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"F " ACTIVITIES
 

ART

FLOWER FRAMES
Give your children small cardboard frames to decorate.
Set out small felt flower cutouts and some glue.
Have your children glue the flower shapes around the border of their frames.
Tape a picture of the child behind the frame.
Have child give their frame to a parent, or friend.
 
Variation: Use sticker of flowers to decorate the frames.
Variation: Make frames out of cardboard flower shapes. Cut a picture square or circle in the middle. Decorate with glue and glitter.
 
FABULOUS FISH
Give your children medium sized fish shapes (approx. 8").
Let them cover their fish with water using a paint brush.
Then, have them paint the fish using water colors.
 
Variation: Make FAT FISH by stuffing and stapling two large fish shapes
Variation: Make FUNNY FISH by adding funny features to fish shapes.
 
FINGER PRINT F's
Print out large F shapes and give a printed sheet to each of your children.
Then, give them washable ink pads and have them make finger prints all over their F shapes.
 
FINGER PAINTING F"s
While your children are finger painting, encourage them to make upper and lower case F's.
Let them choose their "favorite" color.
 
FROGS ON A FENCE
Buy a tablet of small green frog shapes.
Tear off 2-3 frogs for each child.
Give your children 8 ½" x 11" sheets of light blue construction paper.
Next, give them rectangular strips cut from brown paper to make a fence.
Have your children glue the fence on the bottom of their papers and then glue the frogs on top of the fence.
   
FANTASTIC FANS
Cut white paper plates in half.
Let your children decorate them with marking pens.
Attach a large craft stick to each fan with tape.
 
GAMES
 
FEELING GAME
Have your children close their eyes one at a time and give them an object to feel.
See if they can identify the object by only feeling it.
Object suggestions: Small rubber ball, a large crayon, an apple or orange, a rock or small piece of wood.
 
COUNTING FIVE FINGERS
Have your children take turns holding up their hands and count their fingers.
How many do they have on each hand. Five!
 
INDIVIDUAL FOOT PRINT PUZZLES
Have your children take off one shoe.
Then have them stand on a piece of light weight cardboard.
Draw around their foot with a pencil.
Cut out the foot shapes and write the child's name on the back of the shape, at the top and at the bottom.
On the toe part of the foot, print an upper case F, on the heel part, print a lower case f.
Then cut each foot print in-half with a different puzzle cut across the middle of the foot.
Let your children practice putting their foot shape back together, then let them take them home.
 
Extension: You could take all the feet puzzles and mix them up, have children try to make name matches by looking at the backs of the feet puzzles.
 
MOVEMENT
 
MOVEMENT TIME
Have your children pretend to:
Fly like fairies
Be fishing
Fight fires
Float like a feather
Throw a football
Fall like a falling leaf
Hop like a frog
 
HOUSEKEEPING
 
DRESS-UP AREA
Stock your dress-up area with props so that your children can dress up like:
Fire Fighters
Fishermen
Fairies
Farmers
 
LANGUAGE
 
F BOOKS
Make 6 page blank books for your children.
Take 3 pieces of white copy paper and fold them in-half.
Staple the folded edge on each booklet.
Write "My F Book" on each cover.
Have your children look through magazines for pictures of F words to glue in their books.
 
Extension: After the pages have dried, you could go in and write the name of each F object for your children to "read" to others.
 
FINGER PUPPETS
Draw faces on small strips of paper.
Wrap strips around your children’s fingers and tape ends together.
FOLK TALES
When studying the letter F, it is a great time to read and discuss folk tales.
 
BOOKS ABOUT FAIRIES
Preschoolers seem to love stories about fairies. After ready a story about fairs, let your children create a fairy land on a table.
Set out an assortment of cardboard pieces, stones, sticks, leaves, moss, etc.
Encourage your children to make a special place for fairies to live.
 
WRITING
 
FOG WRITING
Make gray finger paint.
Give each of your children gray paint and a large piece of finger painting paper.
Have your children make upper and lower case F’s in the fog on their papers.
  
FAIRY DUST F’s
Sprinkle some baby powder (fairy dust) on a table.
Let your children make upper or lower case f’s in the dust.
Clean up with a damp sponge.
SCIENCE
SCIENCE TIME IDEAS
Here are some ideas for science units while studying the letter F.
Do some floating experiments.
Make paper airplanes and see how they fly.
Study fish, where they live, what they eat, how they reproduce, etc.
Discuss ways to stop forest fires.
Study the life chain in a forest.
Learn about frogs.
Examine flutes. How they work, how they are played.

SNACKS

F SNACK IDEAS
Fruit bars
Fruit cups
Finger foods
Fruit juice
French fries
Fish sticks