Last time, we enjoyed the letter A activities. This week, we're dancing to the letter D.
Words that begin with the letter D are: Dance, dog, duck, Dad, dimple, dinosaur, dishes, dump truck, and dinner.
Arts & Crafts:
- Check out D is for Daisy over at Green Olives & Ham.
- No Time For Flashcards has great letter of the week crafts including D is for Duck.
- Use a disc or other circular object and some foam or felt to make the face of a dog, duck, or dinosaur.
- Print out some dinosaur coloring pages.
- Let the children make art using the Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Stamp Set.
Math & Science:
- Use a dishpan to setup a sensory table. Fill the dishpan with paper and include photos of letter D items like a door, dishes, dog, and dinosaur. You could also fill the dishpan with sand and include some shovels, a digger or dump truck, and other sand toys for digging in the sand.
- Give each child some dice. Ask them to roll the dice and count the dots. Talk about whose dice has the largest and smallest number of dots.
- Create some diamond shapes and other shapes using paper or foam. Hide them in different spots around the room and ask the children to go on a scavenger hunt in search of the diamond shapes.
- Using the diamond shapes from above in different sizes, have the children put them in order from smallest to largest or largest to smallest.
- Turn your dramatic play area into a Doctor's or Dentist's office. Have some scrubs available for the children to dress up in. Include a stethoscope and other "medical equipment", clipboard, stuffed animals and dolls as patients. If you have enough space, setup a waiting room with chairs and books.
- Turn your dramatic play area into a diner. Setup a small table and some chairs. Include a menu, bread basket, pitcher for water, play food, a chalkboard with the specials listed, cash register, a host (ess) desk and server station.
Music & Movement:
- Take out the toy drums so the children can play and dance.
- While the children are playing drums, sing some of these letter D songs.
- Play musical diamonds with the diamond shapes from the Math & Science activities. Write some simple instructions on the diamond shape like jump, dance, sing a song, etc. Place the diamonds in a circle. Play music, as the children walk around the circle. When the music stops, the children are asked to do what is written on the diamond.
- Attend a dance program with your children. The Itsy Bitsy Music center in Amesbury has dance and music classes for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.
- Visit a local diner. Boston has some retro diners including Zoe's Kitchen in Cambridge and Johnny's Luncheonette with locations in Newton and Cambridge.
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