Each of our Letter of the Week Packets includes a mini book with mini exercises and mini activities for children to practice and do.
It prints out on one sheet of paper, folds up and is just the right size for small hands.
We often begin our Week with introducing the Letter B. I will give small manipulatives to the children and let them fill in their Letter Color Sheet.
This is also the day we sing our Letter B song and talk about the story from the picture where Glimmercat found the baby's bottle:
But let's get into the B things we introduce in each day: First, is butterflies!
We shaved up some broken crayons (the kids got to choose their colors), and then they spread them out as they wished between pieces of wax paper. I worked the iron.
They turned out so cute, especially hanging in the window! You may need to help them cut out around the butterfly antennae: those were tricky, too.
Butterflies are so fascinating to small children. If you get the chance, have your kids watch this delightful YouTube video that is a time-lapse videography capturing the building of cocoons by caterpillars, and then the adult painted lady butterflies breaking out of their little shells with fully developed wings.
We love our Memory Game for each letter that comes along! There is lots of practice for cutting here, or you could precut the squares so all that is left to do is play the game!
This little bat craft is easily put together with a big Brown pom pom for the bat body. You could even hang the little bats from the ceiling when you were all done.
On Day 2 and read over the activity and craft we have for Bears.
This is a simple cut-out and paste bear critter, and it would be great to read a storybook that includes bears, after doing this craft. One of my favorites is an oldie, but goodie: "Blueberries for Sal", by Robert McClosky.
This story is so sweet with such fun pictures and besides, it includes such fun "B" words: Bear, and Blueberries. I decided to do a Reading Literacy printable that would work with this story, so we have this fun lesson in the B packet:
Of course, you will need "Blueberries" or something that can pass as blueberries to put into your pail. I suppose, you could just use a blue marker. Yep, that would work. But it wouldn't be nearly so tasty!
We also did (as an extra idea) another edible craft (this would be more for our Homeschool friends):
We began with a slice of bread (I made homemade bread so it would be nice and soft, but any soft bread would probably work). We got out the butterfly cookie cutter and soon had perfect little bread butterflies ready for take-off.
The "paint" is simply milk that has had a few drops of food coloring added. The kids painted their butterflies using Q-tips (my favorite go-to preschool paint brush!).
The kids very carefully painted their butterflies. Then we added a sprinkling of sugar and a few colored sprinkles just to make them extra pretty.
You wouldn't think that milk painted toast with just a bit of sugar could taste that amazing, but to hear those children as they ate their butterflies, you would think I had fed them sweet nectar from heaven!
There are several more B activities in the Letter of the Week packet, along with our regular B curriculum (writing practice sheets, dot to dot, maze, etc.). For more information, check it out here:
And here's the full list, Alphabet Letter of the Week packets:
Letter of the Week for A
Letter of the Week for B
Letter of the Week for C
Letter of the Week for D
Letter of the Week for E
Letter of the Week for F
Letter of the Week for G
Letter of the Week for H
Letter of the Week for I
Letter of the Week for J
Letter of the Week for K
Letter of the Week for L
Letter of the Week for M
Letter of the Week for N
Letter of the Week for O
Letter of the Week for P
Letter of the Week for Q
Letter of the Week for R
Letter of the Week for S
Letter of the Week for T
Letter of the Week for U
Letter of the Week for V
Letter of the Week for W
Letter of the Week for X