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THE LETTER "I" ACTIVITIES
 

"I" ART
IGLOOS
This is a great activity because it combines cutting as well as gluing skills.
Give your child some 1” strips of white paper.
Have him cut the strips into 1” squares.
Then give him a sheet of large blue paper and some glue.
Encourage him to use his white squares to build an ice house or igloo.
 
INK BLOTS
Some inks can be toxic, so just use food coloring for this activity.
Give your child a piece of paper and have him fold it in half, then lay it open.
Next, give him two or three small bottles of food coloring and have him drip one or two drops of each color on the right side of his paper.
Then, have him fold the left side of the paper back over the right side and press his hand across the top of the papers.
When he opens the paper, he will see a symmetrical color design.
 
DECORATING LARGE “I” CUTOUTS
Using the large “I” pattern, cut out a large I shape for your child, from heavy paper.
Below are some suggestions for decorating the I shape.
Draw designs on it with an ink pen.
Draw lines on it to make it look like it’s made out of ice cubes.
Place ice cream or ice skate stickers on it.
 
INSECTS & INCHWORMS
You will need some dot art paint dobbers for these activities.
Give your child a piece of white paper and one or two different colored paint dobbers.
Show him how to make colored circles on his paper.

Then using a thin lined black pen, encourage him to add eyes and legs to his insects.

Variation: If he places four to five dots in a row, he can turn his dots into an inchworm.

"I" GAMES
CATEGORY GAMES
You can play this game with any category you like. Here are a few that start with the letter “I”.
ICE CREAM FLAVORS – name as many flavors of ice cream that you and your child can think of. Keep a count of how many you name.
INFANT ITEMS – name as many items that are used for infants as you can.
INSTRUMENTS – name as many instruments as you can.
INSECTS – name as many insects as you can.
IN & OUT – name as many things that you can go in and out of.
 
INK COLOR SORT
You will need 16 index cards and food coloring for this activity.
On four index cards put a blob of yellow food coloring.
Then put red blobs on four more cards, blue on four and green on four.
When the cards are dry, mix them up and give them to your child.
Have her sort the blobs into four color piles.
"I" SCIENCE
INVENTIONS
Set out some small boxes, paper plates, toothpicks, stickers and tape.
Encourage your child to make his own inventions.
Have them tell you about their inventions when they are done.
 
ICE EXPERIMENTS
Set out some ice in a pan and let your children do some simple experiments.
Which will melt faster, ice on the table or ice wrapped in cotton?
How can I get two pieces of ice to stick together?
How long does it take an ice cube to melt.
  
ICKY TASTES
Set out some common condiments and spices.
Let your child mix a few of them together.
Have her taste her creations and determine which she likes and which taste icky.
  “I” SNACKS
MAKING ICE CREAM
Borrow an ice cream maker and show your children how to make their own ice cream.
Experiment with flavors.
   
ICE CREAM SUNDAES
Set out a bowl of vanilla ice cream and an assortment of toppings, such as; nuts, syrups and bananas.
Let your child make his own personalized sundae.
 
INSECTS
These are fun for kids to make.
Set out some large prunes and some small pretzel sticks.
Show your child how to poke pretzels into a prune to make it resemble an insect.
  
ICE POPSICLES
Let your children invent their own popsicles using fruit juices.
Pour juice into small paper cups.
Add sticks when juice is almost frozen.
Remove the paper cup when they are totally frozen.
LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES
MAKE AN “I” BOOK
Give your child a blank book, by folding 3-4 pieces of typing paper in-half and stapling the folded edge.
Go through magazines and junk mail for pictures of words that start with “I”.
Cut out the pictures and have your child glue the pictures into his “I”book.
Encourage your child to read his book to others.
 
INSPECTOR BEAR – AN “I” STORY
Who stole the ice cubes
From the Winter Fair?
We can’t find them
Anywhere.

Let’s call Inspector
Inspector Bear.
He can investigate
Clues at the fair.

Inspector Bear
Rushed to the fair
And started searching
For clues everywhere.

He looked for clues
Out in the snow.
He checked all igloos
And Eskimos.

He tasted ice cream
And icicle pies.
He checked every ice skate
For possible ties.

He went to the park
And was very surprised.
To see children skating
On small cubes of ice.

Here were the ice cubes
He’d found them at last.
Children were skating on
Ice cubes like glass.

The children replaced
All the ice for the fair
And everyone cheered
For Inspector Bear.
Jean Warren
 
WINTER’S COMING – A POEM

Icicles hanging by the back door.
Ice skates lying on the floor.
Ice boxes filled with ice cream treats.
Ice cubes ready for icy treats.
Winter’s coming, yes I know
Filled with ice and lots of snow.
Jean Warren
MOVEMENT
ISLAND HOPPING
Cut four pieces of green paper into island shapes.
Tape the islands on the floor approximately 12” apart.
Have your children see if they can hop from one island to another.

WRITING
INK MESSAGES
Have your children write on index cards with an ink pen.