Theme for the Week - Father's Day
Father's Day is a great day to show Dad how much you appreciate him. Here are some fun activities for you to do to help your little one love and appreciate Daddy even more. Here's a link that helps you talk about the origin of Father's Day.
Letter of the Week: F - for Father's Day. Point out things that start with "F" - finger, feather, fondue. Show your toddler a picture of both a capital F and a lower case f. Draw a F on paper and let him/her trace over it, or use your child's finger to draw it in the sandbox or dirt. Use bath tub or refrigerator letters to show him/her this letter as well.
Number of the Week: 17 - When you show your child anything say "17 grapes" (or whatever you are counting). Write the number 17 on paper or show your toddler a flash card. Show your child 17 things at a time and count them - "one, two, three, four..." - so your child gets used to the pattern. If nothing else, hearing the number is good for him/her. Don't be afraid of talking about 2-digit numbers.
Songs of the Week: Here's a cute video from Bryant Oden:
Story of the Week: Little Critter - Happy Father's Day - This book is by Mercer Mayer and is adorable - you might have to find them at the library. When I need books from my local library, I search the catalog on-line and placed holds on all the books I want. In a couple of days, they are ready to pick up. Instead of trying to browse the shelves with a busy toddler, I pick them up, check them out and I'm on my way. Here's a link to public libraries in the United States if you'd like to see if your local branch is here.
Snack of the Week: pick Dad's favorite snacks and have your child serve it to Dad. Both will love it!
Spanish Words of the Week: father - el padre, dad - papá, man - el hombre, hug - el abrazo. Also check out 123TeachMe - it is a fabulous resource for Spanish - kid's activities, a verb conjugator, pronunciations - tons of great stuff. Check it out.
Do It Myself: Give Dad a Hug - Make sure your toddler knows what a hug is by showing him how to hug Dad or Granddad or really anyone!
Activity of the Week: Father's Day Wallet Card - There are several fun ideas on this page but scroll down to the wallet card idea - it's easy for a toddler and easy for Mom to finish.
Sign Language Sign of the Week: Daddy. If your toddler is still learning how to talk, sign language can be a great way for him/her to communicate. And as they get older, they'll pick up signs faster and it can be more of a fun thing versus a way to communicate.
Remember to give your toddler/preschooler a hug and tell him/her you love them. Hope you have a wonderful week!