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Preschool Corner: All About ‘Bb’


While I have my lesson plans from last year and I know that the kids are not the same…for some reason I am feeling the need to do things ‘new’ and ‘different’ this year.

Go figure.

It was a full day though and we had a lot of fun stuff going in the classroom ~ playing and making messes.

Alphabet Book

This year’s alphabet page craft was different than our bumblebee from last year. I had all the pieces cut out and then got a great idea for another craft {also bee related}, so I ended up cutting and creating a different page for the alphabet book ~ a boat. Not just any boat, mind you.


A brown boat with a blue sail in the blue water.

‘Cause I’m all about the letter ‘Bb’, I am! If you’re going to do it ~ might as well go overboard {there was really no pun intended on that…}.

You’ll need:

~ Brown and blue construction paper
~ Glue sticks
~ 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper {you can print off the alphabet book if you’d like!}

To Make:

{Note: I cut out all the pieces ahead of time since we have a short amount of time and a lot to do ~ otherwise I would recommend letting the kids cut out their own shapes!}

1. Trace a boat shape, a triangle and a ‘wave’ pattern out for your child.
2. Let your cut out the pieces for the boat.
3. Glue the water and boat onto your paper.

Art

After last week’s alligator craft, I wanted to keep the theme going of making a craft that is shaped like the letter we are studying. Since I also have an overabundance of foam sheets from the Dollar Tree, I have been using those ~ and they are a little more sturdy than construction paper.

The Bee ‘Bb’ was the result of my efforts. :) If you’d like more specifics on how to make it, you can find direction in my ‘Bb’ is for Bee Craft post.

We also had fun making ‘Bandaid Butterflies’ that I found over at No Time for Flashcards. Cheap ol’ bandaids at the Dollar Tree in some great funky colors made it fun, fun, fun.

Cooking ~ Blueberry and Banana Smoothies

There wasn’t much cooking involved – just blending! :) I hauled the blender in and we made banana and blueberry smoothies. Want to try them too?

You’ll Need:

~ 1/2 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
~ 1 banana {peeled, of course!}
~ 1 1/2 cups of milk
~ sweetener to taste {we used a few tablespoons of sugar}
~ ice to thicken

Drop it all in the blender and enjoy!

Game

We played a quick game of “I Spy” or find…and looked around our room to see what we could find that started with the letter ‘B’. Here’s what we found {and I borrowed this great idea from Carisa at 1+1+1=1 ~ her color ‘I Spy’ is wonderful!!}:

Math

Balancing and Estimating. I brought my scales in, along with my counting bears and we checked to see if bears of different colors weighed the same, compared the weight of bears to blocks, counted, sorted….and had fun learning.

Songs and Rhymes

We used a bee puppet during our circle time and sang a fun little song:

Do You Like to Buzz?
sing to: “Do Your Ears Hang Low”

Do you like to buzz?
Are you covered all in fuzz?
Do you call a hive a home
In the garden where you roam?
Do you like to make honey
Are your stripes a little funny?
Do you like to buzz?

Additional Resources

Be sure to check out another one of my posts for some more ideas for teaching the letter ‘B’ – there are some different activities and printables in that post too!

Stories & Books We Used:


About the Preschool Corner:

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our “preschool time” with our kids. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below(if you have questions feel free to ask). Be sure to link back to this blog post so that your readers can find some other great ideas too!The guidelines can be found here if you need them.

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‘Bb’ is for Bee {Craft}

I tried to find something fun to represent the letter ‘Bb’ for our preschool class and have to say that I am in love with this little bee.

I have to warn you though ~ if you use a foam sheet and a marker, the smudge factor will be involved. Fingertips will be black and marker color will spread like wildfire.

But the result is just so cute!! {dontcha think?}

What You’ll Need:

  • Yellow foam sheet or construction paper
  • Black sharpie or marker
  • Wax paper
  • Googly eye
  • Black pipe cleaner
  • Glue

How to make the ‘B’ Bee:

  1. Cut an uppercase ‘B’ out of the foam sheet or construction paper. I used a foam sheet that was about 4″ x 5″ in size.
  2. Cut out two circles from the wax paper to use as wings for your bee. {I used one black, one wax paper so the wings would show up for the pictures}.
  3. Cut the pipecleaner into two pieces ~ one should be 1/3 of the length of the pipecleaner, the other 2/3 of the length.
  4. Poke the small pipecleaner through the bottom base of the ‘B’ to use as a ‘stinger’.
  5. Poke the longer pipecleaner through the upper part of the ‘B’ to use as the bee’s antennae.
  6. Have your child draw stripes on the B using the marker.
  7. Glue on the googly eye and wings.

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The Preschool Corner: Letter B

Zachary has moved onto the letter “B” this week and it cracks me up how HUGE he has to make his “bellys” on his B’s. His P’s and R’s are normal, but he really enjoys making them larger than life.

He also started preschool 2 days a week (so Mommy has a little more time with Kaleb on those mornings).

ABC Book: Bumblebee

The bumblebee fits onto a standard size piece of paper. He cut out circles for the body and head of the bee and cut black stripes to glue on it also. I cut out wings for the bee using wax paper and then we added googly eyes and antennas to complete it.
Art Activity: Binoculars

We took two toilet paper rolls and stapled them together to look like binoculars, punched holes in the side to tie a long piece of string in for a “strap” of sorts.

Fun Activities

Balance: Have your child try walking with something balanced on their heads.Then try standing on just one leg. Do it while closing your eyes and see what happens!

Balance Beam: Tape a long strip of wide tape down the middle of a hallway floor and walk along the tape line. Can you do it without stepping off the tape?

String Beads: Practice patterning or make a necklace together.

Bounce Balloons: Blow up some balloons and have fun bouncing them back and forth to each other.

Letter Sheet/Collage

Click on thumbnail to download pdf

Writing
This week we used our large easel to practice writing our letters, especially since the bellies on those “B”s can get rather large at times!
Rhymes and Songs
London Bridges Falling Down
Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee

Storytime

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle

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