Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Why?   letter recognition, sight words, writing letters

What?  small swinging trashcan, felt scraps, googly eyes, pom poms, craft glue (E6000 works great), magnetic letters

How?  Decorate the trashcan to look like a man similar to the photo. Place magnetic letters out on the table. If children can identify a letter and make its sound then they can “feed” it (put it inside) Letter Man.

More?  Place the letters inside Letter Man. Children can take turns pulling out a letter, making the sound, and saying a word that starts with that sound.

Ask children to feed Letter Man all the vowels…all the letters that are blue…the letters in alphabetical order…and so forth.

Have children spell sight words and then feed them to Letter Man.

Have children draw a letter out of Letter Man and write it.

Have children select a handful of letters and then try to make a word with them.

Sing this song to the tune of “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” as you put letters in the trashcan.
         I know an old man who swallowed a (name letter).
         What would he say if he swallowed a (name letter).
         (sound), (sound), (sound) – (name letter).