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"U" Activities

U ART
UMBRELLA PICTURES
You will need to cut out 2-3 small 3” circles and 6 small black boot shapes for each of your children.
Set out the cut shapes, some glue and a sheet of background paper.
Children glue the three circles onto their background paper, then glue two boot shapes (pointing the same direction) below each circle.
When dry, have your children add center dots and spoke lines on the circles with marking pens.
Your children may also want to add raindrops on their papers with a blue pen.
Variation: For writing practice, have your children add the letter U all over their umbrella’s.
 
UNIFORMS
Cut out short sleeve shirt and pant shapes for your children, using light colored paper.
Have children glue the shirt and pants onto a piece of paper.
When dry, have children use marking pens or crayons to add heads, arms, etc., turning the shapes into a picture of a person wearing a uniform.
Extension: Give your children small paper breast pocket shapes, have them add the letter U to the pocket, then glue it onto the top of the uniform.
 
BOX UKULELE
You will need a long tissue box and an empty towel tube for each child for this activity.
Remove any plastic found around the hole on the top of the tissue box.
Have children wrap large rubber bands around the box.
Set out marking pens or stickers for your children to use to decorate their box and towel tube.
Cut a hole on the top of the box, the size of the towel tube.
Help your child slip the tube into the box half-way to represent a handle for their ukulele.
Variation: You can also make ukuleles without the handles for your children to play with.
 
DECORATING U’s
Cut out large U shapes using the U pattern and heavy paper.
Have your children decorate their U shapes with one of the following.
Stickers of unicorns, Uncle Sam or umbrellas.
o Crayon drawings of animals that live under the ground.
For underground drawings, you will want to cut out brown U’s for your children.
 
UGLY PICTURES
Set out general art supplies.
Have your children make an ugly picture.
If your child finds this too vague, have him make an ugly bug, or animal picture.

  U GAMES

 
 U TOSS

Using the large sized U pattern, cut 4-5 U shapes out of cardboard.
Set out a wooden spoon, held upright in a pot of dirt.
Let your children try to throw the U’s so that they ring around the handle of the spoon.
   
BALLOON TOSS
This is a fun activity to play when introducing the letter U.
Give each child an inflated balloon.
Have them bat the balloon “up” and continue to tap it so that it doesn’t fall down.
The child who keeps his “up” the longest, is the winner.
Variation: You don’t need a winner. Just let children start over if their balloon fall down.
Variation: You could also mark the balloons with the letter U using a permanent marker.
CAUTION: Be sure to supervise any balloon activity and remove all small balloon pieces immediately if one happens to pop.

UNDER THE UNDER PASS
Have two children hold hands and raise their arms up high (like in London Bridges).
Now have a third child go back and forth “under” the underpass singing to the tune of “London Bridges”:
“Driving through the underpass, underpass, underpass
Driving through the underpass, on my way to work.”

“Driving through the underpass, underpass, underpass
Driving through the underpass, on my way back home.”
 

As children take turns, let them sing about a different destination each time.

U MOVEMENT GAMES

MOVEMENT ACTIONS
Crawl “up-side-down”
Put your head “under” your arms
Put your finger “under” your foot.
Put your arms “up”
Pretend to ride a unicycle
 

U HOKEY POKEY
“ You put your right foot “up”, you put your right foot down, you put your right foot up and you shake it up and down. You do the hokey, pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about.”
Continue with other Up or Under movements.
U LANGUAGE
U LISTS
Let your children help you make up lists of some U things.
A list of things that go Up.
A list of things that go Under.
A list of things that are Ugly.
A list of people who wear uniforms.
 

THE ADVENTURES OF UNDERDOG

Have your children make up stories about Underdog, the smallest but bravest dog around.
Have children draw pictures of what they think Underdog looks like.
Suggest that they draw a shirt on their dog with a giant U on it.
 
U TURN
U Turn, U Turn
Go around.
First go up,
Then come back down.
Jean Warren

 
MY UNICYCLE

Tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean”

My unicycle went under the underpass.
My unicycle went under the bridge.
My unicycle went under the umbrella,
Oh what an unusual trip.
                          Jean Warren
 

UKULELE BEAR
Ukulele, Ukulele
Ukulele Bear
Played his ukulele
At the fair.

It got so hot
Out under the sun.
He started to undress
In front of everyone.

He left on his hat
And his underwear
But everyone pointed
And started to stare.

He ran underneath
The big grandstand
And borrowed a uniform
From a member of the band.

He went back to playing
Out in the sun
But he stood under an umbrella
Until he was done.
Jean Warren
 
LET’S DANCE “ROUND THE UMBRELLA"

Tune: “Mulberry Bush”

Let’s dance ‘round the umbrella,
The umbrella, the umbrella
Let’s dance ‘round the umbrella
And toss in U words.

(Give your children picture cards with pictures of U words.
Let them take turns singing a verse of this song and tossing their card into the umbrella.)

Example:
“I will add an undershirt,
Undershirt, undershirt.
I will add an undershirt
To the um-brell-a.
Additional Picture Card Words
        Umpire
        Ukulele
        Underwear
        Uniform
        Unicorn
        Underpass
        Unhappy
        Umbrella
        Universe
 

U WRITING

BEGINNING WRITING FUN
Let your children write U’s with their fingers in salt poured into the bottom of a small box lid.
Make U’s with wax sticks
Write U’s all over a piece of paper.
  U SCIENCE
UNDERGROUND ANIMALS
  Have your children investigate animals that live under the ground.
  Perhaps build a habitat using large cardboard boxes that they could crawl through
  Read books about rabbits, groundhogs, gophers, etc.
  Study animal foot prints.
  Visit a small zoo with these animals.
  Look for pictures of these animals on the internet or in books.
  Read stories about animals that live under ground.

  U SNACKS

U SNACKS
Ugly fruit
Celery U slices
Up-side-down Cake