Your preschooler learns letters like "O" in various ways, but crafts and activities might be the most enjoyable for him. You enjoy his crafts and activities because it keeps him busy so you can accomplish necessary tasks and because he’s happy to do them. The crafts and activities remind him that learning can be fun and provide a finished project he can show others.
Funny "O" Crafts
Your preschooler can make lots of funny pictures with the letter “O.” She might draw faces inside the letter or transform it into the sun, moon or a jack-o-lantern. She could add limbs, a tail and head to an “O” stencil to make an animal puppet such as a monkey, cat or pig. By stretching string from all angles around and across a cardboard “O,” she can create a Halloween spider web or an Indian dream catcher to hang on the door. Her imagination offers limitless possibilities, so you'd better have plenty of display space to exhibit them all.
Your preschooler can make an “O” shape with his mouth, allowing him to make various noises that may make you wish he would stop. For example, he can say the letter again and again at various pitches, volumes and speeds. He can make monkey sounds and accompany them with lots of jumping and racing about. He can make ghost sounds to accompany his Halloween costume or blow air through his rounded mouth to sound like the wind.
The “O” shape is a common one and many items in your home feature that shape. Challenge your child to look around the room and point out all the “O” shapes she sees. She might start in her room with the overhead light, a round picture frame or her ball. She might explore the kitchen and find jar lids, apples, nectarines, tomatoes, plates and bowls. She could find a round mirror in the bathroom or CDs and DVDs in the den. Any room in your house probably offers such a rich supply of round shapes that you may tire of the game long before she finds them all.
Big Ones, Little Ones
The capital and lower case “O” look similar except for size. This makes it easy for him to find the letter in any printed material. When he has to sit for a period of time, you could give him a large print page and a pencil to find all the “O's” on the page. Read with him in your lap and have him point out the letter as you read. To help him notice the size of the letter, you might ask him to identify the letter as a big one or a little one.
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