At the beginning of our letter exploration, we start by looking at the letter and tracing this letter with our fingers. During this time, I make the sound that that particular letter makes and LC repeats it back to me.We use an alphabet placemat for this portion. We then sing the ABC song, putting emphasis on the letter we will be learning about. Since the school year is back in full swing, I’m not with LC all day anymore. Ugh! We now take about 5 to 7 days to get through each letter. You may find that that time frame is either too long, or too short, for your own little one, but it works for us.
The idea behind OUR letter units is to provide opportunities for hands on learning that allow LC to learn each of her letters, the sounds they make, and to make real world connections with these letters, while also touching on other concepts and subject areas. For example, when we were working on the letter A, we learned that the word “apple” starts with A. Rather than just leaving it at that, we took that opportunity to learn more about apples. How they grow, what colors they come in, the different ways we can use them, and so on. There is an opportunity to learn something new every single day and we fully plan on taking advantage of these opportunities. Here are our activity and projects ideas all about the letter E ! Check out our previous post: ” Exploring The Letter D : Dogs, Ducks, and Dinosaurs ” .
This week, we dove into the world of eggs! We learned all about the different ways that eggs are used, which animals produce eggs, and how much LC is not a fan of eating them!
Here are the egg activities we did this week:
Order Up! – This was a cooking activity we did together. Well, tried to do. LC is not a fan of eggs lately and even with us making them together, she REFUSED to try them. Activity failed! However, if your child is a fan of eggs, this would be a really cool activity for you all to try. We prepared our eggs in different ways, scrabbled, fried, and hard boiled, to see which one we liked better. You know our results, so hopefully yours will go better than ours !
Egg Hunt – We set up an egg hunt in our home. Much like what you do for Easter, we walked around the house with a basket hunting for eggs. We love to find activities that keep LC moving and this one was great! Rather then candy, we decided to just have stickers inside the eggs. We wanted an activity that …
Egg Basket Counting Activity –
I love when we find projects that can be used over and over again! We’ll make a mask and LC plays with it for a few days and then it’s done. This project has been hanging on our refrigerator all week and she continues to interact with it!
Step 1: Take your white piece of construction paper. Using a black marker, draw 5 eggs and a title for the page. As you can see, we also wrote capital and lowercase Es around the paper as well. Let your little one color this page and remember to use this opportunity to review the text on the page, pointing out the Es.
Step 2: Now that you have beautiful colored eggs, you’ll want to cut these out for the next portion of this activity. To make our eggs more durable for future use, we glued them to pieces of thin cardboard ( leftover cracker box 🙂 ).
Step 3: Take your brown piece of paper and fold it in half. Draw an outline of what shape you want your next to be in. Cut this next out and staple the sides of your nest together, making a little pocket. Take your nest and glue it to your piece of green paper.
We added some text to our paper and stuck it to our refrigerator for LC to use. She love this sheet! She counts the eggs as she is putting them in the basket, say the E letter sound, and ” E for Eggs “. This is a great way for her to review on her own, improve her math skills and fine motor skills as well!
Coloring Eggs –
Who says you can only color eggs at Easter ?!
Using our colorful cups, we filled them up with water and mixed in some food dye. I had boiled eggs that morning for our project, which gave us plenty of time for them to cool down. However, LC insisted to hold them with a towel because she saw me doing that earlier in the morning. She colored each egg with a white crayon and CAREFULLY placed them in the different colors of water. If you’ve ever read any of our other posts involving water before, you’ll know that LC loves to splash! We had a good talk before this project that splashing WAS NOT HAPPENING this time. Thankfully for us, she listened, but was definitely tempted! We let our eggs hang out in the water for about 5 minutes. You could certainly go longer, but with an impatient 2 year old, 5 minutes was perfect!
