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ABC Kids Games – Eating The Alphabet !

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Did you know that there are many ways to teach the Alphabet to children?  There are ABC songs and ABC kid’s games and rote memory activities and more.  One of the more interesting ways – at least to the kids – is to ‘eat the alphabet!’ Creating a fun ABC activity using food is always a memorable experience and snack time or meal time is a great time to eat the alphabet!  Many young children can be very fussy and selective eaters so introducing fun, new ways to eat healthy foods can be a challenge.  Introducing unfamiliar foods can be an ABC Kids Game and help children become more receptive to trying something new. Add silly adjectives to the name of the snack such as ‘silly string cheese’ or ‘yummy yogurt pops’, etc.

When offering sugary snacks limit the amount to a taste or two and add some cheese, fruit or a glass of milk to help your children eat less of the unhealthy foods. 

 There are snack ideas for every letter of the alphabet.  Sometimes you may have to be a bit creative (letters Q and Z for example) but you can come up with something.  Below is a list of snack or meal ideas for each letter. Please feel free to comment and share your favorites that you have used with toddlers and preschool children.  

 

TIPS:

***Adults should handle any stove top or oven use to avoid accidental burns to children.        Use extreme care, potholders, etc… keep young children well out of the way.

*** Everybody wash hands before any food preparation and when having children help to prepare any food.

*** Always check with parents about any ALLERGIES the children may have.  Allergic reactions can have serious side effects including death.  Always offer alternatives.

 

A – Apples (of course you knew that was coming!); Applesauce (Making your own is very easy!); Almonds,

 

B – Bananas, Banana Bread (make your own!), whole wheat Bagel, Bread (bake some whole wheat Pillsbury rolls) , Blueberry muffins, Frozen Blueberries,

 

C – Carrots and dip, Cauliflower and dip, Corn on the Cob, Cheese & Crackers, Cereal, Cantaloupe, Cheerios, Chocolate (dark) covered Strawberries, Cherries, Coconut,

 

D – Dairy Foods for D, Delicious Delights (make up something and call it that!)  Disappearing Dippy Sticks (Carrots or celery sticks with dip)

 

E – Eggs (scrambles, hard boiled, deviled), Egg Salad on Crackers, Egg Roll,

 

F – French Fries (sweet potato version), Fruit, Fabulous Fun Fajitas, French toast,

 

G – Grapes, Grapefruit, Goldfish crackers, Graham Crackers, Green Eggs & Ham,

 

H – Ham & Cheese Hoagie (make a huge one and cut it up to share), Happy Honey Sticks (Dip pretzels into honey), * Babies under 1 year should not consume honey.

 

I – Ice Cream, Ice Milk, Ice Pops

 

J – Jello Jigglers, Juice,   Jam & Toast,

 

K – Kiwi fruit, kumquat,

 

L – Lemons (make lemonade), Limes (make limeade), Licorice,

 

M – Milk (add some chocolate), Minty Ice Cream, Macaroni and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes,

 

N – Nectarines, Nuts, Nifty —

 

O – Olives, Oranges, Oatmeal,

 

P – Pretzels, Peaches, Peanuts (beware of allergies) , Pistachio Pudding, Pumpkin (make a pie using canned), Pizza on Whole Wheat Pita Pockets (fun to make!), Potato Tots,

 

Q – Quesadilla, Quaker Oatmeal, Quiche, Quick Bread, Quinoa (Keen-wah)

 

R – Rasberries, Raisins, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Raviolis,

 

S – Spaghetti (whole wheat pasta), Saltines w/cheese, Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries,

 

T – Tacos, Tuna Salad on crackers, Tea and Biscuits (have a tea party), Tangy Tarts,

U – Udon Noodles, Upside down cake, Under the Sea ‘Goldfish’crackers, 
 
V– Vanilla ice cream, Vienna Fingers, Velveeta Cheese, V-8 Fruit Juice, Veggie burger, Vegetables and Dip, Very Vanilla Pudding, 
 

W – Watermelon, Walnuts, Wheat Chex, Wheat Crackers, Water, Wiggly Worms,

 

X – Hershey Kisses XXX, X-Shaped Jello Jigglers, X-tra Special PB&J Sandwiches, make X’s out of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls,

 

Y – Yogurt (Frozen Gogurts or Pops), Yellow Fruit, Yummy yams (mashed),

 

Z – Zucchini (make bread), ziti (pasta shape), zesty salad,

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How Many Parents of Preschoolers Find Teaching the Alphabet Difficult? ABC Kids Games?

