Tuesday, April 1, 2014

If You Give a Kid The Letter "M"...

...he's going to do lots of marvelous activities. Continuing our author study of Laura Numeroff books, this week we read If You Give a Moose a Muffin. After reading the book, we did a fine motor, counting activity where Jack had to use tongs to pick up small puff balls and place them in a muffin pan. Each slot in the pan had a number, so he had to place that number of puff balls in that spot. 

Next, I drew an "M" for him so he could practice cutting. "M" is a great letter for cutting practice because of all of the straight lines. I didn't take a picture of the finished product, but let's just say cutting is something on which we need more practice. 

I cut out another large "M" and he practiced writing the letter "M" ON the letter "M"!

On a third letter "M" that I cut out, we brainstormed all of the words we could think of that began with the letter. He needed a little guidance at first. I said things like, "Can you think of any foods that start with "M"? or Do you see anything in this room that starts with "M"?" We came up with a long list including, Mom, microwave, minivan, Meghan, and markers. 

Another day, I gave him a few pieces of paper with pictures, some of which began with "M". I told him to stamp an "M" under all of the M-words.

Oops, almost thought airplane began with "M". 

Then we made a paper bag moose by using a cut out tracing of his hands as the moose antlers. This was his first experience with paper bag puppets and he thought it was hilarious. Gotta love toddler humor!

Then of course, If You Give a Moose a Muffin would not be complete without baking actual muffins! I decided to try making up my own muffin recipe. Well, let's just say the muffins were edible, but it was the actual toddler baking experience that was a success!

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