How can toddler school help my child learn letters?
What a great week to learn about the letter k and the kitchen. Finally my toddler can make lunch for me. Haha! If only, right? Smiley Man did really enjoy his trays and letter work for this unit. I enjoyed all of the fine motor, letter learning, and matching skills that he practiced.
I wasn’t sure if Smiley Man would like this unit because I felt like my ideas were just normal ideas instead of great ideas. I should know by now that normal ideas are almost always great ideas. [tweet this]
Smiley Man really loved this unit. His favorite was the tray with the “soup.” He loved pretending to drink it. :)
Make the Letter
Smiley used glitter glue to cover this thin letter K. He loves glitter glue, so this was super fun for him. I was impressed by his concentration. He is getting pretty good at tracing these thin letters.
This printable has a bunch of letters and the point is to find the Ks and color them. I showed Smiley Man how to do this, but when he “colored” the letter Ks, he traced them instead. I didn’t complain since that took even more fine motor skills than usual. ;)
Toddler School K is for Kitchen Trays
Have dried beans on the tray. Transfer using fingers into a bowl for “soup.” Stir the soup with a spoon or ladle.
Cover all of the holes on the cheese grater with stickers (printable in Toddler Curriculum).
Put beads in a parmesan cheese container. Have a playdough “cake” on the tray. Pour “sprinkles” (beads) onto the “cake.”
Glue buttons on the picture of the blender to look like fruit in a “smoothie.” (printable in Toddler Curriculum)
Have smell matching busy bag on tray. Use kitchen spice to match instead of essential oils (cinnamon, cumin, Italian seasoning).
Supplies Used for Tot Trays:
We do 3 Part Cards with every toddler school unit. See how to use them here. I always laminate them because it makes them last so much longer! We often go back and review old cards and it’s nice that they’re all still in good condition.
I loved reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie with Smiley Man. It’s such a classic and went perfectly with our kitchen unit.
Letter K Craft
The craft for the letter K is to decorate sugar cookies. But, of course, this unit just happened to come up the month that our family is doing a sugar “cleanse.” By cleanse, I just mean we aren’t having any dessert this month. Mostly because my husband and I are hardcore addicted to sugar and we’re trying to overcome that. So, we didn’t decorate sugar cookies. But, we did play a ton with the playdough cake, so I guess that counts. ;)
I put dry popcorn in the sensory bin along with the letter Ks and K items. I added a ladle and ice cream scoop, too, because I thought Smiley Man would like to use them with the popcorn. I was right! He played with this sensory bin forever because of the added scoops. Learn about ABC Sensory Bins and how to use them.