- Hot Cross Buns
Buy these from a bakery and let the children add X's to top of the buns with tube frosting.
- X-tra Good X's
Buy fresh green beans. Let the children wash them and snap off the ends. Cook them at a boil for about 5 minutes, then cover and boil, about 20 min. longer. Let the children lay the beans out in the shape of the letter X.
- Use frozen refrigerator dough to make X shapes, then bake.
This idea from Sue. Thanks!!
- "X" Snacks- flat cooked noodles or strips of cheese for forming the X, X-tra good pudding to draw X's in before it is eaten
X in the Roman notation is ten,
X is the mark of illiterate men;
X means a crossing, as drivers may note,
X in a square also counts as a vote;
X is a quantity wholly unknown,
X is a ruler removed from his throne;
Xmas is Christmas, a season of bliss,
X in a letter is good for one kiss;
X is for Xerxes, a monarch renowned,
X marks the spot where the treasure is found;
Fickle as air or the capricious hex
What a truly remarkable letter is X.
- Cut big Xs from construction paper. Let children find "X" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of X.
Show the children how to cross-stitch using yarn and meat trays.
- Have children dip one hand and part of wrist into white paint that is in a long meat tray. Make a print onto black paper for children to make their own x-rays. This idea from Julie! Thanks!!
Have the children draw big X's on their papers then close off the X's to make butterflies. Add features with crayons, markers, pipe cleaners, etc.
- Have children trace two long bones then glue them in the shape of an X on black paper, then they can write the word X-ray on the bottom of the "X-ray". This idea from Michelle! Thanks!!
- Provide each child with a piece of black construction paper and a small piece of white chalk. Model how to draw a skeleton.
Then the children draw "boney" moms, dads, dogs, teachers, etc... the only rule is that there is no skin or hair, just BONES!
This is great fun and provides an opportunity for dictation. The parents and teachers in our building love to see and read about our skeleton creations! Submitted by Jamie--thanks!
- Use construction paper X's for counting, sorting and patterning activities.
- Sort, count and graph a baggie containing x's and o's cheese snacks. This idea from Michelle. Thanks, Michelle!!
Make a xylophone from glass bottles. Fill each one with a different amount of water and tap on the sides to hear the different sounds.
The children will love to see the real thing. See if you can get old x-rays to show to the kids. Place them on windows to see better. When you finish with this, you may want to do the skeleton art activity here!
- Treasure Hunt
Arrange a treasure hunt on the school grounds. Have the "treasure" in a box marked with an X.
- Play Tic-Tac-Toe with X's and O's.
- X Tag
Divide the class into 4 groups and put one group in each corner of play area. Choose someone to be "It". "It" stands in the center and uses both hands and arms crossed in an X position to point to two groups to change places. As they run, "It" tries to tag someone. The person tagged becomes "It".
- X-in-the-Box Relay
Divide children into relay teams of equal numbers. Give each child a paper X. Tell them to run to an empty box at the end of the line; drop in the X; then run back and tap the next person in line, calling "X" as they do so.
- Play tic tac toe using the cheese snacks called "X's and O's" (I've purchased these at Kmart, not sure of the brand). This idea from Michelle. Thanks, Michelle!!
- Treasure Maps
For the letter x. Make treasure maps, using A4 paper. Cut roughly around the edge of the paper and draw a map on it.
Mark the treasure with a large X. Age the paper
by rubbing a wet tea bag over it.
Idea submitted by Abby--thanks!!
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
X Marks the Spot by Marilyn Hafner
Xavier's Fantastic Discovery by Parker Brothers
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
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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