In honor of Vanlentine's day I decided to make this Vv week!
We started off the week by having Dude trace the letter V with his finger on a portion of our floor mat. We also tried out the salt box but he didn't have any interest in drawing a V there, so we just made silly faces instead.
He did however want to do this tracing worksheet that I downloaded from 1+1+1=1. He actually did it for a LOOOONG time. He'd draw maybe a centimeter then erase it because it wasn't straight enough, then try again, then erase again, and again, and again, etc.
Next we tried a cutting worksheet from COAH. Dude is smiling in the picture, but he really struggled with this and eventually abandoned it. I think the angles were just too much for him right now so next time we'll try a simpler sheet or maybe try to work cutting into a craft somehow.
to help work on proper grip.
Getting a little more into the Valentine's spirit, he practiced counting to 5 with conversation hearts on a worksheet from COAH.
He did a V letter hunt.
He burned off some energy playing this little game inspired by Making Learning Fun. We changed things up a bit and I cut hearts out of craft foam, spread them around the room, and gave him a plastic basket. I would then say something like "A tisket, a tasket, can you put 1 (or 2) blue hearts in your basket?" He then ran to do this as fast as he could. We played this several times and on another day I added numbers to the hearts and called those out instead of the colors. He had a lot of fun with this! You could also hide the hearts for an extra challenge.
We played a game of Hi Ho Cherry-O that I thought would never end ;) Dude does love it though and I like the counting practice, so we play often.
He did a V is for Vegetables magnet page.
I made him this tanagram-type puzzle using a template from Making Learning Fun. Once again I changed things up a bit. I only cut out the actual heart shape parts (not the background pieces) I also made mine out of craft foam for durability. And instead of printing out the full size pattern card for him to match the pieces to, I free-handed a smaller control card as a reference for him. He was initially a bit confused by the pieces being so much larger than the pattern, but with a little help he completed it.
He did his letter V letter builders.
He did some conversation heart color sorting using a mat from Lawteedah's valentine tot pack.
He did some heart quilt matching from COAH.
We played this simple roll, count, and cover game I got from 2 Teaching Mommies. I printed out 2 copies so we could take turns and play it as an actual game. We both won, of course ;) .
Later in the week our coloring page turned into a collage of words that begin with V. I got the pictures from the same site as the coloring page and used booklet printing to print them at 50% of regular size. I also drew a valentine & volcano pictures for him to glue on as well.
We did some patterning with valentine candies.
And some counting with the same foam hearts we used for our A tisket, A tasket game.
We ended our V week with a bunch of balloon Volleyball!
You can also see more activities we did this week on my What's On The Trays #1 post.
And don't forget to check out what others are doing in their versions of Tot School at 1+1+1=1.