Welcome to our Letter O Week! We are having fun with Octopus this week!
A-Z Handwriting Worksheets: These worksheets have practice lines plus upper and lowercase letter writing practice. You can also laminate or put in page protectors so they can be reused!
Letter O Letter Hunt: Today we used our do-a-dot markers to highlight all of the letter O’s in the story!
Number Clip Cards: The clip cards are to either put in order 1-10, or clip the correct amount of paper clips on, or mini-clothes pins, or cheerios, whatever you can use to get them counting!
Octopus 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 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!
Oo Tracing Card:I made this for kiddos who aren’t quite ready for my pre-writing or writing practice books. Its large and easier to trace. You could use markers, or laminate and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers
Letter O Scavenger Hunt:Fill the box with things that start with O! Some ideas: octopus, ostrich, orange, olive.
Octopus Numbers Practice: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.
Octopus Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!
Octopus Pattern Activity: Just use the pieces to practice pre-math pattern skills.
Octopus Magnet Page: I use this with a cookie sheet and these 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
Oo lacing cards: I just printed big O’s on construction paper, laminated and punched holes! You can download my Large Alphabet A-Z lacing cards here.
Octopus 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. I also made some Oscar and COOkie Monster cards, click here to download the Sesame Street Cards.
Octopus 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.
Octopus Graphing: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with Expo Dry Erase Markers, or put bingo markers or little valentine heart candies on it.
Octopus 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. The number cards go from 1-10. Here’s a sample of them from our Letter V week.
Octopus Cutting Practice: Simply print and let your child try cutting along the lines!
Letter O sign language practice:
Octopus Counting game: This download comes with number tiles and 10 octopus to put on page. Simply place a number in the square then have your child put the correct amount of octopus pieces on the game board.
Nature Walk Outdoor study grid, she’ll find 6 things in nature and draw pictures of them.
Octopus Size Sort game: Organize game pieces by size, then discuss what Small, Medium and Large mean. You candownload it here.
11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!
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!
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!
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 use our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards to serve as templates for our 1″ building blocks. We pick 2 colors of blocks and do a pattern as we form the letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too! Click here for more fun with Creative Color Cube Activity Cards
rOll the Dice game: I downloaded this from 7 Renfros, your child rolls a die then circles that number on the path. For example a number 2 is rolled, the child would find the line with the number 2’s and circle the first 2 in the line for that bug. The first number rolled 10 times wins. Draw a star or a ribbon in the box for the bug who won the race. I laminated mine so that we could do it a few times, then we just used the dry erase markers on it.
Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word “octopus” 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
Play Balloon Volleyball: A good friend of mine over at 7renfros suggested a fun game called “Balloon volleyball”, its basically a toddler-friendly version of regular volleyball. Kids take turns batting a balloon up in the air, with the goal of trying to keep it off the ground as it floats downward. You can shout out words that start with the letter “O” each time you hit the balloon! Thanks Melissa, great idea!
Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.
Magnetic Alphabet Builders: You can download the magnetic alphabet file here. I have a Xyron 9″ laminator and I found some magnetic laminate from Joann’s. (Use a 40% off coupon as its a little pricey!) I rolled the printout through the magnetic laminate and cut it out and voila!
Letter Identification: Pick out the letter “O” and “o” from the others using Magnetic Alphabet Letters and whiteboard:
Family Fun Night: Have some oranges or orange juice and read Owl Babies
Or watch the animated online version: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
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