Each block has an upper case letter and a lower case letter and then 2 pictures of something that begins with that letter. This set came with doubles of of each block which made it perfect for a matching game! I placed one set in a straight line (in the right order) and gave my son a block to place on the letter that matched it. It was fun to watch him concentrating so hard to find the right letter! Note: I made sure to only focus on the upper case letters since he is not familiar with the lower case ones yet.
While the letters were all lined up in the right order, we sang the ABC song together a few times while I pointed to each letter as we sang it. My son is very into learning the alphabet right now and building so this is the perfect toy for him!
Scatter the blocks all over the floor and play Find the Letter.
Say each letter as they are cleaning up the blocks (or have them say the letter).
He brings me a block, I tell him the letter and what the two pictures are of. He repeats me and then gets a new letter.
The fire station tour was awesome! They got to sit up in the big trucks and the firefighter daddy even took all our pictures inside the truck and one big group picture in front of the truck :) Then, we got a short tour inside the fire station. One part that I really liked was when they all had us sit in one of the rooms and the kids got to watch as the fireman put on all his gear. He explained everything that he was doing and then made a special mention about how if they see a fireman, not to be scared because they are there to help you. After that, they took the kids outside and they each got to take a turn holding the hose. I was so happy that my son wasn't scared this year and had fun holding it. Last year all my pictures of him holding the hose he is crying! It's a GREAT experience if you ever get to take your child to one!
The next day, I had my son make a fire truck-inspired collage. I printed little clip art images of firetrucks, firefighters, fire, fire hydrants, dalmatians, fire helmet, fire extinguishers, and fire hoses. I placed down a piece of red construction paper for him to put his fire collage pieces on. He isn't ready to glue by himself yet, so I placed glue on a piece and gave it to him while saying what the picture was of. He then glued the piece down in a random spot. I was so happy when I handed him a picture of fire and he said "hot" and the next time he said "ouch." When it was finished, I hung it up on the refrigerator. He goes up to it still a over a week later and points to the tiny pictures and saying what they are. He is just learning how to talk and it is the CUTEST thing in the world...other than when he says No... he, he.
CanTeach: Songs & Poems ~ ADORABLE!
More adorable Thanksgiving songs
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Have a Candy Treasure Hunt!!! I made toilet paper roll binoculars for my son which he decorated with foam stickers. Hide the Halloween candy for them to find. This is great because you can do it both indoors or outdoors and numerous times if they are into it. Hide the candy in different rooms of the house, in your backyard, or even at a park. Let them search for their candy with their binoculars.
Want to see more fun things to do with all that Halloween Candy? Check out Adriana's fun ideas over at her blog ~ My Bilingual Boys.
There are so many resources available on the Internet where you can print coloring pages for free. I love doing this for the holidays. The above is a picture my son painted the other day. I placed small drops of different colored paint in random spots throughout the page. Then I gave him a balled up napkin and showed him how to blot/dab it.
coloring with markers
The next day, we made a handprint train from TheBestKidsBookSite.com Click HERE to find the instructions.
He also played one of his favorite online games which just happens to be a train game. This particular game is more suitable for very young toddlers and teaches them cause and effect. Click HERE to be taken to the KneeBouncers Website to play this game and many more.
For older children, check out the Thomas and Friends website where you will find learning games and activities as well as videos and interesting, fun facts about their favorite engines!
My just turned 2 year old is not old enough for this particular website, however, we do the Alphabet game. I hold the cursor over a letter and he tells me what it is. Then I click on that letter and it says the letter. If it's a letter he doesn't know, I click it several times since repetition is one of the ways they learn at this age. We also click the A-Z button on the bottom right and it goes through each letter of the alphabet while pronouncing them at the same time.
I made these Homemade Animal Masks for my son's Jungle Safari birthday party. He loved the owl mask we did so I knew it would be a big hit! I looked to the Internet for inspiration for the faces. The main circle part is a paper plate (just cut out the center). I glued construction paper onto the paper plate and then cut 2 holes for the eyes. Next, I glued on the ears, the mouth on the zebra, and the lion's hair. When it dried, I detailed the faces with marker. Lastly, glue on a Popsicle stick to use as the handle.
I made these to take to a Halloween party we were attending. They are easy to make and only took about 15 minutes to complete. All you have to do is wrap a Kleenex around a sucker (I used Tootsie Pops) and tie them closed. Draw a face on with black marker and your spooky treat is finished!
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