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"M" ACTIVITIES
 

ART

MASKS
Celebrate the letter M with masks.
Take paper plates and cut them in half.
Then cut out eye and nose half circles along the straight edge.
Have your children decorate their masks with marking pens, glue and material scraps, feather, etc.
These half masks can be attached to headbands, for easy wearing.
 
MOUSE MASK
Add two circle mouse ears to make a mouse mask.

DECORATING M'S
Using the large M pattern, cut out large M shapes for your children using heavy paper.
Set out some paint dobbers of different colors.
Have your children stamp circular marble shapes all over their M's.
 
STAMPING M SHAPES
Another way to decorate the M shapes, would be to set out some stamps of monkeys, moons, or mittens for your children to stamp onto their shapes.
 
MEATBALLS
Set out some brown play dough and have your children make meatballs or muffins.
MACARONI PICTURES
Set out some macaroni, some glue and some sheets of heavy paper.
Let your children make pictures by gluing the macaroni onto their papers.
Look for fun shaped macaroni noodles to use or check craft stores for colored macaroni noodles.
 
MARKERS
Don't forget markers when studying the letter M.
 
GAMES
 
COUNTING MONEY
Show your children how to count money.
Set out play money for your children to use for counting.
Depending on the age of your child, you may just want to use dollars to start.
 
MATCHING MARKERS & LIDS
Look for markers that have the same color of lid as the pen and the ink.
Take off the lids of the markers and set them in one pile and the pens in another.
Have your children take turns matching pens to lids.
 
MATCHING MATERIAL MITTENS
Look for 6 to 8 different kinds of material.
Cut two mitten shapes form each kind.
Then mix up the mittens.
Have your children take turns looking for mitten pairs.
Variation: For older children make each mitten of a pair out of a different version of that type of material. Example: Two cotton mittens, each with a different pattern, or two corduroy mittens in different colors.
 
MOVEMENT
 
MOVING LIKE M'S
Have your children try these fun M movements.
Move like machines, individually or in small groups.
Pretend to mop floors.
Move around like motor boats.
March like monsters.
Move like marionettes
 
LANGUAGE
 
THREE LITTLE MONKEYS
Have your children recite and act out the following rhyme.
 
  Three little monkeys jumping on the bed.
  One fell off and bumped his head.
  Mother called the doctor and the doctor said,
  "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

Continue with two and one monkeys.
You can sing this chant starting with whatever number of monkeys you wish.
Each time one monkey leaves the group of jumping monkeys, until there are
No monkeys left.
 
M PAIRS
Here are a list of items that go together.
See if your children can come up with the M pair.
Cookies and (milk)
Hot dogs and (mustand)
Cocoa and (marshmellows)
Jacks and (marbles)
Father and (mother)
 
M IS FOR MOO
Here is a fun rhyme to teach your children.
M is for milk - moo, moo, moo.
M is for mouse - shoo, shoo, shoo.
M is for mumps - boo, hoo, hoo.
M is for mystery - clue, clue, clue.
M is for motorcycle - new, new, new.
M is for meatball - chew, chew, chew.
 
WRITING ACTIVITES
 
WRITING WITH M
Have your children pretend to write in mud. Use brown finger paint on paper.
Have your children pretend to write with mustard. Put yellow paint into a mustard squirt bottle and let your children write their names in mustard.
 
DRAMATIC PLAY
 
M PROPS
Here are a few fun M props to let your children play with while studying the letter M.
Mailbag- with some junk mail.
Monkey tails
Mouse ears
Mittens
Mops
Masks
Money
Marionettes
 
SCIENCE
 
M SCIENCE SUBJECTS
Here are a few ideas for coordinating science explorations with the letter M.
Exploring the properties of magnets.
Exploring mirrors
Performing some science magic.
Discovering how mountains were made.
Exploring the properties of mud vs. dirt.
Planting merrigolds

SNACKS
 
SNACKS
Macaroni and cheese
Mustard and Mayonnaise dip
Milk shakes
Marshmellow men
Melon kebobs
Mush
Mushrooms