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THE LETTER 'L'
 

L ART
LEMONS AND LIMES
Place yellow and green paint on paper plates for your children
Cut a limes and lemons in half. Squeeze out their juice and save for aide drinks.
Give your children large pieces of white paper and the fruit halves.
Show them how to dip the lemons in yellow paint and the limes in the green paint, then make fruit prints on their papers.
 
LEAF PRINTS
Have your children collect one or two different types of leaves.
Set out some paint. Fall colors look great.
Give each child three pieces of white paper.
Show your children how to set their leaves on one piece of paper, then paint over the tops of them.
Then have them pick up the leaves carefully and place them up-side-down on another paper.
Then have them place the third paper on top of the leaves and press across the paper causing the paint on the leaves to press onto the bottom paper.
Finally, have them remove the top paper and the leaves.
They should be left with leave prints on their bottom paper.
Alternative: Children can also do leaf rubbings with leaves, crayons and paper.
 
DECORATING "L's"
Using light cardboard and the L pattern, make a large L cut out for each of your children.
Give them one of the following to decorate their L with:
Small leaves
Circle stickers to turn into lollipops by drawing on stems.
 
MAKING LANTERNS
Cutting paper lanterns has always been fun for young children.
Give each child a piece of 9” x 12” construction paper and some scissors.
 Have children fold their papers in half.
Then have them use a ruler and mark 1” marks along the fold.
Finally have them cut across the paper, from each mark to with-in 1” of the opposite edge.
When finished cutting, show your children how to open their papers and then roll the paper into a cone and securing the ends together with tape.
The lanterns should expand out from the middle to resemble old time lanterns.
  L GAMES
COUNTING LADYBUG SPOTS
Make 5 bug shapes (a large oval with a small circle shape attached for a head).
With a black marking pen, make 1-5 black dots on the back of each ladybug.
Next, make 5 leaves and write numerals on the leaves 1 thru 5.
Set out the leaves and the ladybugs.
Have your children take turns matching up the number of spots on the ladybugs with the corresponding numbered leaves.
Children should set the correct ladybug on top of the corresponding leaf
  L LANGUAGE
PLAY LIBRARY
Set up an area with books and let your children play library.
Let your children take turns being the librarian.
Provide some blank cards and some pens.
Show your children how to write the letter "L" on the card to put in the book when someone wants to check out a book from the library.
 
L STORIES
Look for stories about lambs, lions, ladybugs, leopards at the library.
Look for stories that start with the word "Little" or other L words.
L WRITING
PRE-WRITING ACTIVITIES FOR L
Give your children some licorice sticks and have them make L shapes.
Make L's out of toothpicks.
Make playdough L's.
Write L's in a salt box.
Make L shapes from a shoe lace.
  L SCIENCE
L ANIMALS
Go to the library and help your children find books on Lions, Lizards, Leopards, Ladybugs or Lambs.
Have your children make a book about their favorite L animal.
Have them find out where the animal lives, what his house is like, what he eats, etc.
Have them draw pictures of their animals in their books.
 
LITTER
When studying the letter L, is a good time to discuss litter and how it effects our environment.
You could discuss litter on roads and sidewalks or
Discuss litter in lakes and the ocean.
  L SNACKS
L SNACK IDEAS
 
Lentil soup Licorice Leeks
Linguini Lollipops Lemons
Lasagna Lettuce Limes

L  MOVEMENT
L MOVEMENT IDEAS
Fly like ladybugs
Fall like leaves
Do leg exercises
Roll like logs
Lay on the floor and make body L’s