We were focusing on learning the letter H this week, but these things would work with any letter you’re teaching.
There is a miniature horse farm about an hour away from us called “The Land of Little Horses“. This is someplace I’ve been several times before. The first time it was just my husband, Paul and I because he has first-hand knowledge of my love for horses and planned the day for me. The visits after that have been with at least one grandchild in tow.
We planned a trip to take our 4 little grandchildren to the Land of Little Horses last Sunday. The day dawned warm and sunny; actually, a little too warm. We picked the kids up, exchanged vehicles and we were off (we always have to drive the parent’s vehicle when we take 3 or 4 because of all those car seats)!
The first thing to do after paying admission is to buy some food to feed to the animals. And then we entered the Land of Little Horses, where we found lots of cute little miniature horses. Some are so tame they are allowed to mingle right in with the guests. They also have lots of other animals for the kids to see, including cows, pigs, rabbits, turkeys, goats, llamas, alpacas, turtles, pheasant and full-size horses, including one extra large Belgian. The day was made complete with a show they put on with dogs, a pig, goats and miniature horses.
So this was the beginning of our talking about horses. When I planned to have the kids over for a day this week, I decided to stay with a horse theme, “H is for Horse” to be more specific.
7 ways to make learning letters fun:
1. Our horse adventure started with the Land of Little Horses, which I know isn’t possible for most of you, but you might consider a local farm that allows field trips, a museum, zoo, library, pumpkin patch, fire department, etc. The library would be a great idea because each child could pick out a book related to the theme of the day.
2. I went online to education.com and printed some H worksheets, a maze and a connect the dot. Our day started with these. I had them ready to go at the kitchen table and the grandkids navigated right to them.
3. Next was our craft. I printed 4 different horse color pages on cardstock for a little extra strength and allowed each child to pick the one they wanted. My idea was to cover the horses with buttons. I showed them beautiful pictures from Pinterest of horses like this, but my grandchildren always have their own ideas and who am I to stifle their creativity! So here are their beautiful creations:7 ways to make learning letters fun for your little ones! Plus more ideas! #learning #learningsomethingnew #alphabet #learningletters Click To Tweet
4. Next up was making horse cupcakes. This idea came from Flying on Jess Fuel and it’s a quick and easy horse. Maggie loves to help in the kitchen and was the first one to claim stirring rights. The supplies needed are:
- Cake mix & required ingredients
- Nutter Butter cookies
- Edible eyes
- Black tubed frosting
They are so simple to put together that you can just look at the picture and figure it out. Ours were made without perfection, but with lots of love!
5. While the cupcakes were in the oven we started a game. This game is called “Herd Your Horses” and we love it. The 3-year-old doesn’t have the staying power for this game. It doesn’t move along quick enough or have enough action to keep her attention. But the 5 and 7-year-old love it.
6. Cupcakes completed, game over and lunch time behind us, we moved on to rest time. I don’t know if rest time is more for them or for me! Today’s movie for rest time, Spirit! This movie is the story of a wild stallion named Spirit and the Native American that befriends him.
7. Our final project for our “H is for Horse” day was reading time. I hadn’t had time to actually go out and look for a book with a horse character, so I downloaded a Kindle version. These are the two we read today: Holly Horse and the Great Quest and Learn About Horses. (You can find the links below to purchase these items.)
There are many more fun activities you could plan to teach the alphabet:
- alphabet puzzles
- hide the letter you’re working on, or letters, around the house and let your child find them
- there are many, many alphabet crafts online to choose from
- alphabet soup – your child could find the letter he/she is currently learning
- print or draw a large upper and lower case letter and let your child decorate it however he/she chooses; crayons, markers, paint, feathers, tissue paper, sequins, etc.
- shape letters out of play dough
- color pages
However, our horse activities were completed for the day so we moved outside for a little playtime. Followed by grandpa getting home, yeah! So Grandpa helped entertain while Grandma made dinner. The menu is always limited when the grandkids are here, let’s see pizza, pasta or chicken nuggets, what shall we make? Today it was spaghetti, complete with salad and toasted garlic bread.
After dinner, we were homeward bound with the grandkids because this grandma has to work tomorrow.
We had quite the busy, action-packed day!
Thank you so much for stopping by Aging Like a Fine Wine and reading about our learning letters adventure! You are wonderful!
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