I've been doing a theme for every week, and for our first week I chose the ever-classic "A is for Apple." Here are some of the things we did.
To work on letter recognition we did an apple a and an alligator A. You can see them up on London's art wall here. I forgot to take individual pictures of them, so this is as good as it's gonna get. ;)
here and here.
We also did a "sticker search." This is a simple game where we look for the letter A all over the house. Once London finds one, we put an "A" sticker on it. We also played where we just had to find something that started with the letter A. This version was a little bit beyond her right now, but it was fun for me to mix it up a little.
I've been working on making London a fabric alphabet (inspiration found here), and thought they would be fun to use while we work on our letters. We use these for a game too. I will hide the letters and give her hints on where to find them. She gets so pumped when she finally does. "I FOUND THE A!!!!" Trust me, it's awesome. I'm just excited that she's starting to realize that not every letter is 'G'. Parenthood is all about the small things.
And our last letter recognition activity was a game we played on the chalkboard. I would write a word and she would find the A's in it. It was fun (and easy!) and helped us focus on the difference between uppercase and lowercase.
|Our favorite not-Disney Princess.|
|Sorry instagram followers, you have already seen this cuteness. Apple prints for our apple wreath.|
|This was her favorite project. She cut out all the strips we glued to the apple. Tutorial here.|
|Working on her fine motor apples.|
|Quote of the week: "Mom, I got Blue's Clues hands!"|
|Finished fine motor apples. Tutorial here.|
|Didn't get any close ups of our wreath or our apple tree, but here is the tutorial for our yarn apples in the tree.|
I also made a sensory bin for with an "apple pie" theme. IT SMELLED DELICIOUS.
|Juliet got in on this action.|
|Making "apple cookies." Sounds good.|
|Smells good enough to eat!|
There was also apple pie playdough...which also smelled delicious.
|Directions found here.|
We counted apple seeds.
|Simple and fun. Explanation here.|
And we observed how vinegar and baking soda react in our apple volcanoes. "BUBBLES!!"
|This never gets old!!!|
As much fun as all this was, I have to say the crowning moment of the week was our field trip to an apple orchard. It was a long drive, but so much fun! London loved running through the trees and exploring the farm. We went to Nivens Apple Farm, near Spartanburg, South Carolina.
|Butterfly enjoying a fallen apple. These little guys were everywhere!|
|Because we were there too!|
|They have a pumpkin patch too!|
After naps, we had an apple feast! Complete with several kinds of apple slices, apple butter sandwiches, and an apple fritter.
So there you go. I actually had a lot of fun with this, so hopefully London is liking it too.