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"J' ACTIVITIES
 

ART
JAZZY JACKETS
Cut copy paper into large jacket shapes.
Set out the jacket shapes and some marking pens.
Encourage your children to make "jazzy" designs on their paper jackets.
 
JETS
Give your children some large and small craft sticks and some glue.
Show them how to make simple airplanes from the craft sticks.
When their jets are dry, they can be decorated with marking pens.
 
JACK-IN-THE-BOX PUPPETS
You can help your children make simple pop-up puppets, using straws, small styrofoam balls, small material squares, and some paper or styrofoam cups.
Have your children take a paper cup and turn it up-side-down.
Then, using a sharp pencil, poke a hole in the middle of the bottom of the cup.
Have them turn the cup up right and stick a straw up through the bottom of the cup.
Next, have them lay a small material square (3" x 3") across the top of their straw.
Finally, have them place their styrofoam ball on top of the material and over the end of the straw.
Now, have them push the straw and the material into the ball.
Using a black felt pen, help your children make two eyes on their puppets head.
Show your children how to manipulate their jack-in-the-box up and down.
Have your children use their puppet while they sing the Jack-In-the Box song (at the Music Station).
"J" GAMES
JAR TWIST
Set out some jars with different sized lids.
Mix up the lids.
Let your children take turns finding and screwing on each jars lid.
 
JUMPING ON "J's"

Print out copies of the large letter J pattern.
Have your children color the letters if you want.
Don't cut them out.
Cover the print out with contac paper, if you want to be able to reuse them.
Lay the paper J's across your floor (1-2 feet apart) and tape them in place.
Play a jumping game with your children.
Have them take turns jumping from one J to the other all the way across your room.
  HOUSEKEEPING AREA
DRESS-UP
Fill your dress up area with lots of items like:
Jackets
Jeans
Jerseys
Jumpers
  "J" SCIENCE
JELLY FISH
Bring in some books and pictures of jelly fish for your children to explore.
 
JET CONTESTS
Give your children 2-3 paper airplanes of different designs.
Let them experiment, throwing them.
Which design seems to fly best?
Which one goes the furthest?
Provide paper, if your children want to attempt to make their own jets to experiment with.
 
JAR SOUNDS
Set out some identical glass jars or glasses.
Set them in a water table or plastic dishpans.
Have your children experiment by pouring different amounts of water into each jar.
Then, have them lightly tap each jar with a spoon.
Do they notice anything different about the sounds the jars make?
Why do they sound different?
How can they make them sound the same?
  SNACKS
"J" SNACKS
Here are some "J" food suggestions:
Jello
J shaped cookies (look for alphabet cookie cutters)
Jams and jellies
Jellybeans
Juice

LANGUAGE
JACK AND JILL
Don't forget to read and act out the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill Went Up The Hill"
 
JOKES
Tell your children some simple jokes that they will understand.
I would refrain form asking them to tell you jokes at this age, because they will probably only remember inappropriate, or not so funny ones.
 
J WORDS

You may want to do a picture/word wall or letter book for the letter J.
Do a grouping of nouns that start with J, such as; jeep, jet, jar, jump rope, jelly, juice, jester, etc..
Then, do a grouping of descriptive "J" words (adverbs and adjectives), such as; joyful, jealous, jolly, jittery, jumpy, etc.
 
"J" WORD RHYME
How many "J" words can your children find in the following rhyme?
 
J WORD RHYMES
How many “J” words can your children find in the following rhymes.
 

JACK-IN-THE-BOX
Jack-in-the-box, jumped out of his box,
To see what he could see.
He saw some juicy jelly beans
And jam for biscuits and tea.

He saw some super sonic jets.
He saw some jazzy jeeps.
He saw a jolly jester
With jingles on his feet.

He saw a jet black jaguar
At the Jackson Zoo.
He saw jellyfish
And jumping kangaroos.
                        Jean Warren

 
JELLY BEAN CHANT
Jelly beans, jelly beans, jumping all around.
Pretty jelly beans, that I found.

The red jelly beans, jumped so high,
I had to catch them in the sky.

The green jelly beans jumped so slow,
I had to catch the, way down low.

The orange jelly beans jumped from side-to-side,
I had to catch them as they jumped by.

The black jelly beans jumped so fast,
I had to wait and eat them last!
                        Jean Warren
 

JOGGER BEAR

Jogger, Jogger, Jogger Bear
Entered a race at the fair.
He jogged past Jack.
He jogged past Jill.
He jogged past Jane,
And is jogging still.

He jogged past Jeff.
He jogged past Jan.
He jogged past Jim,
He just ran and ran.

He jogged past John.
He jogged past Joe.
He jogged past Jerry,
He really could go.

He won the race.
He was judged the best.
He won a jeep.
Then he drove home to rest!
                        Jean Warren