A kitten is hiding under a chair, (hide one thumb in other hand)
I looked and looked for her everywhere. (look about with hand on forehead)
Under the table and under the bed, (pretend to look)
I looked in the corner and then I said,
"Come kitty, come kitty, I have milk for you." (cup hands to make dish and extend)
Kitty came running and calling, "Mew, mew." (run fingers up arm)
Five Little Clowns
Five little clowns running through the door,
(hold up one hand, put down one finger at each verse)
One fell down and then there were four.
Four little clowns in an apple tree,
One fell out then there were three.
Three little clowns stirring up some stew,
One fell in and then there were two.
Two little clowns having lots of fun,
One ran away and then there was one.
One little clown sitting in the sun,
He went home and then there were none!
Here is a Car
Here is a car, shiny and bright, (cup one hand and place on other palm)
This is the windshield that lets in the light, (hands open, fingertips touching)
Here are the wheels that go round and round, (two fists)
I sit in the back seat and make not a sound. (sit quietly with hands in lap)
Cut big C's from construction paper. Let children find "C" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of C.
Let children trace their hands on white paper. Decorate the fingers and thumb and the clown's face. (the fingers will be pointing down and will be the clown costume) Use yarn, pom-poms, felt, and paper to add hair and facial features. Cut and paste a paper hat on top.
Provide a pattern of a clown for each child. Let them cut it out. Let the children paint watered-down glue over the entire clown. Then cover with pieces of torn tissue paper.
Catherine sent me this great C idea. Thanks, Catherine! For the letter C I have my students draw a capital C on construction paper. Then we trace the letter with glue. Finally we put cotton balls on the glue to make "Cottonball C's"! Student can then trace the letter with their fingers. We also talk about why we used cotton to make our C's and not grass or paint, etc. They really enjoy it!!!
Andrea sent in these great C ideas! Thanks, Andrea!
I have three different activities that I did with my Kindergartener's the week we did the letter "C".
1. The children painted pictures with cotton swabs. I gave them yellow and blue. At the end, they got to mix the two colors to see what the new color was.
2. The children cut "c" pictures from magazines to make a Collage of "C" things.
3. The children cut 5 things from a magazine of the things that they liked. They glued them in a book titled "Catalogue" to show which one they liked the most to the least - the first one being their favorite.
Connie sent in this great caterpillar idea. Thanks, Connie!
Recently our class was on the letter C. As our focus, I read the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
to the students. We talked about how the word caterpillar started with the letter C. After I was
through reading the story, I allowed the students to make a story prop of their own using the same
sequence as The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is how we did it: I cut manilla file folders
in half. I gave each student one half of the file folder. I then gave each student 4 die cut
circles to glue on their file folder to make the caterpillar. They drew the legs and eyes.
I stapled a baggie at the bottom of the file folder to serve as the caterpillar's stomach.
We named our new story The Crazy Caterpillar. This was appropriate because, not only do crazy
and caterpillar start with C, but in the new story, the caterpillar could ONLY ate C words.
We generated some C words and wrote them on chart paper, and we even illustrated them on chart
paper. Afterwards, the children drew 7 C pictures, and cut them out. I also traced a butterfly
and ran it off for the students to color. They glued it on the opposite side of their file
folder so their ending would be like that of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I put the kids in pairs, and they told their stories to each other using their new story prop.
Each time the caterpillar would eat a C word, they would drop the C picture in the bag
(which was the stomach). At the end, they loved turning their folders around to
show their partners how their caterpillar had gone into a cocoon (c word also) and emerged a
beautiful butterfly. It was such a fun activity!
Noel sent in this great idea for Halloween with candy corn! Thanks, Noel!
I teach pre-schoolers and we start the alphabet the week of Halloween. We have a letter each week
that we work with. The first letter is the Letter C and we start this the week of Halloween.
We do C is for Candy Corn. At the writing table we have outline the letter C on consruction paper
and the children glue candy corn around it. The lesson for the day deals with Candy Corn and
listening to what sound the letter makes. We then talk about the three colors on the candy corn.
We have big outlines of a piece of candy corn that the children color. We hang these up with pumpkins
that the children have painted at an easel (because the color of the month is Orange) and we have
homemade wonderful decorations for our Halloween Party.
We made critter cages from some cardboard. We folded the cardboard and taped it to look like a
cage or you can use a milk carton. We filled it with critters such as, cat, caterpillar and the
favorite one that we made was a cockroach. The kids loved the cockroach. We made it using two
ovals and the kids cut the legs and put it together.
This activity is for Nursery and pre-school students. After reading the story and discussing
how much he ate, and counting the food together. we prepared pieces of coloured felt,
cut into circels. Allow the children to choose any colours and any amount, this way they
could make fat or thin caterpllars. We then got them to place the felt circles in any pattern
like a caterpillar, along with two eyes and antennas. We then glued it all together,
they are hanging in the classroom, and give a very bright effect.
Submitted by Amanda--thanks!
Take an egg carton and cut in half. Have the children paint them green. Let dry, use pipe cleaners as the feet and antenna, you could also glue googly eyes on them.
~Submitted by Stephanie
Let children estimate how many chocolate chips are in a particular cookie. Break open the cookie and count them. Give a small prize to the child that has the closest estimation.
Make a graph, using pictures of different cookies. Let children tell their favorite cookie and put results on the graph.
Mix in a non-metal bowl: 4 tablespoons salt, 4 tablespoons water, 4 tablespoons bluing, 1 tablespoon ammonia. Pour over pieces of charcoal or coal in a shallow, non-metal dish. (Fish bowls work well) Place where it will not be disturbed. Crystals will begin to grow as liquid evaporates. Please keep out of touch of the kids. Just let them watch you and put where they cannot reach. Bring it down to show progress.
Circus Balloons Activity
Pour 1 inch of vinegar in a soda or catsup bottle. Put 2 teaspoons of baking soda inside a balloon. Quickly slip the open end of the balloon over the soda bottle. Watch the balloon fill with gas created by the interaction of the vinegar with the baking soda.
Discuss cat safety with the class. Discussion items: Why do cats use their claws?; What to do if you find a stray cat?; The uses of collars and leashes.
During the week we learn the letter "C" I have all my children bring in can goods. We talk about giving the can goods to the needy children for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Once we have collected all the can goods, the last day of the week we sort the can goods into different catagories. The children help make a graph of all the different foods we collected, Ex. Veggies, fruit, soup, beans, etc.
The kids learn a lot through this and love the idea of people getting to eat the food they brought for them.
Place a 5-foot piece of rope on the floor. Let the children pretend to be clowns and try to walk the "tightrope". Encourage them to walk slowly, with arms out to their sides for better balance.
Cat and the Mice
Form a circle. Choose four children to be "mice" and go into the center of the circle. Choose someone to be the "cat", who must stand outside the circle. Call "Catch the mice!" The cat goes into the circle and tries to catch the mice. (The mice cannot go outside the circle). As the mice are caught, they join the other children in the circle. The last child to be caught becomes the "cat" in the next game.
Students act out movements of caterpillars, cats, cobras, crabs and crocodiles.
Make "C" body letters. Let each child do this on his own.
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!!