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.        

 

IMG 9176 500x333 Feed the Alphabet Monster     IMG 9178 300x450 Feed the Alphabet Monster  These 1″ labels are perfect for the tops of bottle caps!  Just peel and stick!    
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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X-Ray Playdough

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We are having a blast learning about the human body!  As we have been learning about the various systems, the boys were especially intrigued with the skeletal system.  We came up with this fun and interactive way to learn about the body system responsible for supporting our bodies, giving us our shape, and protecting our major organs!

 

We can feel our bones, but we can’t see them unless we are looking at a special picture called an X-Ray.  In this activity, the Q-Tips act as bones to create our own X-Ray pictures!  This would also be a great activity when learning about the letter X.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  black play dough (you can make your own with black food coloring), Q-Tips, Skulls (laminated), and outlet covers.  

 

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1.  Gather your black playdough or make your own.

 

 

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2.  Print off the skulls and laminate them.  Use a hot glue gun to attach them to the outlet covers.  (Note:  If you think the skull might scare your child, feel free to use a cotton ball or even a picture of his/her face).  

 

 

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3.  Cut your Q-Tips into various lengths.

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4.  Let your child get started playing!  Show him/her some photographs of the skeletal system and try to reproduce the major bones using the Q-Tips and play dough!

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This was Little Brother’s skeleton!

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Big Brother and I created this skeleton together!

 

 

 

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Books about the Human Body

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We are diving headfirst into learning about the human body this summer (just for fun)!  After our blood demonstration, the boys are especially intrigued!  Here are some of our favorite books about the human body as well as some that were new to us!

 

The Amazing Human Machine Books about the Human Body

The Amazing Human Machine by Lori C. Froeb

We recently purchased this book at our library’s book fair and it has quickly become a new favorite in our house…partly because of the incredible content and partly because it comes with transparent interactive body system cards.  The cards can be manipulated and placed on top of each other to see all of the systems together or they can be looked at one at a time to focus on each individual system.  The information in the book is great for children in early elementary school and isn’t as overwhelming as some of the other books we reviewed.

 

 

 

My First Human Body Book Books about the Human Body

My First Human Body Book by Donald M. Silver & Patricia J. Wynn

Despite its colorful cover, this is actually a coloring book on the inside.  It is filled with illustrations, diagrams, and interesting facts.  This is a great option for children who enjoy coloring while wanting to learn about their bodies.

 

 

 

Toes Ears and Nose Books about the Human Body

Toes, Ears, & Nose! by Marion Dane Bauer

This book is the perfect way to introduce body parts to babies and toddlers.  In fact, this might be my favorite board book of all time!  I can recite it in my sleep…and all the flaps have been taped (and some re-taped)!   It is playful and fun…introducing each body part under a piece of clothing.  “Inside my mittens, I’ve got fingers.  Inside my boots, I’ve got toes.  Under my hat are two ears.  And beneath my scarf is a nose…”

 

 

First Human Body Encyclopedia Books about the Human Body

First Human Body Encyclopedia by DK

This reference book is filled with colorful pictures and facts about the human body.  Every major body system is included (except the reproduction system…which I am totally fine with at this point) as well as some lesser-known facts.  Our boys were especially intrigued with the part on allergies since Little Brother was recently diagnosed with some major allergies.

Magic Schoo Bus Inside the Human Body Books about the Human Body

The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole

I remember reading and rereading this book when I was in elementary school…and then watching the video!  This Magic School Bus book is a classic and one that every kid will enjoy!   Miss Frizzle shrinks the bus and takes her class on yet another wild and wacky field trip.  Arnold, one of the children in the class, swallows the school bus and the rest of the class takes a trip through Arnold’s body.  They start in his stomach and go through his small and large intestines and even get a look at his heart.  They miss a few body systems along the way, but traveling through the body in a school bus certainly makes for a fun ride.  :)

 

 

 

The Human Body Books about the Human Body

The Human Body by Stacy Savran

This book is appropriate to be read aloud to children in late preschool or early elementary ages.  Although the book itself is pretty short, it contains quite a bit of information.  You might not be able to read in one sitting (depending on the attention span of your child).  It includes real photos as well as sketched diagrams.

Me and My Amazing Body Books about the Human Body

Me and My Amazing Body by Joan Sweeney

This book is written by the same author (and in the same style) as Me on the Mapwhich is an excellent introduction to geography for young children.  The same little girl is back and narrates the tour of her body (inside and out) and the illustrations are child-like drawings of the body parts and the body’s inner workings.  This book is written to appeal to preschool and young school-aged children.  The pages are short and concise and keep the attention of the reader while also including lots of fun facts.  This is the perfect “body” book for preschoolers!

