Teaching Letter Recognition

What a crazy world right now, right?! We decided to homeschool Millie for PreK3. I am thankful she is still so little that our decision wasn’t a huge one to make, but it was still one we really thought about before making. Staying at home full time I want to give her what she needs academically as well as everything else!

We work on our letters a lot! Each week we have a letter and number of the week! I try to find simple, hands on activities to help with her learning! This week our letter is T! This is a super easy activity to help with fine motor skills and learn about letter recognition.

She has a small table that she works and plays on. I took painters tape and taped a big T and a little t. I filled a bowl with some fun cereal for her to use (and let’s be honest- eat too). She takes the cereal and puts it over the tape letter. While she does this we sing and count the cereal, we discuss the T sounds, and what words begin with T! It is so simple, but she has so much fun. You can get a lot of language out of this simple activity.

If you don’t have painters tape you can just write a big T and little t on a piece of paper for them to do the same thing! Activities like this don’t need to be fancy or hard to do!

After she does her letters and we count all the cereal she eats it! That’s her favorite part! This activity takes minimal set up and minimal supplies! You can use other things besides cereal too! Coins, candy, stickers, the list goes on and on! The main focus is the letter and not the elaborate activity!

Summer Cocktail

Summer is here! Having a simple tasty cocktail is important! Here is one I love. You can make it with Whisky/bourbon or Vodka! Which ever you prefer.

Peach Mule

Ingredients:

Whisky 1.5 oz

Peach juice 2 oz

Ginger Beer – to top off

Copper Mug

Fill your copper with ice. Add the spirit of your choice – I prefer a whiskey or bourbon. Add 2 oz peach juice. Next top off with ginger beer and give a mix. Finally garnish with a peach!

Super simple and super delicious.

I call it a Peach Mule. Or a Kentucky Peach Mule. If you use vodka you can call it a Moscow Peach mule! Or you can name it whatever you would like!

What spirit do you prefer? Tell me in the comments below! Don’t forget to pin this to Pinterest!

Fruit Art

Our theme for the week is FRUIT! We have made a couple fun crafts. This one is simple and a BIG language activity. Did you know I am a Speech Language Pathologist too?! I like to look for activities that use a lot of different language and let Millie explore everyday objects.

This activity is Stamping sponges on paper to make watermelons and strawberries. I bought the sponges at the Dollar store. It is a great place to find a lot of fun project items for super cheap.

For this project you will need::

Sponges- you cut out a triangle and a strawberry shape

Paint- red, black, green

Paper or Cardstock

Paper plate- to put the paint on

What you need
Cut the sponges into a triangle and a strawberry shape
These are my shapes!

Place the sponge in the paint and place on the paper. Millie put a lot of strawberries on her paper! She was loving the stamping. After take green paint and finger print the stems for the strawberries. While we do the fingerprinting we count how many we are doing. After take your pinky and do black dots on the strawberries for the seeds! We talk about how the paint feels cool and squishy, the sponge is soft, and we use a lot of counting. Counting the strawberries, counting when we make all of the dots, etc. We also talk about colors and tried to think of other things that were red! This is a bit challenging for a two year old, but older kids would do much better! We talked about how strawberries are FRUIT and the letter of the week is F. You can talk about SO much with this activity.

We did the same thing with the watermelon. Sponge in paint, on paper, then we used our finger to finger paint the rind of the watermelon and then dots again for the seeds. With the watermelon we discussed shapes! How the water melon is round to start then this was cut into triangles. Once again we counted the black dots while we were dotting and then counted how many watermelon slices we made! We talked about how the fruit tastes too! Cold, wet, sweet, slimy, etc.

In the paint
On the paper
5 red watermelons

Looking for ways to use as much language as possible is an amazing way to teach your child more. Talking about shapes, textures, temperatures, colors, numbers, etc is great for their little brains to take in!

Make sure to Pin this to your Pinterest page for later! What is your favorite fruit?!

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Peacock Craft

The theme this week was BIRDS- which is funny because I actually hate birds- like they freak me out and seem mean- but I did the theme anyway! We had a fun week learning about birds, looking at birds on our walks, out of windows, and playing pretend with birds!

This craft is simple and fun. Handprint art is always a big go to for us. The sensory aspect is fun for kids too. It is a good opportunity to discuss the feeling of the paint- cold, wet, squishy, smooth, etc.

Supplies!
Squishy paint!

What you will need::

  • Card stock or plain white paper
  • Blue, teal, green, gold (other other colors of your choice)
  • Blue paper (ours was glitter paper)
  • Yellow paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black Sharpie or marker

I always lay down a table cloth from the Dollar Store and a paper plate for the paint. It make the mess easier to clean up.

Place one hand in the blue paint and place on the paper then replace the hand next to the handprint. Next use the teal colored paint to do the same thing but with the other hand. After use your fingers to dot the green and the gold around.

Blue paint, teal paint, finger dots of green and gold

Take the blue paper and cut out the peacock body to the size of your handprints. I did this free hand/cutting, it is not perfect. Then use sharpie to make the eyes. I used yellow paper and cut a small heart shape for the beak. Glue that on to the peacock body. I suggest waiting a hot minute for the paint to dry before you glue the body on to the ‘feathers’. After it has dried a bit glue the body to it! Once fully dry cut out the peacock- you could leave it as is, but I think it looks cuter cut out. That is it! You have your beautiful bird!

Simple eyes
Heart nose
Looking so cute!
Cute out the peacock!
Final product
Mommy take my picture!!

You could use more colors, different colors, add glitter or feathers, there is a lot you could do to make it your own.

If you make it tag me on instagram at @millieandmommie or @play.color.create I would LOVE to see your projects!

Check out our others posts on Nature walk with tree craft and handmade cards!

Handmade Cards

With teacher appreciation week, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and Father’s Day coming up it seems like we are in need of a card every other week! I decided we should make our own cards to give! It is a super simple craft and makes a real personal touch when sending someone a card!

All you need is paint, paintbrush (or hands), paper, and card stock. Painting Hack: I always lay down a Dollar Store table cloth so the mess is easy to clean up! I used colored construction paper to paint on. I put a few dots of different color paint on the paper then let Millie brush away. We made one with pinks and purples and one with greens a blues. You can do any colors you want! It is endless.

Once the paint dries all we did was cut out designs. I did hearts for Teacher Appreciation and Mother’s Day, and stars for our Uncle and for Father’s Day! Cut out whatever shape, Letter, or design you want and glue it onto the card stock that is folded in half like a card. I did all of ours where it opens like a book, but you could do it opening bottom to top too!

We made hearts!
You can do anything you want!

After the glue dried we wrote our notes on the inside. Simple as that. Millie had a blast making it and I know her teachers and our family will love the personal touch of her art work!

Perfect for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, Father’s Day, birthdays, and more