Our egg unit was very informative and LC had a lot of fun! I think her favorite part was dyeing the eggs. She would get so excited to see the eggs come out of the colored water and see her drawings on them. This project was incredibly easy to put together and I would recommend trying it with your little ones! If you have a few eggs in the house, a white crayon, and some food dye, it’s definitely worth a try. Not to mention, you can have a great snack afterwards! LC practically ran from us when we tried to get her to taste the hard boiled egg, so good luck !
Our video selection for this portion of our unit:
Like most two year olds, Lyanna LOVES Elmo! I thought it would be fun for her to include him in our letter E unit. We obviously had no problem keeping her engaged in this busy bag activity. Busy bags are something new for us. If you are unfamiliar with them, busy bags are Montessori-inspired educational games for toddlers or preschoolers. They are simple games that children can play by themselves or with an adult. For our Elmo portion of our letter E unit, we created a very simple busy bag game. Here are the supplies you will need to create your own Elmo Busy Bag:
This busy bag is incredibly easy to put together! Using the supplies listed above, you can create this bag in less than 10 minutes. Cut out the following items from your felt sheets:
Red Felt: Cut out an oval.
White Felt: Cut out two circles.
Orange Felt: Cut out one circle, about the same size as the two white circles.
Black Felt: Cut out a crescent moon and two smaller circles.
I told you! Super easy 🙂 . To store your busy bag items, use a small Ziploc bag or box. During this portion of our letter unit, we read all of our Elmo books and watched a few Elmo videos. Rather than “learning” about Elmo like how we have been for our topics, we thought LC would just enjoy something fun! While playing with these items on her own, she was stating and pointing out the shapes she recognized. Proud moment!
Elmer The Elephant was one of my favorite books when I worked with preschoolers. The images are captivating and the message of the story is so on point with children just starting to go to school. If this book isn’t in your library, it should be! During this portion of our letter unit, we read Elmer The Elephant and also explored the world of elephants in general. …… Here are a few activities and projects we did to learn about and explore elephants:
Jungle Sensory Bin – Green rice and jungle figurines. Just these two items kept LC engaged for almost an hour! Eventually we added a shovel and a few cups, but seriously, this is one of the easiest sensory bins we’ve put together!
Elephant Dance – Obviously we’ve spent a good amount of our time this week imitating the sound an elephant makes, but we’ve also been learning about more of their habits and movements. This was a fun activity for us to do together. It was a time to be silly and move our bodies! You can find the link for this song and dance below in our video section.
Elmer The Elephant –
Of course we had to do a project involving Elmer! This project is easy to put together and it provides another opportunity to incorporate text into your toddler’s activities. We drew our elephant sheet ourselves, but it that isn’t your thing, click here to get an elephant printable. For this project, you will need:
Different colored paper squares
We pre-cut all of our paper squares and presented LC with this pile of colors and a glue stick. All we did was read the text on the paper, show her that we could “color” Elmer with the squares, and LC pointed out and traced each letter E. We let her explore the colors ( and the glue stick, which found it’s way into her hair! Oh well, bath night anyways 🙂 ) and where she wanted to place them on her paper. While she was working, we also talked about the things she remembered from Elmer’s story and what other things we’ve learned about elephants and the letter E.
Our video resources for this portion of our unit:
That concludes our unit on the letter E! This unit was a big challenging to get through now that my days are spent in a classroom. We have evenings to work on our letter unit now and I actually like that. Yes, it’s a shorter amount of time and there are a million other things to do once we all get home, but this gives us something to do TOGETHER. It’s now a time that we all look forward to at the end of the day. We get to cuddle, talk, and just be with each other after our long days. We hope that our letter E unit has been helpful for you and has given you some great ideas to try with your own little one. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so that our latest posts get sent to you directly! Keep an eye out for our upcoming post: ” Exploring The Letter F: Fish, Flowers, and Frogs ”
We will be opening our Etsy shop for COFLH very soon! We’ve been hard at working making supplies for sensory activities and educational units for kids. Keep an eye out for our grand opening announcement! Here is a link to our inspirational Etsy shop, LC Designs. Here, you can find handmade items that are meant to inspire, motivate, and inspire. Click the image below 🙂