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Letter of the week – Dd is for Dinosaur

We are now in our fourth week of our letter of the week series. While I am in deliberation of jumping into the letters with straight lines can’t help but to continue with the letter Dd.
Inigo learned to love doing letter crafts as part of our approach to learning our alphabet, and just like most kids, he is fascinated with Dinosaurs. So, when thinking up a letter Dd craft, I thought a Dd is for Dinosaur craft would be a perfect fit!  

This activity is a perfect addition to our alphabet learning journey.

 Be sure to check out last week’s Cc is for Caterpillar activities if you’re looking for more alphabet fun learning craft.

 

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Letter of the week – Cc is for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Map

Yey! We’re done with our Cc is for Caterpilar series. Let me end our letter of the week with a quick post. 

Our letter of the week is Cc Is for Caterpillar, so we chose to make an activity to go along with one of the most popular caterpillar we know– The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

It is a lovely story following the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly, who loves to eat! The way it is written makes it a wonderful children’s book to use while working on story sequencing.  

What better way to retell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar than to make a story map of the book.A great way to engage with a days of the week and learn about life cycle of the butterfly.

 After reading the book, Inigo and I re-tell the story by gluing the story sequence circles onto the map. This is such a wonderful way to work on vocabulary, too!

Enjoy this fun, hands-on activity to go along with the interesting Cc is for Caterpillar series.

See you next week for more exciting things to do with our next letter! Still undecided if I should go with Dd or jump to the letters with straight lines! Hmmm..we’ll see! 

Have a fab weekend!😍

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Letter of the week – Cc is Counting Caterpillars 

Counting with Printable Numbers (1-10) has been so much fun for our letter of the week series.

We have been very much into Cc is for Caterpillar lately, Inigo love it and I love that I can just pull one activity to occupy him!

Today’s activity features counting as the main goal with number recognition as well as simple addition and subtraction reinforcement.   

The mat was laid out and slowly it’s either I am adding caterpillar or taking some of them them away.

For my 3 year old who is currently learning numbers this is a great activity for him.

 

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Letter of the week – Cc is for Caterpillar – Days of the Week Activity

We continued having lots of fun with our Cc is for Caterpillar series, it has so much to teach, that you can go a whole week with it.

For today’s activity I will be focusing and introducing the days of the week. Fortunately,the book of Eric Carle “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a great tool to teach kids the days of the week. 

For those who haven’t read it, the book is about a caterpillar who hatches from an egg on a leaf and is looking for food. The book uses the days of the week consecutively beginning on Sunday and ending a week later, on Sunday. It provides kids with a great visual in order to help them remember the days of the week.     

First, I discussed with Inigo that there are 7 days in a week. Then, we started sequencing the story by reciting the days of the week and the story while sticking the pictures to the correct day.

Simple yet full of learnings!

 

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Letter of the week – Cc is for Caterpillar Balloon Painting

Inigo loves painting and playing balloons. I thought the balloon caterpillar painting would be a great idea to do for our letter of the week series. 

We’ve done a lot of activities for our Cc is for caterpillar so I guess injecting some messy free art activity would be our best bet! For our Cc for Caterpillar Art Session involves two things Inigo love- painting with balloons and The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Materials:

  • Balloons
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Popsicle sticks 
  • Glue
  • Green, Blue and Red Tempera Paint

  
How to Make the Balloon Painted Caterpillar Craft

  • Squeeze tempera paints onto a paper plate or other surface that’s easily accessible to little hands. We used red, green, and a dab of blue.
  • Dip the balloon into the paint and stamp them onto your paper to create a caterpillar.
  • Use a black marker or crayon to draw legs.
  • Cut off small pieces of purple craft stick and glue onto your caterpillar for antennae.
  • Add some googly eyes to your caterpillar. 

So naturally we spent an entire day discussing not only the book but caterpillars too! 

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Letter of the week – Cc is for Caterpillar Necklace Threading Fine Motor Activity

 
I have always loved doing threading activity with my kids. It is brilliant for developing fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.

The only problem is that for little fingers holding a shoelace can be really tricky. It’s just to bendy to put it through a tiny hole. There are instances that  Inigo get so frustrated and don’t want to continue.

So when I am preparing for this craft I made sure that he’ll enjoy this activity. We are still in our letter Cc series so it seemed natural to make a caterpillar necklace. 

Making a caterpillar necklace is a fun follow-up to reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

With the the ziploc bag, I dyed the pasta using alcohol and few drops of green food coloring. Then,sun dry for 5 minutes. While waiting for the pasta, I pre-cut the laminated pictures and hole punch for easy threading. When the invitation is all set. Inigo is thrilled to start.

This crafts is perfect for literature and math component.He will have the opportunity to practice patterns and counting in response to a very popular children’s story. 

While doing the craft we retell the story.So he first thread the tiny and a very hungry caterpillar.Next, he added green pasta onto the thread. Then,he continued to add the pictures and green pasta forming a pattern.

The best part of this activity is it allows Inigo to be creative while also working on patterning and fine motor skills.  

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Letter of the week – Cc is for Caterpillar Activities

I was excited to pull together a fun follow up activities for our Cc is for Caterpillar series.

These simple, colorful activities are a motivating way to practice language arts,fine motor, pre-writing, and even cutting skills of Inigo.

The Activities: 

1. Language Arts – Letter Cc dot-to-dot activity

We used various colors of stickers to form the letter Cc. Then, we traced the letter using his index finger for tactile sensory. 

2. Pre-writing skills

As usual we always include pre-writing in our activities, to train him holding the pencil properly. We are still on working progress but I can see a great potential that in no time he can hold it correctly.

 
3.  Cutting skills

Cutting is one of his favorite activity. This cutting practice allows him to cut straight lines.

4. Fine Motor Skills- Hole Punch Activity

Inspired by the book this Hole Punch Fine Motor Activity was a great addition to our lesson. 

On a recent trip to the office supplies store, I spotted hole punches and I grabbed one for the kids. 

Fine motor activities like this help young kids develop the strength needed in their hands and fingers to hold a pencil and write. They work the muscles in the fingers and hands and develop wrist movement, leading to holding a pencil for long periods of time and writing with strong and controlled muscles.

 

We did this Cc is for Caterpillar activities specifically to bring a little caterpillar learning fun into our home.

I hope you are also having fun homeschooling your kiddos. Till our next post! Enjoy learning😊