Toddler School Letter E: E is for Extinct

Where can I find a toddler homeschool curriculum to teach the letter E?

This week our theme is E is for extinct. This theme gave us the chance to explore dinosaurs, fossils, and wooly mammoths. Smiley Man had an absolute blast with this theme. He loved digging for bones in our sensory dirt and he loved making “fossils” in playdough. If you have a toddler who is as curious as Smiley Man, be sure to check out my Toddler Curriculum. It’s only $14.99 and includes lesson plans that are perfect for casual learning at home, daycare lesson plans, or a complete toddler homeschool curriculum.

E is for extinct - Fun toddler curriculum has unique themes, lots of printables, and craft and book ideas - Moms Have Questions Too

(Smiley Man is almost 3, go here to read about appropriate ages for this curriculum)

Make the Letter

This week we used a sandpaper letter to learn the letter E. Smiley Man loved that the sandpaper letter felt rough. Check out my post on how to make your own DIY sandpaper letters. Also, if you are wondering how to teach your child to trace the letter correctly (so he starts and ends in the right place) check out this video about letter formation.

Use sandpaper letters to help with letter formation - Moms Have Questions Too

Learning Notebook

Smiley Man really likes coloring lately. He loved this E coloring page where he colored the uppercase Es orange and the lowercase Es blue. This printable and more are included in the Toddler Curriculum.

E is for Extinct Learning Notebook Pages - Moms Have Questions Too

Tot Trays

Letter E is for Extinct Tot Tray Ideas - Moms Have Questions Too

Theme: Dig in sensory dirt to find plastic bones. Use a paintbrush to find the bones like a paleontologist.

Sensory dirt digging activity - Moms Have Questions Too

Dig up fossils in sensory dirt - Moms Have Questions Too

Matching: Make different sizes of bones from clay or salt dough. Once dry, match to the printable (included in curriculum).

Match different sizes of bones for tot trays - Moms Have Questions Too

Size sorting and matching activity for toddler trays - Moms Have Questions Too

Cutting: Cut the horns and glue them onto the dinosaur. (printable in curriculum)

Cutting practice with the E is for Extinct Toddler Curriculum - Moms Have Questions Too

Cutting practice for toddler trays - Moms Have Questions Too

Fine Motor: Print eggs and matching dinosaurs. Tape eggs to large Velcro hair rollers. Tape dinosaurs to smaller rollers. Take dinosaurs out of matching eggs and put back again. (printable included)

Fine motor color matching eggs and dinosaurs - Moms Have Questions Too

Match dinosaurs to eggs - Moms Have Questions Too

Transferring: Make small “fossils” from clay and once dry put in a bowl. Put an egg tray on the tot tray. Put one “fossil” in each egg tray opening using tweezers.

Transferring fossils into an egg tray - Moms Have Questions Too

Transferring activities with fossils - Moms Have Questions Too

Supplies Used: plastic bones, paintbrush, air dry clay, Velcro hair rollers, egg tray, kids tweezers

Tray Printables

This stamping page was a huge hit with Smiley Man. We just got these alphabet stamps at the beginning of the year, but Smiley still gets super excited whenever he gets to use them. This printable and more are included in the Toddler Curriculum.

Toddler Tray Printables - Letter E is for Extinct - Moms Have Questions Too

Letter Activities

Smiley Man really had fun with this pattern block E page. I thought he would get sick of it before he finished the whole page, but he surprised me and finished it proudly. I did give him the exact number of each shape that he needed instead of the whole box of pattern blocks, so that might have helped. I got the pattern block page from Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Pattern block letter activity for toddler school curriculum - Moms Have Questions Too

Books

Dinosaur Roar is a big favorite in our house and it went perfectly with this week’s theme of E is for extinct. We read this and lots of other books about extinct animals this week.

Letter E Craft

The craft for the letter E was making impressions in playdough (or clay) to make “fossils.” Smiley Man was really intrigued by the cool shape his toy train made in the playdough.

Make your own fossils with play dough - Moms Have Questions Too

Make an imprint or fossil with play dough for tot school - Moms Have Questions Too

Sensory Bin

Our sensory bin base for the letter E was aquarium gravel. This is always a huge favorite for Smiley Man. He did lots of free play in his sensory bin this week. Read more about our ABC sensory bins here.

Letter E is for Extinct Sensory Bin - Moms Have Questions Too

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2 Responses to Toddler School Letter E: E is for Extinct

  1. Any suggestions on how to play/get your child interested in the alphabet sensory bins? My son loves sensory bins but is only interested in scooping the rice, cotton balls etc with his construction vehicles. He will take all the items out of the bin and has no interest in them

    • When Smiley Man does ABC sensory bins, he either plays by himself or I play with him. When he plays by himself I let him do whatever he wants. Sometimes he plays with the items and sometimes he doesn’t. If your son doesn’t, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. But, I would try to do the sensory bins with him sometimes. When I do sensory bins WITH Smiley, we pull out each of the items one at a time. If it has a letter on it, I help him trace the letter and say its name. If it’s just an object, I say the name of the object and emphasize the sound, then we talk about the sound. Even doing this for 5 minutes every day or so gets Smiley Man really interested in the letters and objects. I would try tracing the letters and saying the name of the objects with your son. If he still has no interest, just follow his lead and let him just scoop and play because that’s good for him too. :)