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Alphabet Rocks!

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The best thing about this simple preschool project is collecting the rocks! The second best thing is getting to paint them.  Kids don’t even realize that they are learning that there are 26 letters in the alphabet as it just kind of happens when you are outside on a beautiful day, toting around a little basket to collect rocks to paint.  Captain collected, counted and sorted rocks outdoors at a picnic table.  (It is helpful to look for smoother, flatter rocks.)  As she spread out the rocks and picked her favorites, I gathered the materials.

Method

Lay out newspaper.  Make a palette of colors on a white plate, using acrylic paints that include black for the letters themselves.  I have small 2 oz bottles of acrylic paints that I purchased from Michael’s Crafts for about 99 cents.  Have an assortment of brushes available and a small glass of warm water and a rag for rinsing the brushes in between colors.  We found that painting all of the rocks with fun colors first, letting them dry, and then painting on the letters works best.  You will want the kids to wear a paint smock or an old, stained tee shirt as the acrylics don’t wash out. Kids should be old enough not to put the brushes or paint into their mouths.  If they are still learning the alphabet and need some help, you can write the letters on the rocks with a pencil and let them paint over the top.

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We did this project on a sunny day and they dried quickly and turned out really cute!  If you would like to share photos of your own Alphabet Rocks! project with us, we would love to see it!

I remembered doing this project when I was a kid when I saw it listed on education.com.  Thanks for the memories!

Good Thoughts, Karen

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Simple Kids Projects: The Chocolate Tin Word Box

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This is the easiest idea ever and great fun for little ones as they delve into learning all of those sight words! We used a small chocolate tin with attached flip-lid and glued a piece of paper on the inside lid, claiming “Captain’s word box!”. Each time she learned a new word, she, or I, would write it on a small slip of paper and it officially went into the box (The first words to go in were “Mom” and “love”, aaaahhhh!!)

We left the word box on the counter, where we share our meals, and she would open it and proudly read the words as I was putting out the dinner. At first there were only a few words in there, but as she started learning sight-words, and other words, those would go in as well. Early on, she insisted that the word “biscuit” be in there, which cracked us all up. Her box is stuffed now and she is moving past it, but what a wonderful keepsake of this time in our lives. Kiids can also play with those little magnetic words, which will stick to the top.

I hope you try this, if you don’t already have your own version of making learning all of these new words fun. If you do, I want to hear about it!

Good Thoughts! Karen

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