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  1. Purple Cow

    1 1/2 C milk
    1/2 C grape juice
    1 sliced banana

    Place all ingredients in blender. Mix until smooth and frothy. Makes 3 servings.

  2. Pineapple-O!

    Drain canned pineapple rings and give each child a slice on a plate. Talk about the shape then build another O by adding raisins, nuts, sunflower seeds, cut-up fruits, or Cheerios.

  3. Puppet Sandwich

    Make an open-faced sandwich by spreading cream cheese or peanut butter on a slice of bread. Add carrot curls for hair and use raisins for features.

  4. PUMPKIN SEEDS

    2 cups dried pumpkin seeds
    2 T. butter
    2 T. soy sauce
    salt

    Melt the butter in an electric skillet. Then add the soy sauce and the seeds. Stir until brown. Salt if desired. Cool before serving

  5. Mini-Pizzas

    We used english muffins split and let them add spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce and spread it around the sprinkle with cheese or any other toppings. We just used cheese to keep it simple.

    The kids really loved this and they ate them completely gone.

    Thanks for the idea, Lauren!

  6. "P" Snacks- peppermints, pickles, popsicles, popcorn, pie, pineapple, pudding, potato , peanut butter, pizza, pretzels, peanuts, pears, peaches, potato chips, pumpkin seeds, pancakes

  1. Popcorn Action Poem
    (Children pop up on the word pop)

    Pop is how the weasel goes,
    Pop means "in the scoot,"
    Pop is how you smash a bag,
    Or firecrackers shoot.

    Pop is how the toast gets up,
    Pop is what you drink,
    Pop is someone's father too,
    But best of all, I think
    Is popcorn
    Poppity, pop, pop, pop,
    Filling the pan
    Up to the top.

    ~Author Unknown~

  2. The Purple Cow

    I never saw a purple cow,
    I never hope to see one;
    But I can tell you, anyhow,
    I'd rather see than be one!

    ~Gelett Burgess~

  3. Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

    Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
    Had a wife and couldn't keep her;
    He put her in a pumpkin shell,
    And there he kept her very well.

  4. The Penguin

    I am bird you know quite well.
    All dressed in black and white.
    And even though I do have wings,
    They're not designed for flight.

    I waddle, waddle, waddle,
    On my funny little feet.
    Across the icy snow I go,
    To find a fishy treat.

    ~Rozanne Williams~

  5. The Polar Bear

    The polar bear lives where it snows,
    (Flutter fingers downward)
    He never gets cold in a storm.
    (Shake head)
    When he swims in the icy water,
    (Make swimming movements.)
    His heavy white coat keeps him warm.
    (hug self)

    ~Marie Wheeler~

  1. Cut big P's from construction paper. Let children find "P" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of P.

  2. Popcorn Pictures

    Have a big bowl of popcorn on hand. Let the children draw trees with branches. Glue popcorn on the branches for blossoms. These are particularly pretty in spring to represent dogwood trees.

  3. Painting Experiments

    Experiment with mixing different colors of paint to make other colors: red and white to make pink, blue and red to make purple, etc.

  4. Puppet Ideas

    --Cotton covered with cloth attached to craft stick
    --Paper bags stuffed with newpaper
    --Socks
    --Pantyhose stretched over a hanger bent into an oval shape
    --Empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls

  5. Sherry sent in this recipe for puffy paint. Thanks, Sherry!

    Puffy Paint:
    Mix equal parts of flour, salt, and water in a bowl.
    Add pink or purple tempera paint.
    Pour the mixture into plastic squeeze bottles.
    Show the students how to squeeze the paint onto a heavy piece of cardboard or heavy paper in lines and dots. Encourage designs and patterns. Puffy paint hardens when it dries.

  6. Potato Print Patters

    An idea for the letter P is to make Potato Print Patters with Paint. You just simply have potato halves cut into shapes, and different colors of tempra paint. Have students dip the ends of the potato into the paint and then create a unique pattern with the colors or shapes or you could have them create a certain type of pattern. EX: AB pattern, AAB pattern or ABC pattern. Idea from Kristen---Thanks!

  1. Use pretzels for counting activities.

  2. Introduce the penny.

  3. Do a graphing activity on favorite kinds of pie.

  4. Do a graphing activity on favorite kinds of pizza.

  1. Arctic Animals

    Have a unit on the animals in the Arctic, especially the polar bear and the penguin.

  2. Plant a Seed

    Wet paper towels and fold into squares. Put in small ziploc bags. Put grass seeds or other seeds in the bags so they can be seen. Close bags and tape to windows so the children can see the seeds sprout.

  3. Unit studies: Pilgrims, plants, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Peter Pan, poison prevention, playground safety, pond life

  1. Penguin Walk

    Show children how to walk like penguins: Hold arms close to their sides, with hands pointing out and legs close together.

  2. When studying "p" my class has a Pajama Day. It is a unique and fun way to learn about the letter Pp. This idea from Kim! Thanks!!

  3. Pin the Nose on the Puppet

    The game is like Pin the Tail on the Donkey. You can use a paper plate and have a red construction paper circle to pin on it.

  4. Jan writes, "When learning the letter P, we have a Pizza Pajama Party. We go to the local pizza place wearing our pajamas!" Thanks for the cute idea, Jan!

**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.

POND BOOKS

All Eyes on the Pond by Michael Rosen
Jump, Frog, Jump by Robert Kalan
Pond Life: A New True Book by Lynn M. Stone
Pond Year by Kathryn Lasky
Splash! by Ann Jonas
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
What's in the Pond? (Hidden Life) by Anne Hunter

PIG BOOKS

Perfect the Pig by Susan Jeschke
Pig Pig Gets a Job by David McPhail
Pig Surprise by Ute Krause
Pigs from 1 to 10 by Arthur Geisert
A Pile of Pigs by Judith Ross Enderie and Stephanie Tessler
Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail
Christena writes: "One of my favorite P books, and the children love it too, is Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail. Great rhyming text and it is hilarious as the pigs take over the house. The man in the book does get control; for a while anyway! My copy was a gift from a student as it was the first book she learned to read on her own." Thanks, Christena!

POLAR BEAR BOOKS

Animal Close-Ups: The Polar Bear by Valerie Tracqui
Little Polar Bear by Hans de Beer
Polar Mammals (True Book) by Larry Dane Brimner
Ice Bear and Little Fox by Jonathan London
Hello, Arctic by Theodore Taylor

Here are some excellent ideas for P sent to me from Heather! Thanks, Heather!
We just did the letter P and had fun with "Pigs". I cut a large pink P from construction paper and drew pig ears, eyes, nose and a long skinny rectangle for the tail. They colored the pig parts and cut them out and then glued to the P; I showed them how to curl the rectangle around their finger to curl it. We read the 3 Little Pigs and made craft stick puppets of the pigs and construction paper house with, bricks, straw and sticks made from construction paper also. We made pig in the blankets. We counted pigs on a worksheet I made and practiced writing the numbers. I made potato prints of a p, (cut a lower case b), and we painted "p's with potatos with purple paint on pink paper". We made Winnie the Pooh plates using head, arms, legs and a honey pot template, they colored and cut and glued to edge of small plate, Pooh was holding honey pot in middle to made a "Pooh Plate". They enjoyed this letter more than any other so far.

I hope you can use some of these "alphabite" ideas!! If you have any more that I can post here, PLEASE email me with the ideas and your name, using the email icon below or use this form. I will post your idea and give you credit!! Also just write and let me know how you like the ideas and how they can be improved!! Thanks!!




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