Families - 

Our doors may be closed but we're still very much committed to bringing literacy and learning alive for you and your little ones! We've compiled a list of activities for you and your little ones with a connection to literacy. Our goal is to make these activities accessible for all using materials you likely already have in your home. We will share 5 activities per week. These ideas are contributed by Early Childhood Educators in the area.

 

Feel free to use them as you see fit! If you'd like them sent directly to your inbox, email us here.

​Materials:

Markers (or other writing utensils!), paper (scrap paper, newspaper... anything is fine!)

Instructions:

  • Draw a line on a piece of paper. 

  • Encourage your child to imagine what they could add to the line to make it into something! 

  • Talk about what kinds of lines they might add. Use words like squiggly, zigzag, straight, wavy or curved to describe the lines.

  • When your child has transformed your drawing, have them make a line for you as well! Complete the challenge. Modelling is an awesome way to get your child to engage in learning! I suggest "accidentally" making a mistake... show your child it's okay to make mistakes by saying "Oops! Oh well, it looks like a dog...-ish!" You'll effectively reinforce the story.  

So what are they learning?

  • Problem-solving skills: They're learning to think 'outside the box' by transforming a simple line into anything they imagine! This adaptability will serve them well in life!

  • Communication skills: As they talk through the process with you, they're building their oral language skills. You're also helping them develop their vocabulary by using the descriptive words above (squiggly, zigzag, etc.)

  • Fine motor skills: Model proper pencil grip. Time spent drawing helps your child strengthen the tiny muscles in their hands!

  • Self-regulation: Remember how you "accidentally" made a mistake? And how you didn't stress about it and embraced it instead? Showing your child that you can 'laugh it off' will encourage them to do the same when they face stressful situations!

Please email us a photo of your drawing! We'll feature it on your social media and here on our website!

​Materials:

Food colouring, ​medicine dropper (optional), ice cube tray, q-tips, paper (any kind but thick cardstock-like paper works best)

Instructions:

  • Place drops of food colouring in the ice cube tray 

  • Allow your child to use the medicine dropper to mix them together in empty parts of the tray

  • Your child can drip the q-tip into the colour and use it like a paintbrush to draw on the paper 

So what are they learning?

  • Colour-mixing! Maybe you'll just provide your child with the 3 primary colours and demonstrate how they can create other colours based on mixing these

  • Self-regulation: "Did Pete cry? Goodness, no!" Pete the Cat is one resilient little feline! He provide a great example of not stressing about the small stuff!

  • Fine-motor skills: Using a q-tip is intentional - the small grip area promotes a proper pencil grasp

Please email us a photo of your drawing! We'll feature it on your social media and here on our website!

 Warning: This song will get stuck in your head!​
Materials:

Cookie sheet, magnetic letters or shaving cream

Instructions:

  • After watching the video, encourage your child to draw a tree and stick it to the baking sheet

  • Sing the song together while finding the corresponding magnetic letters and sticking them to the tree

  • Can your child spell their name with the letters? Other family members' names? Sight words?

  • Don't have magnetic letters on hand? No problem... Instead of drawing a tree, put some shaving cream on a cookie sheet (obviously, close supervision required so nothing gets ingested.) Write the letters in the shaving cream with your finger. So much fun!

  • If your child is familiar with letter sounds, challenge them! "Can you find the letter that makes the mmm sound?"
     

So what are they learning?

  • So many language skills! Identifying letters, letter formation, letter sounds!
     

Please email us a photo of your drawing! We'll feature it on your social media and here on our website! 

Materials:

You might have​ to improvise the materials if you don't have these on hand...

Straw (or literal drinking straws), sticks (or popsicle sticks), building blocks (Lego?)

4 pigs (or other animals), a wolf (or another animal)

Instructions:

  • After watching the story, let your child retell the story orally... encourage them to use words like first, then, next, finally. If your child needs prompting, ask "What happened in the beginning? The middle? How did the story end?"

  • Provide them with the materials to support their story telling - use them like props!

  • Have another family member who missed the rehearsal? Your child can put on a performance for them telling their own version of The Three Little Pigs!
     

So what are they learning?

  • By organizing and re-telling a story, your child is improving their reading comprehension skills! This will serve them as they develop as a reader and writer, too. 

  • All that building? Your child is developing an understanding of how some materials are better-suited for different purposes... with trial and error, they're becoming little scientist!

  • If they have the opportunity to share with a family member, they'll be improving their oral communication skills

As an extension... Super Why is one of our favourite TV shows. Here's the episode featuring The Three Little Pigs.

 

Please email us a photo of your creation! We'll feature it on your social media and here on our website!

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