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 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 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 all about the letter V ! Be sure to check out our previous post: ” Exploring The Letter U: Umbrellas and Unicorns “.
Eating our vegetables has never really been a problem for us, THANKFULLY, but for many parents, the struggle is REAL! If you are finding yourself in that situation, here are some activities and project ideas for learning about vegetables, how they grow, why they are essential to our a well-balanced diet, and to experiment. We’ve listed some of our own project ideas, but we also searched around for other ideas to help children of all ages learn about vegetables and encourage them to eat the rainbow!
Here are the activities we did for this portion of our exploration of the letter V:
Zucchini Muffins –
Zucchini Muffins are a staple in our household. The best part about these tasty snacks? They’re sweet and taste nothing like a vegetable! Which is the goal when trying to your picky eater to get their veggies in for the day. Check out this simple muffin recipe from our post ” Cooking With Toddlers: Yummy Zucchini Muffins “. We promise you won’t be disappointed !
Felt Vegetable Garden –
Last Christmas, we made this adorable felt garden for LC. This is a great dramatic play activity for little ones and it’s actually pretty easy to put together yourself after a quick trip to a craft store. As far are the container for the garden, we used an old diaper box and covered it with fabric. You can find wooden crafts at your local craft store, but using this old diaper box was more convenient for us and allowed us to re-purpose rather than throwing the box out. We didn’t take pictures of the creation process for our box, but here is an AMAZING tutorial post that gives you step by step directions on how you can create your own box. Seriously, this tutorial is amazing and I kind of wish I had it when I made ours last year!
Vegetable Coloring Sheets – Here is a link to the coloring sheets and “try something new ” chart we used for this portion of our letter exploration unit.
Here are some great links to other blogs and sites for more veggie themed educational connects and project ideas:
Here are the videos we used for this portion of this unit:
The science and discussion that goes into a properly executed volcano unit is a bit over our 2 year old’s head, but it was still fun introducing her to this subject area. We talked about the basics of a volcano and introduced her to some new words like lava, erupt, and so on. While the concept may be advanced for LC’s age group, the discussion and hands on experience provides an opportunity to build vocabulary and ignite a scientific curiosity!
Here are the activities we did for this portion of our letter V exploration:
Colorful Volcano –
To create your own colorful volcanoes, you will need baking soda, white vinegar, food coloring, dish soap, and several small containers.
First, add your baking soda and dish soap to the ramekins or containers you will be using for your volcanoes. We added about 1/3 of a cup to each container and about 1/2 tbsp of dish soap. Remember that this is a messy project, so be sure to either do this activity outside or on a surface that can easily be cleaned up.
Next, in another container, combine your vinegar and food coloring. When you are all set for your ” explosion ” simply add your vinegar mixture SLOWLY to your baking soda.
Tissue Paper Volcano –
Simple assembling projects like this focus on building fine motor skills. To do this project, you will need construction paper, in two different colors, red and orange tissue paper, and a glue stick. Simple tear or cut your tissue paper into small pieces and cut out a volcano shape from one of your pieces of construction paper. Glue your volcano on to your other piece of paper and let your little ones get busy adding the ” lava ” to their piece.
Volcano Coloring Sheets – Here is a link to the volcano coloring sheets we used for this portion of our letter exploration unit
Here are the videos we enjoyed for this portion of our letter unit:
It is never too early, or too late for that matter, to introduce your children to music and various musical instruments. We’ve been talking about different kinds of instruments and what sounds that make, so for this unit we decided to focus on one that doesn’t get that much attention these days!
Here are the activities we did for this portion of our letter unit:
Traditional V For Violin –
Gather some construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, and a sharpie for this project. Select one piece of construction paper that will serve as your background. Make sure that you have a brown piece of construction paper to create your violin. On your piece of brown paper, trace out a violin shape and a bow. You can either free hand this violin or use this link as a template. Once you have your violin and bow outline, cut them out and add the violin’s features using your sharpie. Using another piece of construction paper, in a different color, cut out the letter V and add this detail to your violin. Hand over the glue stick to your little ones and let them assemble their violin piece.
Here are the videos we used for this portion of our unit:
And that concludes another letter exploration unit! Thanks for reading about our exploration and we hope you try one of these activities during your own letter of the week units! Check out our next letter post ” Exploring The Letter W: Whales, Watermelons, and Weather “.
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