Rainbow Resource Room
|A collection of early childhood
activities that enhance letter recognition and vocabulary. Plus activity
plans based on classic picture books and nursery rhymes.
Letter of the Week Box
Promote learning the letters of the alphabet with this weekly activity from Teresa B.
Materials: Assortment of magazines for cutting, 4-5 items starting with the letter of the week and a shoe box.
Description: In advance teachers cut pictures from magazines that start with the letter of the week and glue them to the sides of a shoe box. Collect items that start with the letter of the week and place them in your box.
During circle time pass the box around and have each child pull one item out of the box and identify it. Explain to the children that all these items begin with the letter of the week. Each week that a new letter is introduced cut out pictures and add to your letter box.
Comments: We do this activity each time we introduces a new letter. As we continue this activity we have a large box that we place the items from each week into and the children revisit the box to review and play on their own. By the end of the year we have several items in the large box for each of the letters in the alphabet.
Materials: 1 red apple, 1 yellow apple, 1 green apple and cut outs of apples in all 3 colors.
Description: After a whole week of study on the sound of Aa, I cut up 3 apples and let the students take a taste test to see which is their favorite apple. They then take a cut out of that color apple and place it on a big floor graph that can be made from butcher paper. We then do tally marks on the board to make sure the graph is correct.
Don't forget to take a look at the entire Apple Theme
Materials: Two teams and alphabet cards.
Description: Have children break into teams and start with the child in the first row of team 1. Show a card and ask "What letter?" If that child can't answer go to next team for 2 points so on and so forth. The team with the most points wins. Prizes for winners may be large stickers, runner ups receive a smaller sticker.
Comments: The kids were so excited because it was competition but no hard feelings because everyone came out a winner!
Materials: Permanent marker, vinyl place mat and fingerpaint.
Description: Teachers write each child's name on a piece of vinyl place mat and encourage each child to fingerpaint over the letters in his name. Cleanup only takes a swipe with a wet sponge.
Materials: Magnetic letters, magnetic board, pictures with the word next to it.
Description: Teacher make up picture cards with the word and picture next to each other. Place them on the magnetic board and the children match the magnetic letters to the letters on the picture card.
Materials: Large ziploc bag, masking tape, and fingerpaint.
Description: Place three tablespoons of fingerpaint inside the ziploc bag. Flatten bag on the table to remove as much air as possible. Close top securely. Tape the top of the bag to make sure it will remain closed. Now, have the children use both hands to flatten and spread fingerpaint out smoothly inside of the bag. Children may then draw designs into the color by pressing with their fingers.
Comments: I call this a magic chalkboard.
Materials: Construction paper cut in half,
staples, markers and
Description: Staple 4 pages to make an autograph book for each child. Ask each child to write their name on the front page and decorate it how they like. Ask them to go to all of their friends and have each child write their name in each other's books.
Comments: The children loved this we did it on their last day of preschool and they had a ball getting all of their friends names.
Bushy Tail Finds A Home
Materials: Enough flannel to make a squirrel, mouse, tree, owl, bear and a bee
Description: The story Bushy Tail Finds A Home
One day Bushy Tail
was out playing in the forest, when it began
As soon as he was comfortable, a little mouse scampered up the tree. "May I please join you?" he asked politely. I won't take up much room. I promise."
"Well," said Bushy Tail, "My home is awful little, and it's kind of crowded too, but if there's room enough for me, there'll be room enough for you!"
The little mouse snuggled in next to Bushy Tail. As soon as they were comfortable, a little owl flew down and landed on a branch near Busy Tail. "May I please join you?" he asked politely. "I won't take up much room. I promise."
"Well," said Busy Tail, "Our home is pretty crowded. With just he mouse and me. But if there's room enough for two, there'll be room enough for three."
The little owl snuggled in next to Bushy Tail and the little mouse. As soon as they were comfortable, a bear cub hurried up the tree. "May I please join you?" he asked politely. "I won't take up much room. I promise."
"Well," said Bushy Tail, "Our home's already crowded, from the ceiling to the floor. But if we all squeeze together, there should be room for four."
The bear cub snuggled in next to Bushy Tail, the little mouse, and the little owl. As soon as they were comfortable, a little bee buzzed by. Buzz. "May I please join you?" he asked politely. "I won't take up much room. I promise."
The animals were all frightened. They began to shout, "NO, NO, Little Bee! You must stay out! We're sorry it is raining, but there's just no room for five. So Little Bee, leave us alone...And buzz back to your hive!" Bzzzzzz, Bzzzzzz, Bzzzzzz!
Description: Ask the
children "Just Suppose" questions.
"Just suppose you could be any person in the world for one hour, who would you be, what would you do?"
Materials: Just alot of wiggly cottontail bunnies, with pink noses, and brown eyes, and long tall ears who love to hop.
Description: Whenever I say "Hopped," and that will only be one time, hop away to wherever you wish. Go quietly and be careful not to bump other bunnies as you hop. Now here is the story. Listen carefully and do not forget your parts.
One day when the bunny was bouncing through the forest with his little "cottontail" bobbing along behind him, he came upon a bubbling brook. He stopped and perked up his "long tall ears" to listen for any sounds that might tell him of danger. He sniffed the air with his "pink nose" for scent of an enemy. His soft, brown eyes" looked in every direction. His "long, tall ears" told him nothing. His "pink nose" told him nothing. His "soft brown eyes" say no sign of another creature anywhere So the bunny bounced off through the forest with his "Cottontail" bobbing behind him.
