Monday, October 19, 2015

Letter of the Week for R

We are Rocking with the letter R!  Look at all these FUN crafts and activities! 

This packet is available in our store.  But let's go over these things first here... Each of our letter of the week packets is set up so that we focus on one "R word" each day of the week.  One of those days is "Rocket". 

This was SUCH an exciting craft for my daughter and my son!  First, they cut out their rocket-ship and the small rectangle accompanying it.  The small rectangle then was fit snugly around a straw and taped (I helped with this part). 

The end of the rectangle at the top of the straw was also folded over and taped...and then we taped this to the back of the Rocket Ship.

Next, I had the kids draw a little person in the window of their Rocket Ships...(just for fun!)

And then they blew their Rocket ships...

They had a blast (hardy-har-har).  In our Letter of the Week packet, we also have a fun puzzle activity that shows a rocket when it is all put together. 

Next Day, we focused on R is for Rabbit. 

Here, my son is cutting out the pieces that turn a non-descript toilet paper roll into a cute little bunny rabbit.  We kept our Rabbit cut-outs to the same soft brown color, so there is no need for paint with this craft.  Just googly eyes.  The backside of the Rabbit goes on the backside, of course.  Everything else (ears, eyes, front feet, face) goes on the front.  We also took a cotton ball and broke it in half went on the rabbit's tail, and one half went above his eyes and between his ears.

Now, that's one cute little Rabbit.  If you are looking for just this Rabbit craft, you could pick it up as a single craft here in this Peter Rabbit Reading Literacy Activity Packet

When we introduce R for this letter, we also introduce raccoons, since Glimmercat is meeting one in the woods.  I'm going to share the song with you here because it is a cute and memorable way for children to remember the sound for R.

After a song like that, we had to make our kids into little Raccoons so that they could go "Rrrrrr", too.

Most children love to play-act, and getting to be a little Raccoon that runs around and growls, "Rrrrrr!" was the most fun ever.

Just to show kids that Raccoons do, in fact growl, here's a short video of a Raccoon growling:

Our Raccoon craft is purposely not colored because we wanted to use a shape-color connection for kids to create their raccoon in generally accurate tones.  I helped her cut it out, though.

My son thought his sister's mask was so cool, he wanted to be a Raccoon, too.  So...

The final craft I will share here is our little Rainbow Craft.  Easy to do and just needs coloring and cotton balls.  (I love keeping those added materials as inexpensive as possible!).  We tried ours in markers.  This wasn't the best plan as our paper tended to wilt from the moisture of the pens.  I'd say sticking with crayons or colored pencils for this one would be best.  Unless you have thicker paper than I do myself.

I love to share about our Reading Literacy inserts, because we have so much fun with these in our home.  For the letter R, we decided to do "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter.  So our Literacy Activity was creating a Peter Rabbit Pictograph, where my son chose the amount of vegetables that he believed Peter ate. With this reading literacy activity, we practiced Inference, as all that the delightful Beatrix Potter shares in her story is:  "Peter ate lettuces, radishes and beans".  And we know that Peter gets sick from having eaten so many.

For a lot more R activities, both printables, reading literacy activities, flash cards and a Letter R Matching Game, head over to our teacher store here.

For the other alphabet letter of the week packets, we offer the following blog links with crafts included:

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

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