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I’m writing a newsletter for parents, and don’t know if I should include a section on “Teaching the Alphabet.” Is this something parents are pretty comfortable with, or should I give some insight on ways to make learning the alphabet more meaningful and fun?Any ideas for ABC Kids Games and activities?


I think that your parents might find it very helpful. The alphabet is not something that you learn in order, but OUT of order and that is not a commonly known thing. Be sure to put lots of different ways to learn the alphabet in your section (tactile,sensory,songs, stories ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ is a good one). Congrats on having a good view of teaching and being willing to take the time and help out the ‘homefront’.

(See more ideas below!)

RAINY DAY PREK!


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ABC Games for Kids: Finding the Best Toddlers Games and Kids Activities Online

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ABC Games for Kids: Finding the Best Toddlers Games and Kids Activities Online
By Jess Singler

Parents and preschool teachers are always looking for the best and newest games for the little ones in their lives. While most of the latest toddlers games can be found online via a simple search engine lookup, there are many things that can be overlooked when searching for the right games for your kids. Below we will discuss the old standards as well as the newer school options when it comes to finding the best games and activities for your toddler.

Many of the old school ABC games for kids come in the usual blocks and puzzle varieties which do tend to keep even today’s modern kids interested and focused. While the standard wooden blocks and puzzle boards will always be a winner and tend to be cost efficient, newer and more interactive varieties are available in today’s internet realm. Some of the computer based programs and toddlers games can take a little bit of time to get acquainted to however they provide a much greater variety of play and selections for the youngsters using them.

Computer programs that are available for toddlers to help learn the alphabet are very highly recommended for today’s youngsters seeing that computers are a vital part of their lives even in their younger ages. The ability to customize these programs and use them over and over can be a great tool for your young kids. Most of the available programs will change up the games and activities so that kids can learn their alphabet in varying ways to enhance problem solving skills.

Beyond the puzzles and computer options in terms of ABC games for kids, parents and teachers can also be creative and come up with their own games and not rely on premade products. Need an idea? How about a simple letter recognition game where your child locates letters in a regular magazine and announces them out loud. Why not let your child locate animals or objects then you can write down the letters of that animal to allow verbal and visual recognition on multiple levels? There are many ways to let your kids learn the alphabet better and you can be creative in helping them in the process.

Our best piece of advice in trying to help your child learn their ABCs is to have fun! Your kid does not want to learn via a stale, static method and they need to have an enjoyable experience so they’ll want to come back and do it again.

Want to find local toddlers games and other options in terms of ABC games for kids? Jess Singler is a frequent contributor to TotActivities.com which allows moms to find upcoming kids activities & baby classes nationwide.

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What are some fun, easy games for a Pre-school’s Fall/Halloween Party?

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I was talked into heading up my little girl’s fall party at school. (she’s in preschool). The class consists of three and four year olds and I really need help thinking of games that would be fun and easy to understand at their age level. The kids aren’t all 100% on ABC’s, numbers, or colors . . Its a hard level to think on for me. Anyone been through this and have ideas?


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ABC Kids Games for Pre-Schoolers : What’s in the Box?: Preschool Games

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Put different items in a box, and have kids feel around and figure out what they are in this game called “What’s in the Box?” A fun game for preschool kids or little children in this free video!

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Pass The Ice Cube – Game

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A fun winter ‘Circle Time’ game: Pass the Ice Cube (or Snowball).

Have your group sit in a circle. Give each child a paper towel to dry their hands off as they play. Pass the ice cube or snowball around the circle allowing each child about 30  seconds to hold it.

(TAKING TURNS/SHARING/COOPERATION)

Encourage the children to rub it on their arm or face or neck and experience how it feels.

(SENSORY: Cold, wet , slippery, etc….)

Ask children to use words to describe it.Is it big or small? What color is it? What is it made of?

(LANGUAGE and PRE-LITERACY)

As the ice cube or snowball melts and gets smaller and smaller discuss what is happening and why.  The temperature in the room and of their hands may have something to do with it?  

(SCIENCE OBSERVATIONS)

When it has disappeared and is gone ask the questions: Who has the ice cube? Where did it go? How did it feel? How did it disappear?

(REASONING SKILLS)

You’ll surely think of more questions as the children do! Please share your results here!!!! The children will think it is magic! This game is great anytime of the year! Preschoolers may welcome the cool touch of ice in the hot summer months too!

