Children benefit from noticing and talking about similarities and differences in shapes, colors, and sizes. In the story I Have a Balloon, monkey tries to keep owl from realizing his balloon popped by offering other red things as substitutes. This is a great opportunity to discuss the differences in size and shape of similar colored items. This kind of activity is a precursor to learning to recognize letters (which children learn based on their shape), and developing skills necessary for learning to read.
Songs & Activities
This Is What My Feet Can Do
This is what my feet can do, feet can do, feet can do.
This is what my feet can do, can you do it too?
Let your feet go hop, hop, hop; hop, hop, hop; hop, hop, hop
Let your feet go hop, hop,.hop, all around the room.
Continue with other foot motions like:
slide, slide, slide
moonwalk, moonwalk, moonwalk
shuffle, shuffle, shuffle
skip, skip, skip
heel walk, heel walk, heel walk
dance, dance, dance
run in place, run in place, run in place
tap your toes, tap your toes, tap your toes
do the twist, do the twist, do the twist
march, march, march
Borrowed from - Source: ACLA Youth Services
Create a fun game for your children easily following the following instructions:
1) Cut themed photos from old magazines or print and cut images from the web.
2) Glue images to a heavy piece of paper/cardstock.
3) Cut a second set of images or write a corresponding word on separate slips of paper. Create extra images so not every call is a match.
4) Provide your children with paint daubers or large trinkets like jumbo buttons, checkers, etc.
5) Show a picture or call out a word & guide your children to cover the image if they have one.
6) The first one to cover a straight line of images, or the whole sheet depending on how you want to play the game, is the winner.
Provide your child with an outline image of a sneaker or other shoe. Encourage your child to use paint, crayons, stickers, pom poms, buttons, string, etc., to design a fun pair of shoes. Cut around the images, add yarn to the tops of both and hang them over a piece of string.