My 3 year old is all about his ABCs right now – it’s a common occurrence to hear him singing the alphabet, so I decided to take advantage of his interest and start a letter of the week. This week is the letter P.
His easel is dry-erase on one side and a chalkboard on the other. I found some cool dry-erase crayons by Crayola and so far they seem to be much more kid-friendly than the markers.
In spirit of the letter P, we talked about things that start with P. I was aiming for a few things that would fulfill his tactile needs and engage his senses and figured food and crafts would be a good place to start. I wanted to incorporate the season as well.
We made apple pie, and talked about shapes. The pie is a circle, the top is cut into strips of rectangles, etc.
The boys like to “help” by standing on chairs next to me as I work. They’ll help me count out the cups of flour, count how many eggs, things like that. My almost-two-year old loves to whisk the dry ingredients and make dough. Messy learning is sometimes the best kind.
We also made little pumpkins with cardstock and a gluestick (and scissors, but I did the cutting for them) and talked about the shape and color. Their pumpkins are currently adorning our mantel :)
I’m gradually acquiring ideas and supplies to do more with the fall season. I want to make our mantel a central location to display their crafts – I think we can pull off a Thanksgiving garland and a few crafty pumpkins, and go on a nature walk to find leaves and pinecones. That’s a little glimpse into our “preschool” activities – looking forward to sharing more of it! :)