 

ART FOR PRESCHOOLERS:

You can extend the ice theme by having the children paint with colored ice cubes that you have prepared ahead of time by using food coloring.  A fun abc kids game would be to write letters and numbers with colored ice! This can lead into a lesson on color recognition and an art lesson on mixing colors.  The older children will be able to grasp the concept of primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and secondary colors that are created by mixing two primary colors together (orange, green and purple). 

RED + YELLOW = ORANGE

BLUE + YELLOW = GREEN

RED + BLUE = PURPLE

 

Rainy Day PreK !

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Using Flannel Boards in Early Childhood Education

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What is a flannel board or story board?  It is an invaluable and versatile educational tool for preschool teachers and children.  The story board has become an integral part of the preschool curriculum. It is basically a story-telling board covered in a flannel or felt  material that teachers can use with preschoolers to tell visual stories with pictures, storyboard shapes and a variety of other manipulatives that are made from flannel or felt cut-outs (flannel sticks to flannel).  Flannel boards can come in a variety of sizes and can be mounted on a wall or be a smaller table-top style with an easel that easily folds up to put away.

 

The table-top style is great for small groups of children and encourages more participation and interaction and can easily be stored away.  The larger wall-mounted style is more permanent and better for large groups such as in a classroom setting.  Flannel boards or story-boards can be purchased commercially but it is very easy to make your own.  Some of the commercially bought ones have a magnetic side on the reverse for use with magnetic manipulatives and some may have whiteboards on the reverse.

 

Story re-telling is an important skill in developing language and memory skills with preschoolers.  Pre-literacy is important and even toddlers will benefit from listening and watching as older children play. Younger children always learn by observing and modeling older children.  Most preschool settings have a multi-age population and age overlaps for various groups, just as most families do.

 

Encouraging a child to re-tell a story or a number sequence or identify colors and shapes is a great independent activity as well as partner fun.  Re-telling reinforces learning and abstract concepts.   Preschoolers will gravitate toward this anyway if the materials are left on the board for their use.  They will also make up their own creative stories using the flannel board shapes in a free-play setting.  Children enjoy touching and feeling the soft manipulative shapes.   

 

For parents, flannel board play is a great independent activity for quiet times such as waiting at the doctor’s office, long car rides or just before bedtime or nap time. Flannel boards are also fun for rainy day activities for kids. Teachers love to use them for everything from storytelling; abc kids games, themed lesson-plans to teaching songs, rhymes and finger plays.

 

Flannel board sets are soft, colorful felt cutouts of shapes, alphabet letters (upper and lower case) colors, numbers or story characters and props.   Commercial sets can be found for fairy tales, nursery rhymes, popular literature, safety lessons, maps, the seasons, calendars, animals (zoo, jungle, farm, pets, etc.), special holidays, dinosaurs, multi-cultural ideas, Bible characters, games, transportation and many more early childhood themes. They can be purchased pre-cut or teachers and caregivers on a budget can make their own designs from felt. 

 

Flannel board activities are fun for families, pre-school centers, Head Start centers, home daycare providers, home school families, early childhood education settings, Sunday school teachers, special education classrooms,  librarians, and school teachers in the lower elementary grades.  Even teachers in higher grades may find good use of flannel boards for teaching the States or other geography, maps or math lessons. The usefulness is virtually endless. From Rainy Day Prek!


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Recommend a Board Game for an Advanced Toddler?

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Activities for 3 year olds: My son will be turning 3 next month. I want to get him a board game, but the problem with board games that are meant for his age, is that he already knows his ABC’s (upper and lowercase) and how to count to 20. (Known since he was 20 months old.) He gets bored with things he already knows, and games that are meant for kids ages 6 and over are a bit too much for him. Do you know any ABC kids games that are in-between? Anything that teaches counting over 20, and how to put letters together to form small words.

 


 

My daughter just turned 3 and is also advanced.Her favorite board game is “Chutes and Ladders” and she also likes the memory game. I know it isn’t a board game but it does cover what you’re looking for.We bought our daughter a V-Smile for Xmas and it has some wonderful games that do all the things you’re looking for. And they are age appropriate starting with activities for 2 year olds and going up. My daughter loves the Thomas game as well as the alphabet game (abc kids games) …Just a thought because I know how hard it is when you have an advanced toddler to find something that keeps teaching them without boring them… M.G



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