Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Perfect Letter P (Alphabet Wall)



We had fun with the letter P! It is great because you can do pumpkins or penguins or both! The boys and I enjoy pumpkins because we always grow a few different varieties and they are so cool to watch grow. It is interesting to see them flower and be pollinated and then you watch a tiny little ball form into amazing pumpkins. We have had a good time using the seeds as well.

Penguins are just plain old cute! There are some great books about penguins and they always look adorable in craft and art projects! Have fun with the letter P!

For the rest of the Alphabet,
go HERE!

Enjoy this
Perfect P
for (Seedlings ~ preschool age)...


What we did for the Perfect Letter P...

Alphabet Wall:
*Sponge Paint Penguins ~
Cut sponges into ovals and kiddos paint them with black paint and stamp them down onto the P. Once they are dry your kiddo can dip their finger or thumb into white paint and paint the belly of the penguin. Add googly eyes and an orange beak for a super cute penguin!

Or we have also done:
*Fist Pumpkin Prints ~ While making a fist, kiddos dip the part of their fingers between the first and second knuckles in orange paint and make a print. They then add a green fingerprint stem! (Idea from Joyfully Weary blog

Books:
*Read  The Pig’s Picnic (Alpha Tales book) and The OP Book (Bob Book Pre-Reader)

*Read some Penguin books!  Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Bob Barner, Penguins 1 2 3 by Kevin Scahfer, Penguins! By Gail Gibbons, Color-By-Penguins by Ed Heck, Penguins by Liz Pichon and Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. 
 
*Read a ton of Pumpkin books – here are a few!  Pumpkin Town by Katie McKy, Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson, Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino and From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer.
 


Art/Crafts:
*Pumpkin fist prints~ After reading Five Little Pumpkins we made these Five Little Pumpkins sitting on a gate with fist prints (see above). We also made these at Hornet’s kindergarten fall party!

*Penguin Ornament~ The boys loved making these! You blow the inside out of a raw egg (poke holes in top and bottom with a push pin and then blow with your mouth over the hole so that the egg comes out of the other hole). Then you wash and dry the empty egg. Kiddos paint the egg black while leaving an oval shape on one side for the belly. Once that is dry they can glue the eyes and an orange beak. We used an orange pipe cleaner to make feet and then we pushed the rest of the pipe cleaner through to the top hole so that we could attach the yarn to hang on the tree. These are so cute!
  
Activities:
*Pumpkin Bowling – Set up toilet paper/paper towel rolls and let them bowl them down with a pumpkin for a bowling ball. We also set up dinos that they bowled down – this was fun!   

*Decorate Pumpkins  with Screws and such– Decorating pumpkins with screws, nails and golf tees is my favorite and the boys love it too. Teach them how to be careful with a hammer and then give them a handful of things to pound in their pumpkin. Roly Poly made his into a face but Firefly just liked to get in as many screws as he could! We have also had fun painting and putting stickers on pumpkins for decorations too!

*Penguin Fishing Game – This is such a fun game from Criss-CrossApplesauce! It is great for practicing numbers and colors!

Letter Formation:
*P w/ paint bag  

Music and Movement:
*Penguin Song~ This is a fun song with actions! Check it out at Macaroni Soup


Snack:
*Popcorn, papaya and pomegranate ~ You could also do peaches, pears, pickles, peanut butter,... (there are so many p-foods)!

 More ideas…
Pigs
Popcorn

Check out our Pumpkin Treasure Hunt!
 Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Perfect P!
Happy Teaching!
~Sara


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