My son started preschool this year. He is a year younger than my daughter was when she started preschool. I have noticed quickly how differently a 3 year old learns as opposed to how my 4 year old learned last year. My daughter was able to quickly learn and remember the letters they taught each week at school. My son on the other hand has had a lot harder time remembering the letters, which I know has a lot to do with his age and attention span.
To help him with being able to remember the letters better, I decided that on one his days off from school during the week, we would do letter activities for the letter he was learning that week. Besides being a great way of reinforcing the letters and their sounds, it has also been a fun way for us to bond and have one on one time together.
Week one was of course letter A.
For this week we ended up only doing one activity but it ended up being a fun one.
What you need for this alligator activity:
- Green, white, and one other color of construction paper
How we made the A is for Alligator picture:
Since my son is only three I did a lot of the prep work. I cut out the green squares and the white triangles. I also drew a big block letter A on the background construction paper.
My son was able to do everything else which was to glue on all of the papers I had cut out.
Something that we ended up forgetting to add, but it turned out great anyway, was an eye. This can be done easily with a white circle cut from construction paper and a smaller black circle.
This activity was a hit!
My son was not only able to learn more about the letter A but also practice gluing and following directions. It also gave us a chance to go over different colors and shapes.
I can’t wait to share what other activities we will be doing this year. Feel free to let us know in the comments if you have done any letter A activities with your kids that you loved!