Welcome to the Letter N. We’ll be having fun with Nests this week! Hope you enjoy it!
Letter N Memory Verse:
“No one can serve two masters.” Matthew 6:24
Click here to download the verse puzzle. (Note: I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek)
For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses
Letter N Letter Hunt Worksheet: We read the story then I have her circle all of the capital and lowercase N’s she can find.
1-20 Clothes Pin Counting Cards: I found some fun colored clothes pins at an office supply store a few weeks back. My daughter counts the items on the card then puts a clip on the correct number.
Letter N Handwriting Writing: This is my K4 Handwriting practice sheet. It includes practice lines then the actual upper and lowercase letters in a larger font for smaller people :o)
Pre-Writing Practice Skills: I laminate this, cut all the little cards out and then hole punch the upper left corner and bind with a key-ring. Then we use Expo Dry Erase Markers to pre-practice writing skills.
Letter Poking Page: I found this fun idea on Activity Mom. Instead of tracing, we are going to use a toothpick, or we have these cute Oversized Push Pins, to poke holes through the paper in the shape of the letter. Print on regular paper for easier poking, and do this one on carpet 🙂 Another idea would be to hole punch along the lines of the letter as well. Both work on motor skills!
Coloring Page: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they’re called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers. They’re shorter and easier for her to use. These pictured are chubby markers, they also make a skinny version. I got mine at Wal-mart.
Letter Tracing Card: This is new, I made it for kiddos who aren’t quite ready for my pre-writing or writing practice books. Its large and easier to trace. You can trace the letters with their finger, pencil, markers, or laminate and use Expo Dry Erase Markers
Size Sort: Put these in order small to big or big to small then discuss which is largest, smallest and medium.
Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with N! Some ideas: nest, noodle, necktie
Beginning Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!
Pattern Activity: Just use the pieces to practice pre-math pattern skills.
Magnet Page: I use this cute activity with a cookie sheet and pom-pom magnets I made from pom-poms and self-sticky magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.75 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors
Letter Matching: This is a fun letter matching activity, that practices both upper and lowercase letters recognition! If you’re looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! (The download includes upper and lowercase letter disks and activity cards) Click here to see the process of making the letters.
(Please note, the original idea for this game came from Tot School and Carisa’s blog.)
Lacing Card: I make sure to laminate this one for durability, then punch with a hole punch every inch or so for lacing practice. Teach them patterns to do with this as well, like up from the bottom each time, or in-out-in-out sewing. Whatever pattern you can think of.
Capital/Lowercase sorting: Simple, just sort the uppercase and lowercase letter cards onto the correct side of the game board.
Graphing Practice: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with Expo Dry Erase Markers, or put bingo markers on it. You could also use the little stars I provided in the Jesus Number Cards game below.
Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order.
Do-A-Dot Worksheet: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!
Cutting Practice: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!
Counting Cards: I use these with either mini-clothes pins, colored paper clips, or put a hole in them and have her attach chain links to them. Whatever you use, just have them put on the correct amount for the number on the card. These are also good for putting in numerical order.
Color Puzzles: I cut these little guys out then cut them in half in as many interesting ways as I could think of to make tiny color matching puzzles.
11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!
Finger Tracing Paint Bag: This is simple and fun, I filled a bag with tempura paint, you could also use cheap shaving cream. Then I’ll tape it to her desk for her to practice writing her letter on using her finger. You could also skip the bag and put shaving cream on your counter if you’re feeling brave ;o) After we do the letters we do numbers, shapes, and whatever else we can think of! (Okay, so I used the letter w paint bag, but you get the idea!)
Foam Letter Builders: I cut the shapes from foam and let her use them to make the letters. You could also use my Magnetic Letter Builders as well!
Letter Collage Worksheets: The download includes letters A-Z as well as a collage idea sheet. We use the collage items as objects to decorate our letters for an alphabet book. We also color, paint, and stamp them. Since we use both upper and lowercase, I have provided both for you! Click here to download the Letter Collages:
Color Cubes: I found a new use for our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards! First we traced the letters with her finger, then we used our 1″ building blocks to make the letter. She also picked 2 colors of blocks and did a pattern as she made her letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a new variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too! Click here for more fun with Creative Color Cube Activity Cards.
Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word “nest” so she knows the order of the letters. I got my lacing beads from Lakeshore Learning but these look more fun to me: Bead Bazaar Lacing Kits – Alphabet Lacing Kit
Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.
Birds Nest Craft: We’re going to attempt the yarn nest and pom-pom chick’s craft. From what I hear the nest takes a couple days to dry, so we may try something else. I’ll update this post when we’re done! That or we’ll do this one, a nest craft from No Time For Flashcards!
Family Fun Night: Make some Nachos or a bird’s Nest (recipe below), and watch Finding Nemo !
Edible Bird’s Nest Recipe!
Melt butterscotch, peanut butter, or chocolate chips in the microwave. Put a few chow mein noodles in each section of a muffin tin. Pour melted chips over noodles. Let cool. You can put jelly beans in for the eggs after your nests have cooled. Pop them out of the muffin tin and serve. See Mama Jenn’s Blog for a sweet picture!
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