We've been having fun with "V" in alphabet school this week! These are the crafts and activities that worked for this 22-month-old.
Writing "V." I have been loving my dry erase markers! I can scribble all day with those things! Or half the day, and erase the other half. And "V" is now my second favoritist letter to write (after "O")! "Down, up" - that's all there is to it!
Vest. We made a vest out of a brown grocery paper bag! I colored with my markers, and I had Mommy trace my hands and feet over and over on it. Then I cut a fringe all around the bottom as Mommy held the vest for me. Way cool!
Vases. We took two glass jars, took the labels off (oil works great to get them off), and then painted them!
Then Papa bought some flowers for us to put in them. Aren't they pretty?
Vowels. We did a couple of drills through the vowels again. I get some of them mixed up, still, though I can ALWAYS recognize the "O"! It's been a while since we focused on them - not much since I was just a baby and vowels were the only sounds I could make! And we watched the vowel and V stuff on http://www.starfall.com/.
Valentine's Crafts. We had all kinds of fun with Valentine's crafts! I LOVE hearts...
Conversation Candy Hearts. I took a small box of those candy hearts and sorted them out by color. Mommy had put colored clothespins on empty yogurt containers, and I put the right hearts in the matching clothespin container - with a little corrective assistance from Mommy... But I did pretty good all by myself!
Then I put them very carefully onto a rainbow sheet! I have very good hand-eye coordination, Mommy says... We talked about gluing them down, but it was much simpler just to place them down without the glue.
One box of candies wasn't nearly enough to fill the whole rainbow, but it was just about the right amount for little me.... Now comes the important part - cleaning up and putting the candies back in the box!
Tissue Suncatcher. It's been a while since I've made any suncatchers - tissue paper torn up and put onto a contact paper shape, then a mirroring contact paper put on top of it. For this one, we tore up pink and red tissue paper and put it on a LARGE sheet of contact paper. Then Mommy covered it with another large piece of contact paper and cut heart shapes out of it (heart shape from a cookie cutter). Then she cut holes in each heart and ran a ribbon (bought in after-Christmas sale) through the hearts to make this garland. Pretty, isn't it?
Sticker Cards. I LOVE stickers. Especially pink heart- & butterfly-shaped ones! Here I am making a card with them...
Stamp Cards. I LOVE rubber stamps, too! We got a red and a purple stamp pad, and I went stamp-crazy with Valentine shapes! I even stamped the stamp pads directly onto my paper!
Chocolate Fondue. What's Valentine's Day without some chocolate fondue? We dipped strawberries, bananas, cut up cereal bars, and graham cracker pieces into chocolate fondue and yogurt! I loved using my fondue stick. And my favorite combination? Scooby Doo graham cracker dog bone dipped in chocolate and then vanilla yogurt...
Play Doh Hearts. I have been loving my play doh! We got some heart cookie cutters - used for several of these crafts, but mostly for making pink play doh hearts!
Dancing. What would Valentine's Day be without some romantic music and dancing? Here I am teaching my cousins' doll how to dance. And Mommy and I have been listening to Top of the World by The Carpenters each morning while we eat breakfast!
Felt Sewn Heart. Mommy bought this felt heart kit with holes already punched into it and a big plastic needle for sewing with yarn. It was my first sewing project - after making ziti bracelets last week, Mommy decided it was time, even though the whole project was a little advanced for me.
Heart Stamping. Here was another use of our heart-shaped cookie cutters! We dipped them in paint and stamped them onto pieces of paper, which we can make cards out of later. I helped Mommy with the one on the left, and I did the one on the right all by myself!
Hugging Heart. We made a hugging heart using a cereal box. Mommy cut one big heart shape and 2 little heart shapes out, plus two strips to fold zigzag. Then I colored the hearts and she taped it all together. See my face on the big heart? I am now a face EXPERT!
- vacuuming (don't check out our carpet right now!),
- vegetables (I DID eat some, but we just didn't get a photo of it!),
- vet (none of my animals were sick this week),
- vote (so far the vote in this house is always two to one against me...),
- volcano (too much time to get that paper mache thing built), and
- valley (too muddy to make one out of dirt).
Now we're doing a U-Turn for "U" activities next week! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
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