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"S" Activities
 

S ART
DECORATING ‘S’ SHAPES
Using the large S pattern, cut out S shapes for your children using heavy paper. Let them decorate their S’s with one of the ideas below.
Star or Starfish stickers
Any stickers
Sand
Silver paint
Small sticks
 
S ART ACTIVITIES
While studying S, there are lost of S art activities to choose from, such as:
Sewing
Stamping
Sponge Painting
Scissor activities
 
SNOWFLAKES

Here is a fun activity using coffee filters.
Show your child how to fold a coffee filter in-half, then in-half again.
Then, have her cut small shapes out from along the folded edges.
When she open the filter, she will find a simple snowflake.

SAND ART
You will need sand, waxed paper and glue for this activity.
Set out a sheet of waxed paper.
Give your child a small bottle of white liquid glue.
Have him squirt the glue onto the paper creating a design.
Finally, have him sprinkle sand over his shape.
Allow time for glue to dry, then pry off paper and hang up the sand art.
Variation: You may want to have your child make an S shape with his glue.

STICKS AND STRAW HOUSES
Read the story of the Three Little Pigs and then let your child make these fun houses.
Cut out two simple house shapes from light weight cardboard.
Set out some glue.
Have your child collect dried grasses and small sticks, then glue them onto the two houses.
Extension: Cut out some small red rectangle shapes for your child to glue onto a house shape to make a house of bricks, also.

STAR HEADBANDS
You will need a 2” x 18” piece of paper for each headband, plus some star stickers.
Give your child the strip of paper and some star stickers.
Have her stick the stickers onto her paper strip.
Then place the paper strip around her head and tape the two ends together.

S GAMES

SPOON SIZES
Here is a simple activity to help your child learn about size and ordering.
Set out 4-5 spoons of different sizes.
Have your child place them in order from small to big.
 
SPOON PATTERNING

You will need 12 or more teaspoons and soupspoons for this activity.
Start by placing the spoons in a simple pattern, such as; teaspoon, teaspoon, soupspoon, teaspoon, teaspoon, soupspoon.
Have your child tell you what type of spoon comes next to keep the pattern going.
Continue with other spoon patterns for your child to finish.
   
SPONGE STACKS
You will need 4-5 rectangular sponges in different sizes.
Set out the sponges.
Have your child stack the sponges from largest to smallest.

SILVER HUNT
When learning about the letter S, why not reinforce the “s” sound by going on a silver hunt.
Help your child hunt around your house looking for things that are silver in color.
How many silver things did you find?

S MOVEMENT GAMES

SLIP AND SLIDE
Now is a great time to let your child take off her shoes and slip and slide across a smooth floor.
 
STATUES OF STONE
Play a game with your child, where every once in a while you say “Statues of Stone”. Your child must at that time “freeze” in whatever position he is in.
S LANGUAGE
S OPPOSITES
Here are some words for your child to find their “s” opposites.
Happy (sad) Frown (smile)
Big (small) Finish (start)
Fat (slim or skinny) Dumb (smart)
Rough (smooth) Serious (funny)
Float (sink)    
 
S STORIES
Look at the library for story books about “s” characters and objects, such as; snakes, spiders, snowmen, ships, sharks, etc.
 
SHARED STORIES
Do a shared story with your child.
One of you starts the story, then the other one continues it for a while.
Go back and forth, each of you contributing to the story.
Eventually, encourage your child to tell their own story from start to finish.

S PANOMIMES
Have your child make up a story about Rainbow Rabbit.
Include things in the story that start with the letter R.
Act out “s” action words, such as; sweep, slide, smile, sing, sew, swing.
Have your child try to guess what you are doing by your actions.
Remind her that the action starts with the “s” sound.

S WRITING

SAND WRITING
Pour some sand or salt into the top of medium sized box.
Have your child make the letter “s” with his finger.
Then have him shake the box to make a smooth surface, the write it over again.
S SCIENCE
S SCIENCE
Here are some suggestions for science activities you will find on the Discovery Station.
Seeds
Sun and Stars / solar system
Shell collections
Five Senses
Straw experiments
 
SINK VS. FLOAT
Let your children experiment by seeing what sinks and what floats in water.
Set out a dish pan ¾ filled with water.
Set out five light objects and five small heavy objects.
Mix up the objects.
Have your child place each item in the water to see if it sinks or floats.
Extension: Have your child make two piles of the objects, those that sink and those that float.
 
S ANIMALS
Let your child choose one of the following animals to learn more about.
Sheep Seagulls
Seal Skunk
Spider Seastar
 
S INSTRUMENTS
Pull out some “s” instruments and form a “s” marching band.
Sticks
Shakers
Sandpaper blocks
String instruments

S SOCIAL STUDIES

STAMP COLLECTION
Let your child examine a small collection of stamps form around the world.
 
SOCIAL SKILLS

Now is a great time to review social skills; such as, saying “please” and “thank you”.