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Each week I refer to our letter of the week curriculum and choose a set of activities that I know my two-year-old will enjoy. I’m careful to choose activities that are developmentally appropriate – and ones that will hold her interest.
This week we did just a small handful of activities. As it turned out, she already knew recognized the letter J when we began our week – so there was no need to go overboard.
Plus, it was the week before Christmas. And you know how that goes.
We started with a simple process art activity – jar printing. I brought two jelly jars up from the basement, put some washable tempera paint on paper plates, and let my two and four-year-old get to work.
This simple activity reinforced the letter and its sound. I printed a block letter and gave my daughter some plastic jewels. As she worked, I reinforced the sound of j. “Can you put the /j/ /j/ jewels on the J?”
I printed a bug-catching jar and grabbed our plastic bugs. Then I wrote the numbers 1,2, and 3 on little cards. My Two flipped over each card, identified the number (sometimes she needed help), and put the corresponding number of bugs in the jar. She had no trouble with 1 or 2 bugs, but needed help counting three of them.
It can be surprising when children can count to 20 or more (as my Two does) but can’t transfer that knowledge to counting objects. However, this is completely normal. With lots of simple activities like this one, they catch on!
Finally, we did this fun vocabulary builder. I named the picture, and she covered it with a poker chip. Get this freebie in the download at the end of this post.
P.S. In the busy days before Christmas, five activities were all we could do. If you were hoping for more, check out our letter J activities for 3-year-olds. We have a few more in that post!
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