Suddenly, there was a snap of a twig. The "cottontail" stopped bobbing. The bunny's "long tall ears" perked up to listen for the sound of a stranger. He sniffed the air with his "pink nose" for any scent of danger. His soft brown eyes looked in every direction. Then, there it was! It moved quietly through the forest on the same path where the bunny stood. It was coming closer and closer. The bunny did not move. It began to feel frightened!
Who should come bouncing down the path....but another little bunny just like him! She had a "pink nose, "a cottontail" "soft brown eyes"," and long tall ears that could hear for miles around. She stopped and looked at the bunny with her soft brown eyes. They smiled at each other. Then they turned and they hopped off down the bunny trail together.
Comments: Just do this with lots of special little bunnies and have lots of "hare" raising fun .
Materials: Index cards, markers
Description: Take 26 index cards (or more
if you prefer, but enough to duplicate each letter of the alphabet).
Cut the index cards in half--this will give you 2 copies of each letter--and
Materials: Contruction paper, clear contact paper, marker.
Description: I take a peice of contruction paper and fold in in half 2 times so there are 4 folds. I take a color for each child. You will need 2 of each color. I then pick 4 letters for them to learn and put one letter on each fold. Like A,C,F,S. Then on the same color on the other piece I put them in lower case. a,c,f,s. I use the same letters for all the kids and then cover them with contact paper.
One of the papers I cut so they can match
one piece to their
We do this till all the cards are full then we do it again. They learn their letters really fast with this game and they want to play it all the time. As soon as they learn these letters I do 4 new ones and then once a week we do the old ones so they don't forget them.
Letters and Numbers
Description: Teachers trace letters and numbers on the index cards. Make the symbols about1/2" wide. Next, spread glue on the letters and numbers and sprinke with bird grit (sold in pet stores). Let the cards dry then put the finished product in the writing center. Encourage children to trace the symbols with thier fingers.
Comments: You can make textured letters and numbers out of a variety of materials. Try cutting them out of sand paper, fake fur, or corduroy for example. Tracing these with thier fingers several times will help the children be able to write them easier.
Book: "Animal Stampede"
Materials: Paper, crayons, alphabet stamps and ink pad.
Description: On a page for each child I type My animal is a _________. Then the child stamps that animals name with the stamp such as b e a r. Then that child draws a picture of their animal. We make the pictures into a class book.
Materials: Paper and crayons.
Description: Each child thinks of a word of the word family we are doing at that time as "AN" they might say "man". They write it on their paper and then draw a picture of it. We then make a class book.
and Literacy Activity
Materials: Book--Barney and BJ---Go
To The Zoo
Comments: My kids really liked this activity.
Comments: For snack time, we have a teddy bear picnic; we eat beary-good foods and everyone brings a bear from home to share. Using the bears, we graph, sort, count, group, etc.
Dramatics: Nursery Rhymes
The children glue on the materials to make a scene from the story. They then can bring this home to retell the story to family members.
Comments: We have also made pig faces using rice cakes, cheese whiz, small M & Ms, and pink frosting.
Materials: A cardboard box filled with items that will mend books: Tape, glue, a sponge dampened with a little watered down alcohol to wipe smudges off of covers ( kept in a plastic butter tub).
When books become torn or a little dog-eared they have to go to the "hospital" to get better. This helps children learn to take care of the classroom books.
Ask your local librarian about the special tape used
Materials: Pre made books, crafts for each letter.
Description: Make a simple book for each child and label it "My Alphabet Book" . Take two piece of card stock for front cover and back page. Then obtain 26 sheets of white copy paper. Bind all the pages to gather to represent a book. Each week talk about a different letter in the alphabet. At the end of each week create an art project for each letter.
For example, the letter A page you could cut real apples in half and let the children dip them into paint and press them onto the letter A page.
The letter B page you could let children glue beans in the shape of the letter B. The letter C could be cotton balls in shape of a C. And so on and so on. Use your imagination for each letter.
Gayle's Hint: Take a peek at "Making the Alphabet", a few activities below.
Activity: "Bloodhound Ben"
Materials: "Bloodhound Ben" By Stewart Cowley. Yellow rope topped with a red garland.
Materials: Medium size box, plastic cover sheet, clip art pictures of an old women and the animals
Then copy pictures of the fly, horse, cow, cat, dog, spider, etc. Tell the story to the children and as you approach each animal that was swallowed let the children drop it into the box. They will be able to see that item through the plastic opening.
Comments: Try finding plastic animals or stuffed animals at yard sales that could also be put into the women's stomach. Or add different animals for a twist in the story.
Activity: "Stone Soup"
Materials: The story "Stone Soup", a clean stone, raw vegetables, beef broth, safety in the kitchen.
Description: Read the story and then let
the children clean, peal and cut the raw
Comments: The kids were amazed at how the
stone was used to make soup.
The Letters of the Alphabet
Materials: Many different kinds of items.
Description: Make the letter and add the following to them.
Aa-apple prints, glue on apple cut-outs, or arrows.Comments: The children get real excited to see each new letter activity.
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