Monday, December 3, 2012

Dazzling Letter D (Alphabet Wall)



This has been a fun week for the letter D! First off we got to eat candy dots and who wouldn’t enjoy that? We also made some dot trees, did dot to dots and played with dinosaurs! The books about dots were also great and all of the boys enjoyed "reading" them back to me! We also tried dragon fruit! It was fun to predict what it would look like inside before I cut into it (none of us were right). It really doesn't have much flavor but it is fun to try! 

For the rest of the Alphabet, go HERE!

Enjoy this
Dazzling D for
(Seedlings ~ preschool age)...
What we did for the Dazzling Letter D?...
Alphabet Wall:
Dots ~ Stick sticky dots to the letter D.  We at first glued dots (the candy) to our D but they kept mysteriously disappearing so we made a new D with the sticky dots.

Books:
*Read Detective Dog and the Disappearing Doughnuts  (Alpha Tales book) and The CD Book (Bob Book Pre-Reader)

*Read some awesome Dot books ~ Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier, Dot by Patricia Intriago, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds


*Read many Dinosaur books (too many to list) ~ Three Little Dinosaurs by Charls Fuge, Digging up Dinosaurs by Aliki, Dinosaurs are Different by Aliki and Dinosaurs! by Gail Gibbons

Art/Crafts:
*Dotted Trees~ It is Christmas time around here so our trees are for Christmas but you can make any type of tree you want with the seasons – think apples and flowers and leaves! (directions coming soon – although you can kind of figure it out from the pics) First is hole punch w/ tissue glued behind for hanging in the window, next is dots w/ bingo markers and pom poms, buttons and circle sequins glued on, & last is hole punch trees on top of stripes.

*Paper plate Dinosaurs ~ We used paper plates to cut up and glue together to create our dinosaurs. The boys used bingo daubers to made the dinos dotted. They wanted them to stand uprights so we then added a paper towel tube with slits for the feet. Roly Poly also created a “prehistoric fish” – he just can’t get enough of fish!
 
Activities:
*Dot to Dots ~ I printed off some simple dot to dots for the kiddos to do and then to color.

*DIY Dot to Dots ~ Roly Poly liked one of the dinos in the books and wanted me to make a dot to dot of it so I just put a white piece of paper on top of the pic in the book and made dots all around. I drew the detailed part of it with a line (face and front legs) because I figured that would be hard to dot around). I then numbered the the dots so he could connect them. This was fun (although next time I will do less dots)! Let me know if you try one. 


*Dinosaur Dig ~ During nap time I buried a bunch of dinos in the dirt box (like a sand box but with dirt). When they woke up I sent them on a hunt! Easy and fun!

*Dinosaur Play ~ The boys just set up their dinos on the play table. They added blue paper for a swamp and green for a field. 

*Where's the Dino? ~ This was very fun! The inspiration for this was from the book Three Little Dinosaurs by Charls Fuge. The game has 3 cups and one dinosaur (must have been the 3 that was the inspiration - who knows?). Anyhow, you put the dinosaur under one of the cups, move them around and then the kiddos guess what cup the dino is under. The kids also had a turn hiding with me guessing as well. *I always think of baseball games when I think of this game - you know how they always do this on the big screen??


Letter Formation:
*D with bingo dauber  ~ I drew several D and d’s for the boys to trace with their daubers. 

*D with pipe cleaners

Music and Movement:
*Dinosaur Song~ Dancing to the song A Big Ol’ Dinosaur from DLTK
Snack:
*Doughnuts and Dragon Fruit ~ I thought D week was a great excuse to run get doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts and we also had some Dragon fruit (you must try it)!

More ideas…
Try our Dinosaur Dig that we did during our book club (the kiddos have to excavate the dinos out of hardened "rock"
Dolls
Ducks
Check this out from Teach Preschool! Very cute idea with dots!

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


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