. She ended up with Big Bold Gummy Bears, Teddy (Bear) Grams and Blue Squeeze-It drinks. Not the healthiest of snacks, but she found every Bb item and I was incredibly proud! :)

      * Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
      *The Berenstains' B Book by Stan and Jan Berenstain

      * Bear Day! Our big Bb activity this year was a "bear day" where each of the kids were invited to bring a teddybear from home. We sorted the bears by color and clothing, ordered them from smallest to biggest, and even danced with our bears. Gather as many stuffed bears as you have around the house (or invite the neighbor kids and their bears), and have your own bear party!
      * Comparing Bears: I created a simple book for my preschoolers to graph the information we gathered on our bears. Just print out the "Let's Compare Bears!" book and the bear cards to go with it. Have your child cut out the bear cards and then clue them on each page's graph based on your bear collection. For example, on the size page you would divide your bears into small, medium and large groups. Then just glue one bear card above the category for each stuffed bear that is that size. You can see in the photo below that in our class we had 2 big bears, 2 medium sized bears, and 3 small bears.

      * Button Sort: Click on the photo below to find instructions for this simple and fun activity.

Free Printables:
      *Click on the photos below to print the Bb practice worksheet and the Bb flashcards.

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