Friday, October 5, 2012

Loveable Letter L (Alphabet Wall)

We have been working on the letter L! It is fall around here and the leaves are a big topic with all of the changing colors. It is so beautiful! Ladybugs have always also been a favorite at our house as they are a bug that everyone can love. We had fun watching them eat the aphids off of a sunflower plant this summer. They are also great to watch change from a larva to an adult. The larva looks nothing like the adult – very interesting! If you have never seen the change, get a Ladybug Land kit – it is well worth it!

For the rest of the Alphabet, go HERE!

Enjoy this
Loveable L
for (Seedlings ~ preschool age)...


What we did for the Loveable Letter L?...

Alphabet Wall:
*Leaves on L ~
We first went on a leaf hunt! Then we picked several leaves to preserve. We painted them with glycerin and glitter (for some sparkle) and then let them dry. You can also just press them in the middle of a book for a week or so to make them last. Then just glue them on the L!
 

Books:
*Read
The Lamb Who Loved to Laugh (Alpha Tales book) and The KL Book (Bob Book Pre-Reader)
*Read some Leaf Books!  We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, Leaves by David Ezra Stein, and Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert.



*Read some Ladybug Books!  Are You a Ladybug?  by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries, On My Leaf  by Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich, The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle and Helpful Ladybugs  by Molly Smith.
 

Art/Crafts:

*Leaf Necklaces~ Go here for easy instructions!

*Leaf Rubbings ~
This is a classic fall art project for kiddos to do each fall. Just grab some leaves and put the vein side facing up. Put a piece of paper on top. Then take an unwrapped crayon on its side and rub the paper where the leaf is. These can be difficult for little kids to do, so help out if needed. Be warned though, I think this can be pretty addicting for adults – you may have to set up your own so you don’t take over! 

*Framed Leaf Window Art ~
Check out here for instructions!

*Ladybug Window Hanging ~
I first drew a circle on a piece of contact paper before I took off the paper. Then I took the paper off so it was sticky. The kids  then put down white circles for eyes and black spots. Then they covered everything else with red tissue. Next I put another piece of contact paper  (sticky side down) on top of the red tissue and then cut out the circle. Lastly we used pipe cleaners for the antenna. Hang these in the window too!

Activities:
*Leaf Hunt and Play – Walk around the neighborhood to check out all of the different leaves - this can be done any time of year! Collect some and bring them home to inspect  or sort in to colors! If it is fall, rake up a big pile to jump in!

*Ladybug Count – Print off this Ladybug Spots Counting Printable. Cut out the bottom ladybugs (with the spots). Have your kiddo match the spots with the correct number. If they don’t know what the number looks like you might want to write the number on the back of the ladybug with spots (use pencil so once they have it you can erase).  

*Ladybug Jar – Make a recycled ladybug jar like this one from Creative Green Living!

Letter Formation:
*L w/ Sidewalk chalk 

*L with hands

Music and Movement:
*”I’m a Little Ladybug song” ~ This is to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"
 I'm a little ladybug,
you can see.
I am a beetle,
pretty as can be.
I am brightly colored,
red and black.
Look at the pretty spots
on my back
 
Snack:
*Ziplock Lemonade and Limeade ~ Have a test test and see if they like lemonade or limeade better! Check out this easy ziplock version!
 

More ideas…
Lines
Lizards

Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Loveable L!
Happy Teaching!
~Sara
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