Personalized Character Alphabet Book

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Little Brother is slightly character-obsessed.  He loves characters from various cartoons/movies, so I wanted to put that “passion” to good use by helping to reinforce letter names and sounds by creating a character alphabet book for him.  We don’t watch a ton of TV in our house (typically less than an hour a day, although it has been more in more trying seasons of our lives), but these characters are easily impressionable on Little Brother especially.  :)  I have been notoriously against “character” books in the past, but have found that it is beneficial to use the current interests of a child to guide his/her learning (which is why thematic units are great for young children)!

Alphabet Books have long been considered a valuable tool by educators and parents alike to expose young children to letters of the alphabet in a fun and engaging way.  Call me nit picky, but I have found that not all alphabet books are created equal.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when authors of alphabet books don’t use things that actually start with the letter sound that you are trying to teach your child (for example, using the word “chair” for the letter “c”…it starts with the digraph /ch/ and not the /k/ sound).  I prefer for the short vowel sounds to be used for vowels, but that isn’t always possible.  :)

 

Here are the characters included in our alphabet book:

A-  Angry Bird
B-  Batman
C-  Captain America
D- Donkey Kong
E-  Emmet (from The LEGO Movie)
F-  Flounder (from The Little Mermaid)
G-  Goofy
H-  Hulk
I-  Iron Man
J-  Junior Asparagus (from Veggie Tales)
K-  Kristoff (from Frozen)
L-  Lightning McQueen
M-  Mario
N-  Ninja Turtles
O-  Olaf  (from Frozen)
P-  Peter Pan
Q-  Queen Esther  (from Veggie Tales)
R-  Rafiki  (from The Lion King)
S-  Spiderman
T-  Toothless (from How to Train Your Dragon)
U-  Ursula (from The Little Mermaid)
V-  Vader (as in Darth Vader from Star Wars)
W-  Woody (from Toy Story)
X-  X-men
Y-  Yoda (from Star Wars)
Z-  Zazu (from The Lion King)

 

To make our alphabet book, I searched for images for each of the above characters and made them into a book using Shutterfly.  I do not have images or a template to share because that would be a violation of 26 different copyrights…but if you know what you are looking for, it won’t take long to find all of these photos.  :)

 

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Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce

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This is a super-simple activity that Little Brother loved!  I used leftover ping pong balls from our hands-on blood demonstration and the plastic inserts that hold frozen quiche bites from a baby shower I helped with several months ago.  To keep from ping pong balls flying everywhere, I also used a shallow plastic tub to tame the bouncing.    

 

  IMG 0813 300x449 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 1.  I used 1″ circle labels to write the letters in each of the quiche trays.  There were a few extra spots, so I drew some shapes as a review.  :)   IMG 0816 300x449 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 2.  Let your little one bounce the ping pong ball into the plastic tub.   IMG 08271 500x333 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce 3.  Have him/her identify the letter that it lands on.   IMG 0839 500x333 Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce    

Doesn’t get much easier than that!  Check out our other alphabet activities!

 

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Edible Peanut Butter Playdough

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This fun peanut butter playdough recipe can double as a snack or dessert.  Not only is it super fun to play with, it really is delicious (believe me, I should know…I ate about half of it)!   I shared this edible playdough recipe a couple years ago when we were learning about butterflies (and used it to demonstrate the phases of a butterfly’s life), but I thought it was worthy of sharing again as we recently made some more to play with.

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Nonfat dry milk, peanut butter, and honey!  

 

 

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 1.  Mix 1 cup of peanut butter, 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk, and 3 tablespoons of honey.

 

 

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2.  Mix until mostly smooth and no longer sticky to touch.  Add more dry milk if it continues to stick to your hands.

 

 

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 3.  Have your kiddos wash their hands and then let them have fun molding the playdough on a clean surface…we broke out our alphabet cookie cutters to make letters as well.

 

 

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Check out more fun snack ideas here.  

 

 

Feed the Alphabet Monster

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I love being able to repurpose things that would otherwise end up in the trash.  And if you have children in your house, chances are the two items needed for this activity are plentiful:  bottle caps (from milk and other drinks) and a baby wipes container!   I shared this bottle cap sorting activity a few years ago and recently found a stash of bottle caps leftover as I was cleaning out a closet.  I decided to make this Feed the Alphabet Monster activity to help Little Brother practice identifying lowercase letters.        

The title of the post was inspired by Toddler Approved’s Feed the LEGO Monsters post.  :)

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  a plastic baby wipes container, bottle caps, and 1″ stickers.        

 

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IMG 9180 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster  1.  Write letters (either capital or lowercase) on the stickers.      
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    IMG 9462 300x456 Feed the Alphabet Monster 2.  Have your child place “feed” the caps to the monster one at a time while saying each letter.  
  IMG 9471 300x450 Feed the Alphabet Monster       IMG 9468 300x445 Feed the Alphabet Monster         IMG 9478 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster I love that this activity can be easily packaged and stored in the wipes container!     
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Human Body Activities for Kids

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The human body is marvelous, isn’t it?  I am constantly in awe of the amazing creation that encompasses our bodies.  Big Brother asked specifically to learn about the human body this summer and we have been having a blast.  We have already shared a couple fun posts about the human body, but I thought it would be helpful to feature other human body activities for kids from around the web.

 

Activities and Models

 

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Try out this hands-on demonstration to illustrate what blood is made of.

 

 

 

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Life Size Body Map Art Project  ::  Pink and Green Mama

 

 

 

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Demonstrate the Human Heart with a Tennis Ball  ::  Kids Activities Blog

 

 

 

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Make a model of your skeleton with this X-Ray Playdough.

 

 

 

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Make a model of the human lung  ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

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Create a model of the brain with playdough ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

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Make your own stethoscope  ::  Science Sparks

 

 

 

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Felt Human Anatomy Model  ::  Fun at Home with Kids (via Teach Preschool)

 

 

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Create a model of the circulatory system  ::  Highhill Education

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Make a model of an eye ::  Homeschool-Activities

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Demonstrate why we need both muscles and bones

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Use pool noodles to make a model of the backbone ::  Spell Out Loud

Resources

 

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Hape Your Body Puzzles:  Perfect for preschoolers wanting to learn about their body systems!

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Squishy Human Body Model 

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Our boys are obsessed with this life-like human model.  They love to take the body apart and feel all of the various organs.  My only complaint is that it is too hard for a 6-year old to put back together himself (which is probably why it is recommended for 8+), so I end up doing it.

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Magic School Bus Human Body DVD

We have checked this DVD out from our library a couple different times and our boys LOVE it.  And I love that they are learning about their bodies!

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The Human Body App ($2.99) on the iPhone or iPad

This app is incredible.  It shows each of the body’s systems separately and how they work.  In the digestive system, you can feed the body and watch how the food is digested.  In the nervous system, you can touch parts of your body and watch the touch travel to your brain.

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What activities or resources do you have to learn about the human body?  Leave a link or comment below!