When doing our rock theme we also focused on the letter R. We did lots of R crafts and games. For some reason my girls were every anti-R. Getting them to make the sound was like pulling teeth. A few times they even told me they really didn’t like R. Of course since my name starts with R I did take it a bit personally. But hopefully I won them over.
R is for Raisins
For each letter we do we try to do a tactile picture, so for R we filled in the Rr template with raisins. It doesn’t look the prettiest but the girls found it entertaining. And of course we had to eat a few too!
We also made oatmeal raisin cookies that day!
The girls love making letter books–they like making a real book and that they can read it. Ed, my awesome graphic designer, aka my husband, made the clipart for these coloring books. He designed the pictures of r words, I cut them out in smaller squares and the girls colored the pictures. Then they glued them on the cardstock pages which we bound together with ribbon.
Alright, the letter R really has nothing to do with hopscotch but for some reason this came to mind and was a lot of fun. We used the super cool hopscotch set my sister made for the girls (I have a feeling that will be appearing in a blog post soon). I printed out the r word pictures and taped them to the hopscotch board. However, you could just tape them to the ground in the shape of a hopscotch board. Each time the girls hopped on a square they would shout out the word or letter. This was great for them, because it made the letter R fun since as I mentioned, the girls were not that found of R.
Going on an R Hunt
I used the same images from the hopscotch game to create an R hunt around the house. I taped the pictures around the house and the girls then went searching for the R animals and letter r.
R is for Red
On another day we focused on the color red. I used the same template from the raisin day but this time we cut out the letters. The girls then covered them with red tissue paper squares.
Puppet and Story Cards
We also enjoyed making the puppets from Alphabet Stories: Puppets and Picture Stories That Teach Letter Recognition and Sounds by Jill M. Couldron. The book is no longer in print but here is a sample to share with you.