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"T" Activities
 

T ART
T HANDPRINTS
Have your children make turkey or tulip handprints.
Turkey Handprint make brown handprints (fingers spread) then use a black marker to add feet and facial features.
Tulips Make red or pink handprints (fingers held together) add green paint or paper stems and leaves.
 
CUTTING TREES
Cut out some large paper triangles for your children from green construction paper.
Fold the triangles in-half and have your children cut in from the outside side edge towards the fold (4-5 times).
Open to reveal branches on a tree.
 
CUTTING TRIANGLES
Give your children 1 strips of paper.
Have them cut the paper into small triangle shapes.

TINSEL TREES
Give Your children triangle shapes cut from a piece of 9 x 12 construction paper.
Set out some tinsel and some glue.
Have your children cut the tinsel into small pieces.
Then, glue the tinsel onto their trees.
 
TOOTHPICK DESIGNS
Set out background paper, plus some glue and some toothpicks.
Have your children make designs or pictures by gluing the toothpicks onto the paper.
 
TRAINS
Here is a fun activity using empty egg cartons and toilet paper tubes.
First, cut the egg cartons in-half, lengthwise.
Then, have your children paint the carton halves black.
Next, cut off a 2 section of the cardboard tube and have your child paint it red.
When dry, set the red tube on top of the first cup of the black egg carton to create a black train with a red smoke stack.
Write the letter T on the smoke stack.

DECORATING Ts
Using the large T pattern, cut out T shapes for your children using heavy paper.
Have your children decorate their Ts with one of the following items.
Toothpicks Turtle stickers
  Tinsel Teddy Bear stickers
  Triangles Truck stickers

T GAMES

TIME GAME
You will need a non-digital clock for this game.
Turn the clock to a time of day such as; 8:00 a.m.
Then, have your children tell you what they usually do at this time of day, such as; get up, eat breakfast, go to school, etc.
Continue the game by turning the clock to other hours and discussing what the child or children do at this time.
 
TRAIN GAME

Cut out 2 x 3 paper tickets from four different colors of paper.
Pass out the tickets.
Now, chug around the rood pretending to be a train.
When you stop, call out All Aboard the Red Train.
Children must hand you a red ticket to get on the train.
Chug around some more and then have the children get off.
Continue, chugging around and stopping to call out the name of a different colored train.
Variations: You can give your children one of each color of tickets, so that they get to climb aboard each time, or you can give children different colors of tickets.
   
T MATH GAMES
Sets of TWO have your children look around your house or classroom and find things that come in sets of two, such as; socks, shoes, salt and pepper shakers.
Sets of TEN give your child 50 toothpicks and have her put them into 5 sets of 10.

STACKING TOWERS
Set out some blocks and see how tall your children can build towers.

TUNNEL GAME
Make a tunnel for your children to crawl through by placing blankets over small tables or the backs of chairs.

TEA PARTY GAME
You will need 4-6 different sets of tea cups and saucers. They should be different patterns or colors.
Set out all of the saucers.
Have your children take turns finding the matching cups that go on top of each saucer.

T MOVEMENT GAMES

T MOVEMENTS
Here are some simple ideas for movement that begin with the letter T.
Tumbling
Tossing
Tapping
Tugging
Tip Toeing
Twirling
Twisting    
 
T LANGUAGE
 
OPPOSITES FOR T
Say the first word in each of these opposites and have your child or children tell you words that are opposite that begin with the letter T.
Bottom (Top) Nice (Terrible)
Tender (Tough) Simple (Tricky)
Go Straight (Turn) Short (Tall)
 

IM A LITTLE TEAPOT
Be sure to have your children act out the popular childrens song.

Im a little teapot
Short and stout
Here is my handle, (place one hand on hip)
Here is my spout. (Make a spout with opposite arm and hand)

When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout,
Tip me over
And pour me out! (Bend at waist to pour out tea)
 

T TRUNK
Bring in a medium sized trunk, filled with items that start with the T sound.
Have children take turns reaching into the trunk to take out a T item.
Have the child say the name of the item.
Variation: Blindfold child before they reach into the trunk. Can they guess the T item they have chosen?

TRANSPORTATION Ts
Make a Transportation poster with pictures of items that begin with the sound of T.
First, discuss the many different types of vehicles that start with the sound of T.
Give your children a piece of paper and crayons.
Have children draw one of the vehicles that start with T.
Cut out the pictures and glue them onto your poster.
Label each vehicle with its name.
T Transportation Words:
  Trucks Trains
      Tractors Taxi
  Tricycles Tunnel
  Traffic Tracks
  Tickets Tires
   
I BOUGHT AN OLD T-BIRD
I bought an old T-Bird
And took it for a ride.
I opened the trunk
And got a surprise!

The trunk was filled with T things.
They were tucked in all around.
And you won’t believe
All the T things, I found.

There were traps and tennis rackets,
Televisions and trains,
Telephones and tents
And even truck chains.

There were tee shirts and toasters
And two tiny tops,
That twirled when you spun them,
Then tumbled and stopped.

A stuffed teddy bear
And a tiger or two,
Some awful fake tulips
The color of blue.

What could I do with
All of this junk.
I decided to take it,
All to the dump!
Jean Warren

WRITING T's

T SHIRTS
Cut out large tea shirt shapes for your children from white pieces of paper.
Set out marking pens and have your children fill their tee shirts with Ts.
 
  T SCIENCE
TREES
Look for tree activities in the Arbor Day article.
  
T ANIMALS
Go to the library and find books for your children to learn about these T animals.
Tigers Turtles
Toads Turkeys

T SNACKS

T SNACKS
Here are some ideas for snacks that start with the letter T.
  Tea Toast
  Tomatoes Turnips
  Tarts Turkey
  Tacos Tuna Fish
     
 
TEA CAFÉ

Why not set up a Tea Café? Besides serving tea and toast, set out table cloths, trays, tables and teapots for your children to use.