Whats inside my body Books about the Human Body

What’s Inside My Body? by Angela Royston

This book is 17 pages long and is perfect for explaining how the body works in simple, easy-to-understand language.  In my opinion, it is ideal for preschoolers who want to know more about their bodies.  Each page talks about a different part of the body (head, eyes, ears, chest, stomach, legs & arms, and hands.  The book includes pictures of real children with additional graphics to represent the body parts on each page.

From Head to toe Books about the Human Body

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

I debated whether to include this book because it is not really about the human body specifically.  Rather, the book identifies movements and noises from animals and shows how humans can do them too.  The animal identifies itself and then states what it can do, then asking the child if he/she can do it (e.g. “I am a gorilla and I thump my chest.  Can you do it?  I can do it”).   This book is a favorite at our house because the kids get to act it out while reading!

Why Do I have bones Books about the Human Body

Why Do I Have Bones? by Jo Cleland

This simple little book is perfect for toddlers and young preschoolers.  Each page only contains 1 sentence (e.g. “I have bones in my hands”) and would be great for children just beginning to show an interest in their bodies (specifically their bones).  It is a bit more difficult to find, but your local library might carry a copy.

I Wonder Why I Blink Books about the Human Body

I Wonder Why I Blink by Brigid Avison

This book is written in a question-and-answer format with lots of different questions about our bodies:  What makes me feel things?  What is my skin for?  What are goose bumps?  How do I move?  Why do I get hiccups?  What is blood for?  The answers are concise but thorough enough for young children.  It is written in simple language that even preschoolers can understand.  Overall, this is a great book for children who love to ask, “WHY?”  :)

All About People Books about the Human Body

All About People by Scholastic

This book starts off by identifying people as mammals, discovering how we are each different, and then talks about each stage of our lives:  Babies/Toddlers, Young Children, School Children, Preteens, Teens, Young Adults, Mature Adults, and Older Adults.  Each life stage is described within these pages.  Throughout the book, however, it discusses the various systems of our bodies and pertinent information.  This book definitely couldn’t be read in one sitting (it is 87 pages long), but it would be great as a reference book for younger school-aged children.

Body Books about the Human Body

Body:  An Amazing Tour of Human Anatomy by Richard Walker

This book has amazing illustrations and incredible detail!  It would be an excellent reference book for school-aged children wishing to learn more about the human body.  The pages are filled with diagrams and computer-created illustrations of all systems of the body.  The copy from our library came with a CD as well.  This book would probably be overwhelming to preschoolers or young school-aged children, however, because there is so much detail included.

Outside In Books about the Human Body

Outside-In:  A Lift-the-Flaps Body Book

This book is a reprint of an older version and is perfect for preschoolers!

Have you read any of these books?  Which one is your favorite?  

Alphabet Craft: B is for Body

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A few weeks ago, I asked each of the boys to tell me three things that they want to learn more about this summer.  The first thing on Big Brother’s list was to learn about the human body.  We decided to start off with this unique alphabet craft:  B is for body!

 

Little did I know what a HUGE hit this activity would be for two goofy boys!  I love it when something so simple turns out to be so much fun (while they’re learning).  :)  

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  pictures, cardstock, scissors, and a glue stick.  

 

 

 

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IMG 7956 300x450 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body “I just cut my eye!  Ahhhhhhhh!”    

 

 

 

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IMG 7950 500x333 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body  3.  Cut out a large “B” from cardstock or construction paper.    

 

 

 

IMG 7963 300x450 Alphabet Craft:  B is for Body 4.  Have your child glue their body parts onto the letter B.  Then make labels to glue on as well.    

 

 

 

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Beginning Sound Letter Hunt

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Little Brother and I are working on learning (and reinforcing) letter sounds.  I am also in the throes of learning how to juggle 3 kids…while nursing a newborn about 7-8 times each day.  Needless to say, activities these days must be SIMPLE and QUICK.  This beginning sound letter hunt met all the above criteria and Little Brother just happened to love it because it felt like a game!  :)  In addition to learning letter sounds, this is a great phonemic awareness activities for dissecting the sounds heard in words and identifying the onset (initial sound heard in a spoken word).

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Letter Stick-Ons (for posters).  Don’t have those?  Write some letters on a post-it note and call it good.  :)

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 *You can find these letter pads near the poster board at most stores.

 

 

 

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Give your child a sticky letter.  Identify the name of the letter and then help him/her make the letter sound.  Have him/her take the letter and stick it to something in the room that starts with that sound.  Little Brother started off by sticking the “N” to himself.   :)

 

 

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 “B” for Books!

 

 

 

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 “L” for lamp!

 

 

 

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 “B” for Balloon

 

 

 

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“P” for Piano!

 

It doesn’t get much quicker or easier to help your child learn letter sounds!

 

What is your favorite “on the fly” learning activity???