So far we’ve done activities using vehicles for the letters A-I. It’s time for the letter “J.”
The first vehicle starting with the letter J that we could come up with was “jet.” And so we did “J” Is for Jet this week.
We’ve done enough different vehicle activities that this time my preschooler played a big part in planning our day. I love that he wanted to take a little control over which activities we did!
I like to start our activities out by doing a little practice with recognizing the capital and lower case letter and writing it as well. This time around we decided to use objects to help form the letter “J.”
First I made a capital and lower case letter J on a large sheet of paper. Then the preschooler traced each letter and wrote a few J’s on his own.
After he had his letters written, I got out a few items to make our J’s with. The first were some sparkly pom-poms. He used a pair of tongs to transfer the pom-poms to the paper. (Working on some life skills and fine motor development all while learning about the letter J!)
He also used some beads to create his letter. Oh, and yes, Cheetoes. (I told you he helped come up with some of the activities, and the boy was hungry for Cheetoes!)
Our next activity was a math game.
Making the game is really easy. I used a long piece of packing paper to create a couple runways for our jets to land on. I marked the finish line at top and added orange dashes as “lights” to help guide our jets to the finish line.
We took turns rolling the game die and moving our jets up the correct number of dashes, putting the jet’s nose on the correct dash until the winner crossed the finish line.
Then it was time for the activity the preschooler was begging for.
He LOVED following the letter F to put out the fire when we did F Is for Firetruck. He was itching to do that activity again, this time using the letter “J,” of course.
I used both capital and lower case letter “J” to make our path, throwing in some other letters to create wrong paths to make it more of a challenge. He then followed the path from his room, down the hall, and through the house to land at the airport.
(I really tried to get a picture of our path, but with the letters being spaced out a couple feet, it just didn’t work for a good picture!)
He asked to do the activity over and over again. (4 times!) I’d say this was the biggest hit of the day.
By that time it was time to get a little something to eat. And, of course, he wanted a jet….
Want to make your own jet snack?
I started with half a banana. I spread a bit of peanut butter on graham cracker halves, topping them with another graham cracker to make wings, and then formed a piece into the tail as well. Raisins, with a bit of peanut butter to make them stick became windows, and because he wanted it to be an Air Force jet, carrot sticks became the guns on the wings. (The smashed raspberry in the background was his idea for a cloud.)
Now, I need a little help… We are doing “K” is for kayak next. Any ideas of what we can do with that one?