Tot School: The Letter C
This week we learned about the letter C! We did a bunch of fun activities full of cars, cows, and cupcakes. You can purchase this full week of Letter C Curriculum on my TpT shop! And if you are eager to jump ahead to the Letter D Curriculum, you can purchase that now as well!
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Week 3: The Letter C
Letter C Books
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
My Car by Byron Barton
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
Letter C Curriculum
You can purchase a full week of letter C curriculum for just $5 on my TpT shop! Within this curriculum, you will be given the calendar pictured above + all the activities I made for the week. The early learning standards are also included. The main intention behind this weekly curriculum is to give you some inspiration and structure! It is easy to get lost in the rabbit hole that is Pinterest, so I do the hard work of planning and brainstorming for you! All you need to do is print and have fun with your little one!
Monday: Cloud in the Jar + Fill the Cloud Activity
After reading Little Cloud by Eric Carle, we did a hands-on science experiment by making our own “clouds.” For this activity, simply take a jar, fill with water, and spray a small amount of shaving cream to make the cloud. In a separate dish, prepare some blue water. Using eye droppers, H dropped the blue water on top of the “cloud”. We then watched as the blue water began to “rain” in the jar. This was a really cool visual and hands-on activity.
Using the “Fill the Cloud” printable, I let H dip cotton balls into Elmer’s glue and fill the cloud. We did this in a park, so after placing a few cotton balls, he was off to running around. Hey, at least he was engaged for a minute!
Tuesday: Car Activities
In our preschool pod this week, we read My Car by Byron Barton. This was definitely H’s favorite book of the week. The language is super simple and the illustrations are bright and engaging.
For the letter C alphabet book activity, we used cars to make paint tracks over the letter C. You can get the alphabet book for just $2 here. Painting with cars was a hit by all the boys! We even did a “car race.” I simply set up butcher paper with a start and finish line and the boys “raced” their cars.
The “Park the Car” activity is another fun one and great for both reviewing colors and beginning to work on word recognition. For this activity, I printed, laminated, and cut the cars out. I put the colored parking lot in a plastic sleeve. I simply handed H a car and asked him to match it to the right parking spot. I even brought this activity with us to a restaurant and it was a great way to distract him for a few minutes.
Wednesday: Corduroy Do-A-Dot + Button Stringing
We started off the day with the beloved classic, Corduroy by Don Freeman. After we read this book together, Hudson did a letter C do-a-dot themed off of Corduroy. These cute little printables are included in my Letter C Curriculum.
To work on fine motor skills, I printed out the colored buttons, laminated them, and put 2 hole punches in each of them. I got a piece of yarn and put tape on one end to help with threading. This was a new skill I was introducing to H, so I modeled how to thread the string and then let him take a try. He was able to get it through one hole, but that was about it. I will continue placing this activity out to give him some more fine-motor practice. This is another great activity to review colors!
Thursday: Visit a Cow + Cookie Counting
We went to Zoomar’s in San Juan Capistrano and got the chance to say hi to a cow named Jersey. It was not exactly the cow H was picturing, but he still really enjoyed seeing an actual cow. He talked about it all day.
Later that afternoon, we read Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson and did some chocolate chip counting. These are very similar counting mats to the other mats in the previous weeks of curriculum. Using similar counting mats each week is a great way to get your little one more comfortable with the skill presented.
Friday: Build-A-Cupcake Play-Dough Tray + Place the Sprinkles on the C’s
I setup a really fun play-dough tray to go along with the book, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. For the play-dough, I made a frosting one. I used Mothercould’s recipe that calls for 1 cup frosting + 3/4 cups cornstarch. I ended up having to add a ton of flour and it was still was pretty sticky and made a mess! But hey, H loved it…my husband not so much!
This is a great outdoor play-dough tray since it can get a bit messy. Despite the stickiness, H loved using the ice cream scooper to scoop the dough into the cupcake tray. He also loved sticking in the candles. Again, this is great fine motor practice + open ended creativity!
We wrapped up the week by continuing to work on our fine motor skills and moving the sprinkles to cover the C’s on the cupcake. This activity is also in the Letter C Curriculum. I printed and laminated this printable. I cut out all the sprinkles and cut each cupcake into its own card. I realized that the sprinkles were a bit difficult to move with our fingers, so we used a Q-tip to move the sprinkle to cover the C.
Letter C Sensory Bin
This is what our letter C sensory bin looked like this week! Again, these sensory bins are perfect to throw together at the beginning of the week and leave out all week for your little one to look at and interact with.
You can purchase this week of curriculum for just $5 at my TpT store!