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LETTER "C" ACTIVITIES
 

ART
CUTTING Cís
There is a number of cutting activities that you can do when talking about the letter C.
Give your children large paper Cís and have them cut them into 3-4 pieces, then glue them back on a piece of paper
Give children 1Ē strips of colorful construction paper and have them cut corners off the strips, then glue the corners on a large print out of the letter C.
Cut play dough
 
COLORING Cís
Tape 2 or 3 crayons together and have your children draw rainbow Cís on a piece of paper.
Have children write Cís on a piece of paper with a white or yellow crayon. Then have them paint over their Cís with a blue wash.
Cut out large construction paper Cís for your children using the large C pattern. Have them color designs on their letter.
 
PLAY DOUGH Cís
Give your children some play dough and show them how to roll snakes and then turn them into the letter C.
Have children make a play dough birthday cake and then give them some small candles to place on the top.
 
RUBBINGS
Let your children do rubbings of cracks on trees or sidewalks.
Using the medium C pattern cut out some cardboard Cís. Have your children take turns laying a piece of paper over the Cís and making rubbings with paperless crayons.
Do coin rubbings.
 
COLORING WITH CHALK
Have your children make Cís on the sidewalk with colored chalk.
Let your children color with chalk on a chalkboard.
Color with chalk on paper that has been dampened with water.
 
DECORATING THE LETTER C
Cut out large C shapes for your children from heavy paper and choose one of the suggestions below to decorate them.
Let them spread glue on the shape and then sprinkle on corn meal.
Let your children glue on corn kernels on their Cís.
Glue on small candles.
Stick on cat stickers.
Glue on Cheerios.

MAKING CHAINS
Give your children 1Ē x 6Ē strips of paper.
Have them write ďCísĒ on them, then make them into chains.
   
C CROWNS
Give children flat paper crowns.
Have them draw Cís on their crown with glitter glue.

GAMES & ACTIVITIES

COUNTING COINS
Set out a pile of coins.
Have your children take turns counting or sorting the coins.
 
CARD GAMES
Set out some card games for your children to play.
Stress that the word ďcardsĒ starts with the letter C..
 
TOSSING GAME
Set out some cups or some caps.
Have your children take turns tossing coins (or cards) into the containers.

DRESS-UP AREA
Stock up your dress-up area with lots of costumes.
Bring in things for your children to dress up like clowns.
Bring in C hats for your children; cowboy, clown, construction, conductor.
 
CLOTHESPIN GAMES
Have children clip clothespins around the edge of a non-sharp can.
Have children clip paper cups together with clothespins.
Have children drop clothespins into a can.
 
CARS ON THE CARPET
Let your children play with cars on the carpet.
 
COUNTING
Give your children cups of C objects to count.
  Examples; Cherrios, coins, crayons, cars, candles, clothespins, cotton balls.
 
MATCHING GAMES


Set out a large box of color crayons and have your children search for color matches.
Make alphabet cards, put in 3-4 C cards and then mix them up. Have children search for Cís.

MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES

POPPING CORN
Have your children curl up on the floor and pretend to be in a pan on the stove.
Pour some pretend oil over them and watch them get hotter and hotter.
Gradually, have them start to pop, by popping out an arm or a leg.
Finally, have them jump up and pop out of the pan.

C MOVEMENTS
Animal Movements - Have your children move like their favorite animal that starts with the letter C.

LANGUAGE

C CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Here are some favorite children’s books that have C names.
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss.
Corduroy by Don Freeman.
Millions of Cats by Wanda Ga’g.
Chick Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin
The Cat and the Canary by Michael Forman
 
C BOOKS
Give your children a blank books made by folding over three sheets of copy paper and stapling the outside fold.
Have them look through old magazines and tear out picture of words that start with C and paste them into their C book.

WRITING

BEGINNING WRITING IDEAS FOR THE LETTER C
Let your children make C shapes using play dough.
Let your children make C shapes using Chenille stems.
Draw C’s using crayons.

CUTTING

CUTTING CORNERS
Here is a fun beginning cutting activity for your children.
Give your children scissors and small pieces of paper with corners.
Show them how to cut off each corner.
Have them continue cutting corners as long as they wish.

SCIENCE

DISCOVERY IDEAS FOR THE LETTER C
Discover that the letter C has two sounds, the K sound and the S sound.
Discover C animals, such as; cats, coyotes, canaries, camels, cows, etc.
Look for C foods at the grocery store. Carrots, cauliflower, corn, celery, cucumbers, cakes, cookies, crackers, etc.
Do a cooking unit, cooking with C foods.
Introduce C instruments, such as the clarinet, cow bells, castanets, cymbols.
Teach your children how to “clap” to the rhythm of the songs you sing.

SNACKS

C SNACK IDEAS
Serve celery sticks with cheese spread.
Serve crackers with cheese.
Serve cottage cheese.
Serve corn on the cob.
Serve cucumbers on cheese crackers.
 
COOKING WITH C
There are a number of recipes that use C foods for a your children to try.

Make cornbread
Cookies
Cakes (cupcakes)