Good morning readers! Today I’m sharing some of what the Teeny Tot has been up to lately! Since I was posting all of the curriculum forum posts, I haven’t done a Teeny Tot Tuesday post for awhile, and I thought it was time to get you all caught up!

As you can see by her workboxes, she’s been having fun learning all about the Letter R and rainbows this week!

Letter R Memory Verse:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8

Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter R on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.

Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with R! Some ideas: raisins, red, rat, rabbit. We’ve altered this a bit as my preschooler was having a hard time finding thing on her own, so Strawberry Shortcake helped her today, and then we do a “Show-n-Tell” of her items. Much more fun! As you can see she came up with several red items, a radio, and Rachel the American Girl doll.

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.

The Teeny Tot has assumed the responsibility for adding our daily calendar number, then counting the board each day. Click here for more information on our Calendar Time Activities.

Beginning Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!

Color By Number: This is a new idea from a faithful reader! Make sure to print on regular copy paper and follow the color key on the printout. You may have to help your tot associate the colors and numbers the first few times! She’s using the twist up crayons, but I also like to use Mr. Sketch Scented markers sometimes, everyone LOVES the scented markers! (Including Mommy)

Pattern Activity: Just use the pieces to practice pre-math pattern skills.

Cutting Practice: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!

Do-A-Dot Worksheet: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

And here is her finished product on display.

Rainbow Cut-and-Paste: I had several requests for a rainbow cut and paste page, so I’ve added one into my Letter of the Week Curriculum for you all, but as a quick fix for the Teeny Tot, I just used the Roll A Rainbow page and let her cut that out and paste the pieces to a sheet of colored construction paper.

Roll A Rainbow! This is a new game for us too! I found the idea on Play 2 Learn Printables, and had to make one for my alphabet collection! The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll the die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice

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.

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 letters.

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!

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.

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.

Alphabet Letter Match: This is a new one, but I couldn’t resist with the 2 halves of the rainbow it was too easy! So simple, cut the rainbows apart, then use as a capital/lowercase letter matching game! (Sorry, I realize there’s a typo on the jpg, but its fixed on the download!)

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. For older kiddos, page 2 of this download includes clouds with color words on them, so you can have them match the correct color to the word.

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.

Number Practice Skills: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for writing practice.

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

Size Sort: Put these in order small to big or big to small then discuss which is largest, smallest and medium.

Rainbow Number Pegs: We sorted these by color, but you can have them fill in the correct holes for the number on the cards 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:

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!

Rainbow Button Challenge: I found this awesome idea on Mama Jenn’s blog, if you haven’t already, go check it out, she has tons of great ideas on her blog! Here’s her rainbow button challenge:

Rainbow Crayons: Click here to see how to make these sweet little guys.

Read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, and make your own Rainbow Fish craft! It goes great for the Letter R rainbow activities, and it also goes along perfectly with our Letter F For Fish activities!

Rainbow Shape Book: I found this cute You Tube video on how to create a Rainbow Shape book, check it out!

YouTube – Lapbook Lessons: Shape Books

Family Fun Night: Make some yummy Ravioli, and watch Ratatouille!

More Letter R ideas and fun!

NOTES: See my Money Saving Tips for help with printing, laminating and storage questions and tips!

1. Hi! I’m new to your blog, so I apologize if you have already mentioned this, but I have a few questions for you: Just curious when you make time for grocery shopping? Also, how do you handle it when one of your children is sick/teething, etc. and needs your attention all day? Do you have visitors during your school day (grandparents, friends, etc.) or is that time off limits? Thanks so much! I enjoy your blog! : )

Lori
2. Hi! I’m teaching our co-op preschool next week and would love to use your Rainbow alpha match cards, but I can’t seem to download them through the share site. Is there a way to email the PDF? Thanks!

Lindsay P
Thank you.

4. Hi
I love the number puzzles with the rainbow but can’t find it…I only got the one with alphabet….where do I find it??

Sonia Parisien Renaud
5. How much religious content is included in the preschool curriculum? We’re secular homeschoolers.

Mel
1. Hi Mel, there is a daily memory verse included and bible cards you can use along with it. There is also J for Jesus letter, but I do have a J is for Jellybean free alternative download on my printables/preschool page.

erica

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