Letter I Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids

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Letter I Arts and Crafts

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Inchworms
Have the children cut an egg carton in half lengthwise. Have the children use green tempera paint and paint the half of carton green. Decorate with markers, paint, stickers. Add pipe cleaners for antennae and buttons for eyes.

Igloos
Have the children color or paint igloos on dark construction paper. Ask them to draw someone beside the igloo. Have the children tell little stories about their igloos.

 

Letter I Games and Activities

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Icicles
Have the children pretend to be icicles as they move about on the play area. Choose someone to be the sun. When the sun touches someone, he or she must “melt” and fall down, laying very still.

Inchworms
Play music and have the children move as inchworms on all fours. Show them to move like an inchworm, they should move their arms first, making their bodies go down, then their bodies arch up as the move their feet forward.

Insect Hunting
What you will need for a bug hunt:
A keen eye
Clean, clear containers with air holes or netting on tip. (empty yogurt containers work well)
trowel, or large spoon to collect specimens
Notebook to write down and sketch the insects you find
an overripe banana and a spoon full of brown sugar
Magnifying glass (optional)
Microscope (optional)
for nighttime bug hunting: all of the above plus a flashlight.

Indians
Talk about American Indians. Make an Indian drum out of an oatmeal box, make an Indian vest & headband out of a grocery bag.

Burn an incense

I Spy
Play the game “I spy something_(a color)_____” Sit the children in a circle,and spot an object of a particular color and say “I spy something_____”. Then go around the circle and have each child guess. The correct guess gets his or her chance to spot something.

Insect Stamping
Take a stamp pad and let the children place their fingertips into it and press it on a piece of paper and draw the rest to look like different insects; bee, ant, butterfly, etc.

I Search
Trace a giant version of the letter I on construction paper. Place the paper in a center. As children visit the center let them put their names on the back. Then instruct them to search through magazines and newspapers and cut out as many of the letter “I’s” as she can find and glue them to the gigantic letter I.

I Sew
Use a permanent marker and draw on Styrofoam plates with upper and lower case letter “I’s”. Use a golf tee to punch evenly spaced holes on the lines. Use bright colored yarn to “sew” the letters I and i.

“I” meaning ‘me’
Discussing self, capitalization of the pronoun, make a collage/drawing of “Things I like to Do” in an ‘I’ shape.

Icing Play
Learn to make cake-icing/frosting, color it, then mold letters and words from it. Or decorate the top of biscuits with the icing and scratch the letter and words in while still soft.

Insect Zoo
Make up an imaginary insect zoo. All insects must have six legs and have an i-shaped body. Give them all names that begin with i.

Itch
List things that make you itch.

Invitations
Write invitations to a class event. Use the computer to make very professional looking ones.

Islands
Play Islands by giving out one large sheet of newspaper to each child participating. When the music stops, each child must fold their paper in half and step on it. Children are eliminated from the game if feet are not on the paper. As the game progresses the papers get smaller.

Instruments
Make some musical instruments – drums, clapping sticks, shakers – for class, then sing songs with musical accompaniments.. Use some of the instruments to accompany a storytelling session.

 

Letter I Recipes and Snacks

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Roll-the-Can-Ice-Cream
This frozen treat is really child’s play (fun for grown-ups too).
Supplies –
For the freezer you need:
two empty cans – a 1-lb and a 3-lb with plastic lids 1 1/2 cups of rock or
kosher salt 20 cups( about 7 1/2 lbs) of crushed ice
For the ice cream you need:
1 cup heavy cream 1 cup milk 1 beaten egg (optional) 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp
vanilla 1/3 cup of chocolate chips
In the small can mix cream, milk, beaten egg, sugar, vanilla, and chocolate chips. If you use the egg, be sure it is fresh and has no cracks. Uncooked eggs can cause food poisoning. Cover the small can and set in the center of the larger can. Layer half the crushed ice alternately with half the salt in the empty space between the cans. Cover the larger can.
Now the fun begins:
Choose a hard level surface like a cement walk way and roll the can back and forth for about 10 minutes. Open outer can; empty old ice and water, lift out small can; wipe lid dry and remove. With a rubber spatula scrape ice cream from can sides. Stir and cover. Return small can. Repack with remaining ice and salt. Cover and roll for 5 more minutes.

Ziploc bag ice cream
You will need:For each child
1 pint-size zip-type plastic bag
1 gallon-size zip-type plastic bag
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoon salt(regular table salt that pours will work)
PROCEDURE:
Fill the large bag half full of ice. Add the salt. Seal the bag.Put
milk,vanilla,& sugar into the small bag. Seal it. Place the small bag inside the large one & seal again carefully.
Shake until mixture is ice cream,about 5 minutes.Wipe off top of small
bag.Then open carefully & enjoy!

Build an insect
2 celery sticks (body)
6 carrot sticks (legs)
2 licorice sticks ( antennae)
2 raisins(eyes)
Can use cheese spread to help stick the limbs to the body

Food that starts with letter I
Ice, ice cream, ice tea, Italian bread

Iron sandwiches
It’s basically grilled cheese, but instead of putting it in a pan, you wrap it in wax paper and use an iron with the kids to make the “grilled” sandwich. The kids love it!

Ice cubes
Fill two ice trays – one with blue food coloring and little water, and the other one with yellow food coloring. In a clear plastic cup, pour room temperature 7-up or other clear soda and then drop ice cubes in.

 

Letter I Songs, Poems and Finger Plays

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The Letter “I”
I stands for me when I want it to,
I is for ink and for ice cream too.
I is such a simple letter,
There’s no other that I like better.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
It’s raining, it’s pouring;
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and he
Bumped his head
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.

I See the Moon
I see the moon,
And the moon sees me.
God bless the moon,
And God bless me.

I see the moon
The moon sees me
Under the shade of the old oak tree
Please let the light that shines on me
Shine on the one I love.

Over the mountains
Over the sea
Back where my heart is longing to be
Please let the light that shines on me
Shine on the one I love.

If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands
(Clap hands twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands
(Clap hands twice)
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Clap your hands.
(Clap hands twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Stomp your feet
(Stomp feet twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Stomp your feet
(Stomp feet twice)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Stomp your feet.
(Stomp feet twice)

If you’re happy and you know it,
Shout “Hurray!”
(Shout “Hurray!”)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Shout “Hurray!”
(Shout “Hurray!”)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Shout “Hurray!”
(Shout “Hurray!”)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Do all three
(Clap hands twice, stomp feet twice then shout “Hurray!”)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Do all three
(Clap hands twice, stomp feet twice, then shout “Hurray!”)
If you’re happy and you know it,
Then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it,
Do all three.
(Clap hands twice, stomp feet twice, then shout “Hurray!”)

Insect Song
Insects, insects,
You are so very small.
Insects, insects,
Sometimes I see you crawl.

You fly and you buzz right by.
You jump up in the sky.
You are so small, the smallest of all,
Little insects, friends of mine.

 

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