|Baking shortbread cookies|
Over the course of twenty-six posts, I will introduce my own simple lessons for the letters of the alphabet. I will provide enough ideas and suggestions for a week's worth of activities.
For the letter B we focused on baking.
Super Coloring's Baker Coloring Page
First-School Preschool Activities and Craft's Baker Coloring Page
DLTK's Coloring Pages' Chef Coloring Pages
Letter B as a Baker Craft
SchoolhouseTeachers.com's ABC: What Will I Be offers a great lesson on B is for Baker.
Getting into the kitchen and baking cookies with your preschooler is a wonderful way to share family time and incorporate education into your day. Your child can help gather ingredients, read the recipe, measure ingredients, and prepare the cookies for the oven.
Safety first! Please keep in mind that the oven is very hot and your child should be supervised at all times near an oven. Do NOT allow them to handle items going in and out of the oven. Use your due diligence to prevent injuries. Allow trays and cookies to cool after baking before allowing children to touch them again.
I have to admit that I love using the pre-measured cookie mixes like those sold by Betty Crocker. They make it very easy when you need to make cookies quickly for an event. We have used the following mixes with good results: Sugar Cookie Mix, Salted Caramel (which is a limited edition mix), Rainbow Chocolate Candy, and the Pumpkin Spice (which is also a limited edition mix).
This recipe calls for red and green sprinkles and M&M's but you can use other colors for the rest of the year, too.
There are so many books out there teaching how to bake or cook with children. Visit the library or use one of the links below to learn about some of the books available.
Featured Shapes - Circle and Sphere
What better shapes are there than circles and spheres when you are taking about baking? So many cookie recipes ask you to roll your cookies into balls (or spheres) and then press flat (creating a circle shape).
One great way to incorporate a painting activity is with circles. Gather materials around your house that have a circular shape that could act as a stamp. For example, plastic cup, plastic lid, empty and clean yogurt container. Let your child use them as stamps with paint and a large sheet of paper.
Imagination Time: Play food
While talking about baking, allow your children to cook you a pretend dinner. In our household, we love the products from Learning Resources. They have such a variety of kits from fruit salads to healthy dinner baskets. They even have a baking set!
Visit a bakery
|Watching older brother |
pick out rolls for dinner
|Rolls at our local bakery|
Use old cookie cutters and clay to let your children pretend to bake cookies. (Remind them not to put the clay in their mouths!)
Other 'B' Topics
BeesI Heart Crafty Things' 15 Adorable Bee Crafts for Kids
Included in this roundup of crafts are those that incorporate a variety of materials including paper bags, paper plates, paint, glue, craft sticks, and tissue paper among other items.
Ms. Barbara's Bees: A Preschool Study
This includes many lessons to incorporate the study of bees into your preschool or homeschool including a really cool beehive created with egg cartons.
Fireflies + Mudpies' Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft
This is a great craft for a warm day outside. We used to make similar butterfly crafts when I taught workshops at the zoo. Kids love seeing the marker colors spread and combine when spraying water on the filter.
Fun Learning for Kids' Butterfly Collage
I always love the idea of giving kids materials and letting them create their own art project. Here is one you can do with butterflies as the base.
Parenting Chaos' b is for Butterfly Letter of the Week Craft
This offers the lowercase letter b for the butterfly craft.
Mommies Reviews' Homeschooling Craft B is for Butterfly
Cute art craft using pasta to create a butterfly picture.
Birds - Bird Feeder
There are lots of interesting bird crafts that could accompany the letter B. And you can also make a bird feeder to hang outside allowing for some nature watching time. Please visit my Crafts - Animals Pinterest Board for more bird craft ideas.
The Resourceful Mama's Peanut Butter Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
We used to make these when I taught at the zoo. They were an easy way to prepare a bird feeder with just a few supplies.
Kitchen Counter Chronicles' Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders
These bird feeders use gelatin as the 'sticking' agent instead of peanut butter. Great if you (or a loved one) have a food allergy. They also allow for creativity and experimentation, if you and your children want to try different shapes than just the heart suggested.
First-School Preschool Activities and Craft's Alphabet Letter B Baker Theme
MPM School Supplies B is for Literacy Center Craftivity
Sight and Sound Reading's Letter B Crafts