Today we started a new series called the Letter of the Week! Gray has recently started showing an interest in learning his letters, when he see’s one he points to it, inquiring what it is called and has started identifying them (admittedly he only knows B, H and R on sight now but hopefully by the end he will know some more) and repeating what they are called when I tell him. So now every weekend we will feature the next letter in the alphabet and share some activities and crafts we did that day. We started off the day with a little display I made in a cake pan full of things that started with the letter A, a book and some small examples of the letter A. Ours had a small plastic apple, a spear of asparagus, a wooden ambulance, an alligator, an ant, and an airplane. As he explored it we discussed the different objects and sounded out the words, emphasizing the A sound.
For snack we had chocolate Avocado nibs, a recipe he adores (and so do I) that can be found on this wonderful blog called Cheerfully Imperfect which I made into little Ants using cheese for legs on a pita.
After nap we did some stamping with a homemade stamp I made out of an apple. It was really simple to make, I just carved the letter A in half of an apple (I’m pretty sure a potato would also work) with a knife, using the apple seed divet as the hole in the A and stored it in an airtight container overnight so it wouldn’t get all mushy.
I poured some paint onto a paper plate and we stamped the apple into the paint and onto a piece of construction paper, Gray really likes stamping so we tend to do this a lot. This was his picture.
We finished off our day of observing some ants outdoors and looking at their ant hills while I explained how they make tunnels underground ( I’m fairly certain he didn’t quite understand this but he seemed to be interested.) all the while emphasizing that Ant starts with the letter A.
That is all for our day learning about the letter A, feel free to join us again next week as we explore the letter B, and thanks for stopping by Excite and Explore!
May 17, 2014 at 2:39 am
I love the apple A stamp! All these ideas are so neat. How old is your little guy?
May 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm
He will be two next month! (I am still in denial about this however) He loves stamping things, generally with all the force he can muster so making our own stamps is usually a better option for us.
May 17, 2014 at 4:24 am
Thank you for sharing my recipe! What a sweet post. Your little guys is so cute!
May 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm
We love your recipe in our house! Thank YOU for sharing it, it quickly became my toddlers favourite ‘dessert’!
May 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm
So nice to meet you. Glad you could join in with Lovin’ The Weekend. I have 4 little children at home that we are homeschooling. My youngest is 2 so we still do a lot of toddler activities. I am looking forward to seeing your posts, I have signed up to receive your emails.
I love that you used the apple to make the letter A stamp. Wonderful idea!
Just as an FYI, I host an (almost) weekly link up called Toddler Idea Tuesday. I say almost because sometimes I get so busy I don’t get it posted. I would love for you to stop by and share your posts when you get a chance. I also highlight featured posts and pin all of the posts that link up to my Toddler Ideas board.
Hope to see you stop by and I am looking forward to seeing what else you do with your little one. Have a great weekend.
May 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm
Glad to hear from you Karen! We would be thrilled to participate in your link up, we hope you have a fantastic weekend as well!
June 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm
I am so sorry I didn’t stop by sooner to thank you for linking up with Toddler Idea Tuesday. I haven’t posted for a couple of weeks for a couple of reasons, but we are geared back up and raring to go. Wanted to let you know your post will be featured this week. Hope to see you again this week.
Have a great afternoon.
June 11, 2014 at 12:46 am
Don’t worry about it, we will definitely be back!