Sunday, March 3, 2013

Irresistible Letter I (Alphabet Wall)


The letter I was incredible this week! We had a blast ice painting, making igloos, writing I’s with ink and quill (food color and feather) and having a icicle hunt and investigation! Oh yes and making and eating ice cream was of course loved by all!

For the rest of the Alphabet, go HERE!

Enjoy this
Irresistible I for
(Seedlings ~ preschool age)...

What we did for the Irresistible Letter I?...
Alphabet Wall: 
*Made Fingerprint Insects  ~ Insects are well loved around here and the boys have read many books and are quite knowledgeable on them. Depending on your little one’s love and knowledge for insects you may want to check a book out at the library for a reference while doing the Fingerprint Insects. Anyhow, all we did was use an ink (stamp) pad and make fingerprints on the letter I. Then the boys took pens to make the prints into different insects. Roly Poly my main bugeteer absolutely loved this (he also loves drawing so he got in to the detail). Firefly doesn’t share the same love for bugs or drawing but he did love making prints with the ink pad. Check out The Artful Child for a DIY Stamp Pad.

Books:
*Read Iguana on Ice  (Alpha Tales book) and The IJ Book (Bob Book Pre-Reader)

*Read some igloo books ~ Look Inside an Igloo by Mari Schuh, Building an Igloo by Ulli Steltzer and The Inside Story Igloo by Dana Meachen Rau

*Read a couple insect books ~ Insects Six-Legged Animals by Suzanne Slade and Insects are My Life by Megan McDonald

Art/Crafts:
*Ice Painting ~ This is easy prep and tons of fun! Just take some paint (or food color) and squeeze it in the bottom of an ice tray. Fill with water, stir and freeze. Then pop the paint cubes out on a plate and let the kids paint away with them. Every time we have done this the kids have spent quite a bit of time painting away!
 

*Marshmallow Igloos ~ squeeze half an orange (or use a spoon to scrape it out – can also use mandarins or grapefruit). Then the kiddos use a plastic knife to spread frosting on the dome part of the orange and then add marshmallows. Within a couple days the marshmallows and frosting will harden and they can play with their igloos. We added ours to our Edible Sensory Snow (although we don’t eat it).  
 

Activities:
*Ice Hunt and Investigation (or Insects depending on season) ~ Take a walk around to hunt for icicles (obviously a winter activity). We put all of the icicles we could find in pail and brought them back to the house for an investigation. The boys used a magnify glass to check them out up close, added water and snow to them and created ice sculptures!
 

Letter Formation:
*Made a body I ~ this one is easy as we just stand straight and tall

*Ink and Quill I, i's   ~ just put some food coloring in a small bowl (or lid) and use the end of a feather for a quill to practice writing I, i. You could also water down paint instead of food coloring.

Music and Movement:
*Sang  “The Ice Cream Man” ~ go to DLTK for lyrics

Snack:
*Made and ate ice cream ~ We have an ice cream maker but even if you don’t there are many great recipes online or you could just buy some. It would be fun to do an ice cream taste test!
  
More ideas…
*Go Ice Skating
*Read The Green Iguana and do an Iguana craft
....what else?

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