Monday, April 14, 2014

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Letter "X" Preschool Activities

Today I have 2-1/2 hours worth of Letter "X" activities for your preschool day!!  We participate in a weekly letter-themed preschool co-op for my 3-year old son and just taught the "Letter X" Day.  Of course, I thought I'd share my brilliant lesson plan with you!

1.  Sensory Bin!

I use a giant sensory bin as a gathering activity.  With rice as a filler, I like to include construction trucks and little "x" cubes from my alphabet cubes.

2.  Circle Time

The kids are all looking forward to birthdays in the next two months, so we talked about turning four and birthdays.  Then we talked about the letter "X," practiced drawing it on a chalk board, used our arms and legs to make "x" shapes, and went on a "Letter X Hunt" with the alphabet cubes.  Can you see an "x?"  :)

We talked about bones, looked at a skeleton, and studied real x-rays!  Click here for more details.

Click here for all the details about this fun x-ray craft!

5.  Outside Play & X Challenge

Outside play is a critical part of any child's morning!  The "X Challenge" is to use any material outside (sticks, rocks, leaves, etc.) to make the letter "x!"

6.  Snack

We had cheese and Chex Mix (Oooh, look!  Two x's in Chex Mix!)  The kids used their string cheese to make x's!

7.  Book:  Green Eggs & Ham

Reading is another critical part of any preschooler's morning!  This is a delightful book, and it uses words with "x" like "box" and "fox" many times!

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Box Play:  What can you do with a box?  Use a big box (we have lots of diaper boxes) and pretend it is...anything!  An airplane, a bus, a boat, a giant snake.  Let your kiddos's imaginations go wild!  Go for a drive, a flight, or a tangle with a kangaroo!  What do you see in a box?

8.  Pin the Tail on the Fox

This was my daughter's rather brilliant idea, and I love how it turned out!  Click here for details!

9.  Play Dough Print Painting

We used this fun play dough print painting to make little x's and then print them on a paper.  Of course, everyone was so enthralled by the process, that we had loads of other play dough paint prints too!  Click here for the details!

10.  Free Play

The kids had about 10 minutes at the end of the morning to play with each other and explore the toys in our play room.  I also leave out crayons, markers, stamps, glue, scissors, and paper at our art station that they have free access to at this point as well.

Do you use a letter-themed preschool curriculum?  Have you ever been part of a preschool co-op?  I'd love to hear about it!

I may share at any of these parties!