Saturday, August 27, 2011

Toddler Activities for the Letter V

Sorry for the blurry picture...

I found inspiration for this idea from one of my favorite blogs No Time For Flashcards. It worked well for my two year old, who hasn't been too interested in crafts lately. She enjoyed making the flowers and using her glue stick to keep them in place.

construction paper
tissue paper
glue stick

Step One:
Draw a large capital "V" and ask your toddler or preschooler to help you cut it out.


Step Two:
Glue your "V" onto another piece of construction paper, leaving the very tops of the "V" open. I stapled the tops of the "V" for extra reinforcement for the straws. Trim the straws to their desired length and place in the tops of the "V." I used the bendy straws so the tops could hang over the top of the "vase."

Step Three:
Cut out a square of tissue paper and have your toddler or preschooler twist it lengthwise. Glue one end to the paper at the top of the straw and wrap the paper around itself until you have a circular "rose."

Step Four:
Glue roses to the tops of the rest of your straws and put up for display!


My four year old had her own idea; she wanted to glue her flowers upside down.
I asked, "Where will the water go? Won't it fall out?" She thought about that and decided to draw the water above the vase. Problem solved.

We also read some books about gardens and vegetables. I placed some zucchini, green beans, bell peppers, and a jalapeno in a paper bag and had the girls pull them out one at a time. We talked about which vegetables grow above the ground and which ones grow below the ground (using our book as a guide).
I drew some of the vegetables we talked about onto white paper and had my four year old cut them out and color them. Then she "planted" them in the ground (brown construction paper).
This was a great activity for her to work on by herself!

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