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Letter R Arts and Crafts
Let the children draw rabbits and add a cotton ball tail.
Painting with Radishes
Cut radishes in half with a sharp knife. Give each child a plastic lid filled with red tempera paint. Have each child draw a large letter R with a red crayon – dip the radish halves in red paint and use them to rubber stamp along the crayon line to make a Radish R.
Glue raisins in the shape of an R. Be sure to have enough to eat and glue.
Trace each of the children’s hands for antlers, cut a large triangle for the head. The children can glue the hand antlers on the top, a red fingerprint nose and two black thumb print eyes.
Paper plate rabbits:
Use a small white paper plate and a large white paper plate. Glue the face parts, i.e.. nose, whiskers, eyes, nose, ears to the small paper plate. Glue on a tail and feet to the large paper plate. Then glue both together. Voila, cute and very individual rabbits!
Collect a used white sock from each child and stuff it with stuffing. Then glue on ears, nose, and eyes. Let the children use permanent pens to make the whiskers. Tie off the end of the sock to make a tail.
Color the letter R and then glue on rice.
With an outline of a rainbow, color in the different colors.
Paint with the color red.
R is for rectangle
Make rectangle collages include big and little rectangles, thin and fat rectangles.
R is for rain
Cut out an umbrella shapes and let the children sponge paint raindrop shapes with various colors of blue.
R is for rabbit
Make rabbit ear head bands and give the children cotton ball tails and pretend to be rabbits for a day.
Each child gets a white piece of construction paper. You then put various small objects under the paper like coins, paper clips, rulers, etc. Have the children rub over the objects with pencils. You can teach the children about various textures that objects have. You can also play a guessing game, by placing an object under the paper without them looking, and have them try to guess what it is as its starts to appear.
Make a big R and a little r on a piece of paper and make copies for all the children. Set out glue and different kinds of ribbon cut into short pieces. Let the children choose the ribbon pieces they want and glue them all over their letter R shapes.
Make them using toilet tissue cardboard centers. Cut small circle from construction paper then cut to the center of the circle and then form into a cone shape and glue or paste. Glue to top. Add Christmas tree tinsel to the other end for flames.
Make cars for the children to have races with from cardboard boxes. Cut off bottoms and top. Paint the box. Add straps using long brads(tape the exposed ends) or use colored telephone wire which bends easily) Add doors and headlights with another color of paint after the first is dry. The children can then be race cars drivers (wearing their car over their shoulders).
Make stick horses from cardboard. Paint. Add yarn manes.
Cut a triangle out of brown construction paper. Put one point down to be the nose. Trace the child’s hands to be the antlers. For Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, we glue red glitter to the nose area.
Letter R Games and Activities
Radish Help the children plant radish seeds in milk cartons – they grow fast!
Listen to a radio during quiet time – help the children list the different radio programs – i.e. – weather, public announcements, news, music, talk show, call in. etc.. Have them draw a simple picture of a radio.
Set up a reading center – feature books with R words in the title. Write a letter home encouraging parents to read to their children this week.
Have the children move around the room as robots. Give them commands like “stop”, “go”, “sit”, etc..
R is for rocks
Gather rocks and put in a plastic tub, let children classify rocks into sizes (big, medium and small) on to a big piece of paper, a medium piece of paper or a small piece of paper with the corresponding words written on each size paper.
R is for red
Have a red day and everyone wear red.
R is for records
If you’re lucky enough to be able to get a hold of an old children’s record player and records, let children operate independently in a listening corner.
R is for run
Have relay races.
Find a special rock and make a pet rock by adding facial features.
Do a special week or two that one child per day brings a book in to read aloud to the class. Then set a certain time to read. The children get excited when the book they have brought is the book of the day!
Rock Matching Game
Collect 5 pairs of rocks ranging in size from small to large. Paint the rocks and allow them to dry. Group the rocks into pairs of matching sizes. Print an uppercase R on one of the rocks in each pair and a lowercase r on the other. Then mix up the rocks and let the children take turns finding the matching pairs.
Make new things from the old trash that you collected. Teach children the importance of recycling.
-talk about the profile of a river (tributary, rapids, mouth)
-use a water table to demonstrate
-life in the river (strong upstream swimming fish, plants, birds, beavers)
Letter R Recipes and Snacks
Make rice and raisin pudding.
1 cup Cheerios or Apple Cheerios, crushed (about 1/2 cup)
1 1/4 cups of all- purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tsp. baking powder
3/4 Tsp. baking soda
2/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup of applesauce
1/3 cup milk
3 tbs. vegetable oil
1. Heat oven to 400. Grease bottoms only of 12 medium muffin cups, 2 1/2 X 1 1/4 in.
2. Mix cereal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir remaining ingredients.
3. Divide into muffin cups.
4. Bake until golden brown, 18 to 22 minutes.
Rice cakes with peanut butter
Letter R Songs, Poems and Finger Plays
Row Row Row Your Boat
A classic favorite. Try to teach the children how to do this song in rounds, where one group starts, and when they reach the second “Row, row, row..” the next group starts at the beginning.
(Tune: Pop! Goes The Weasel )
The rooster crows at the break of day.
To say the day is new.
We all know just what he’ll say,
I’m A Railroad Engineer
(Tune: Down By The Station )
Down at the station
Early in the morning,
See all the trains
Standing in a row.
I’m a railroad engineer,
I jump aboard my train.
Chug, chug, chug, chug
Off I go.
(Tune: Hush, Little Baby)
Rainbow purple, rainbow blue,
Rainbow green and yellow too.
Rainbow orange, rainbow red,
Rainbow smiling overhead.
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
When the rain falls from the sky,
(Flutter fingers downward.)
Don’t forget to look up high.
(Cup hand above eyes and look up.)
If the sun is shining there,
(Make a circle with arms above head.)
You may find a rainbow fair.
(Sweep arms in an arc above head.)
Red orange, yellow, green and blue.
And you’ll see there’s purple, too.
Ten Little Reindeer
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little reindeer,
Four little, five little, six little reindeer,
Seven little, eight little, nine little reindeer,
Playing in the snow.
The Robot Song
(Tune: The Wheels On The Bus)
The arms of the robot swing up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The arms of the robot swing up and down,
All around the room.
The legs of the robot move back and forth…
The head of the robot turns side to side…
The buttons on the robot blink on and off…
The voice of the robot says beep, beep, beep…
Rain Finger play
Rain on the green grass.
(Flutter fingers down to ground.)
And rain on the tree.
(Flutter fingers up over head.)
Rain on the housetop,
(Make upside down “V” with hand and arms.)
But not on me!
(Circle arms over head to make umbrella.)
(Tune: Row Row Row Your Boat)
Rain, rain falling down,
(Flutter fingers up and down.)
Landing all around.
(Move arms out to sides.)
What a lovely sound you make
(Cup hands behind ears.)
Splashing on the ground.
(Wiggle fingers up and down.)
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