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  1. Rice and Raisin Pudding

    2 cups uncooked instant rice
    3 cups milk
    6 tablespoons sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 cup seedless raisins

    Mix all ingredients in a pot and bring to a rolling boil. Stir constantly. Remove from heat and let stand 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cool.

  2. Rainbow Finger Jello

    4 (3 oz.) pkg. Jell-O (use strawberry, lemon, lime and orange)
    6 envelopes Knox unflavored gelatin
    1 can Eagle Brand milk

    First Layer:
    Mix 1 pkg. Jell-O, 1 envelope Knox gelatin and 1 cup hot water. Dissolve and put in 9 x 13-inch greased pan. Refrigerate.

    Second Layer:
    Mix canned milk with 1 cup hot water. Mix 2 envelopes Knox gelatin with 1 cup hot water. Mix milk mixture with gelatin mixture. Set aside. Pour 1 cup of the mixture over the first layer that has jelled in refrigerator.

    Third Layer:
    Repeat first layer, using another flavor of Jell-O. (takes approx. 20 min. for Jell-O to set)

    Fourth Layer:
    Repeat second layer, using another 1 cup milk mixture. (takes approx. 10 min. to set)

  3. "R" Snacks- rolls, radishes, Ritz crackers, Rice-Krispies, rock candy

  1. My Rocks

    On a cold and rainy day
    When I can't get out to play,
    I open up my treasure box
    And look at all my pretty rocks.

    I have rocks from here and there
    I have rocks from everywhere.
    Some are smooth, some are sandy
    And there's one that looks like candy.

    I have one that's shining clean
    Another one that's blue and green.
    All of them recall good times
    Places I've been, hills I've climbed.

    When the sun comes out to stay,
    I'll put all my rocks away.
    Close the lid and safely hide
    All my treasures safe inside.

    ~Author Unknown~

  2. Radishes

    We dig and rake
    And plant and hoe.
    We hope our radishes will grow.
    But how, we wonder,
    Will they know
    That underneath that coat of red
    They should be white
    From toe to head
    Inside the brown, dark
    Garden bed?

    ~Author Unknown~

  3. The Rabbit

    When they said the time to hide was mine,
    I hid behind a thick grapevine.

    And while I was still for the time to pass,
    A little gray thing came out of the grass.

    He hopped his way through the melon bed
    And sat down close by a cabbage head.

    He sat down close where I could see,
    And his big still eyes looked hard at me,

    His big eyes bursting out of the rim,
    And I looked back very hard at him.

    ~Elizabeth Madox Roberts~

  4. The Robot

    Here's a Robot,
    Big and strong.
    Watch him as he
    Walks along.
    (Move arms and legs stiffly, remaining in the same place)

    His head turns left,
    His head turns right,
    And both his eyes
    Shine red and bright.
    (Continue walking motions. Add head movement, left and right, then eyes open wide)

    Press the button;
    He will say,
    "How are all
    My friends today?"
    (Stop all movements. Press button. Continue head movement, then speak in a low voice)

    Pull this hande;
    He will tell:
    "I am feeling
    Very well!"
    (Stop all movement. Pull handle. Add head movement, low voice)

  5. Little Red Robins

    Little red robins (flutter fingers of both hands)
    Flying around. (flutter around face)
    Up in the treetops, (flutter high)
    Down near the ground. (flutter low)

  6. Marina sent me this great "R" song! Thanks, Marina!

    I am a PreK teacher working in Thailand. I made up this rainbow song at the tune "The more we stay together, the happier we'll be".

    Did you ever see a rainbow? A rainbow? A rainbow?
    Did you ever see a rainbow up in the sky?
    'Cause red and orange and yellow and green
    and blue and purple are holding hands too.
    Did you ever see a rainbow? A rainbow ? A rainbow?
    Did you ever see a rainbow up in the sky?

    The children choose a rainbow color and make a head band then we sing this song holding hands and walking in circle.

  7. I'm a Little Robot
    (Sung to tune of "I'm a Little Teapot")

    I'm a little robot short and square
    (make a square shape with fingers)

    I've got no teeth
    (point to teeth)

    I've got no hair
    (point to hair)

    But if you need an answer to a sum, just press my nose
    (press nose)

    and out it comes
    (roll fingers away from mouth)

    Idea submitted by: Mel. Thanks!

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

  2. Make rabbits from paper plates. See idea here.

  3. Make eggshell rainbows! See the idea here.

  4. Robots

    Create robots using some of these materials: ice cream containers, oatmeal boxes, cereal boxes, paper tubes, flexible tubing, foil, cellophane, pipe cleaners, etc.

  5. Red Collages

    Using a variety of materials, textures and objects in red, make red collages in shoe box lids.

  6. Race Car Painting

    For the letter R I do race car painting. I just cover a table in butcher paper and let them make paint tracks with the race cars.

    Idea from Yvette---Thanks!

  1. Use raisins for counting and sorting activities.

  2. Introduce weights by weighing rocks on a balance scale. Compare size and weight of a variety of rocks.

  1. Grow Radishes

    Radishes grow quickly. Plant seeds in milk cartons and you will soon have radishes to eat!

  2. Prism activities so that kids can see all the colors of the rainbow!

  3. Units: raccoons, rabbits, rainbows, rivers, robins, rocks

  1. Rabbits

    Children pretend to be rabbits and hop around to lively music. Have a rabbit race and hop to a goal line.

  2. Run, Rabbit, Run!

    Divide the children into two groups- rabbits and foxes. Choose leaders for each group. The rabbits stand in a marked circle, their safe home. Then the rabbits go for a walk to find food, getting out of their safe home. When the leader of the foxes calls, "Run, rabbit, run", the rabbits hurry back home. If a rabbit is tagged, he becomes a fox.

  3. Red Lion

    Mark two goal lines on opposite ends of play area. Children are to stand behind one goal line. The red lion is chosen and he stands behind the other goal line. The children walk up to the lion, chanting:
    Red lion, red lion, come out of your den.
    Those whom you catch will be your friends.
    As the children gather around red lion, the teacher calls, "Come out!" The children run back to the other line and the lion tries to tag them. The ones he tags become his helpers. The child caught last will become the red lion in the next game.

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


Look for them here under Bunny Books!

Another R book sent in by Kelly.
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Kelly writes: This is a great book to use when talking about the idea of setting.

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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