These lesson plans are planned for my 3 year old daughter. We don’t always do all of the activities in one setting. We focus on one topic a day. You can read the background on my preschool lesson plans here.
Rather than introduce a new letter, this day we spent a little time reviewing A and B and 1 and 2.
I used the foam letters and numbers to play a game we call Whack It. The items (in this case letters and numbers) are scattered on the floor, and the child is given some kind of whacking tool (we use a feather duster). I call out one of the names, like “A” or “1”, and the child gets to “whack” the correct item. You can reverse positions and have the child call out the items while the teacher uses the whacker (sometimes I whack the wrong item just to get a reaction). I use this game all the time with my piano students and flashcards. It transferred really well to this review activity, and it could be used in a lot of ways. The kids always enjoy having a legitimate excuse to hit something.
Then we made a letter B collage, using beans and buttons and beads (and lots of glue!).
Introduce the number: use a number grab bag with the various numbers we have in the house (foam number, blocks, magnet letter).
Read: 10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman
Play a number/counting game: Clothespin number match from Confessions of a Homeschooler
Create a color poster using crayon, colored pencil, marker, paper scrap, paint, etc.
Go on a color hunt and search the house to find the color.
Read: Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Make an orange paper plate jack-o-lantern and play pumpkin drop (from No Time for Flashcards)
We made some really cute bottle cap spiders from Silly Eagle Books. Unfortunately I cleaned up our Halloween decorations and dismantled the spiders, then realized I had forgotten to take a picture. You’ll have to take my word for it, they were really cute and the Sweet Bee loved making them because they involved glue and googly eyes, her two favorite things.