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"W" Activities

W ART
WATERMELON SLICES
Have your children paint inexpensive white paper plates green.
When the plates are dry, have them glue a red paper circle in the middle of their plates.
Finally, let them use a black marking pen to make black (seeds) dots on the red paper.
 

W ART MATERIALS:

waxed paper
“Wicky Sticks”
wallpaper
weaving
wood
water
water colors
wire

DECORATING LARGE W SHAPES
You will need to print out a large W shape and use it to make W shapes for your children using heavy paper. Have them decorate their shapes with one of the following.
water colors wall paper scraps
wrap with wire glue on wood chips or wooden toothpicks
 
WHITE WONDERLAND
Set out white sheets of paper.
Children tear the sheets into small pieces.
Set out colored paper and glue.
Children glue the white shapes on a piece of colored paper creating a winter picture.
 
WAX PICTURES

Set out large paper circles cut from waxed paper and grated crayon bits.
Children take a circle and set it waxed side up.
Children sprinkle bits of crayon all over the circle.
Then, children place another circle on top, waxed side down.
Set out a towel on a table and help children place their circles on top.
Then using an iron (set on low or medium), iron across each child’s circle, melting the crayon bits and fusing the two circles together.
Tape the children’s circles on windows to catch the light.
W GAMES


W CONCENTRATION
Make six sets of W picture cards, such as; whales, wheels, worms, wagons, watermelons and watches.
Place the cards down on a table and mix the cards up.
Game Directions
Two players are best for this game.
One child starts by turning over two cards.
If the cards match, the child picks up and keeps the two cards, then takes another turn.
If the cards do not match, the child returns them to their previous location and tries to remember their placement.
The child with the most sets of cards at the end of the game is the winner.
 
WAGON GAME
Set some W objects around the room.
Children take turns pulling the wagon around and placing a W object into the wagon.
Child brings the wagon back to the group and shows his/her W object.
Continue with other children until everyone has had a turn and has found something.
All white objects count.

WAITER, WAITER
Children take turns ordering W foods.
Have each child begin with the phrase
“Waiter, Waiter I would like
waffles for my dinner tonight.”
Have each child choose a different W food to order.
Make a list of W foods first, with pictures, if your children have trouble with this game.
Suggested W foods
Waffles Wafers
Watermelon Walnuts
Whipping cream Wedding cake
Wraps Watercress
 
WATER GAMES
Don’t forget water games when you are studying the letter W.
You can find suggestions for water games in on the article “Outdoor Water Games.

W MOVMENT GAMES
Have two or more children make a W shape using their bodies.
Have wagon races.
Have a walking race.
Wiggle like worms
Pretend to be the wind or moving water.
Pretend to be window washers.

MAGIC WANDS
Don’t forget to make wands when studying the letter W.
They can be simple fat straws.
Or you can attach star shapes to the top of the straws.
Or print out a medium W shape and make cardboard W’s to attach to the top of a straw.
W LANGUAGE

W DRAMATICS
Now is the time to stock your creative dramatics area with items for:

Underwater Fun
Wild West Adventures
Weddings
Magic Wands
Making a Wishing Well
 
W STORIES
Have your children help you make up stories about such characters as:
Wilma the Worm
Walter the Whale or Walrus
William the Waiter
Wesley the Window Washer
Wild West Willie
Have your children read books with W in the titles.
Where the Wild Things Are.
Willie Wonka And the Chocolate Factory
 
WILLIE WONKA POEM
Wee Willie Wonka walked through the town
Pulling his wagon up and down.
He sold whistles, watches and sheels
Wallets and washcloths and little windmills.
 
THREE WISHES
Let your children take turns telling their three best wishes.
WAY OUT WEST
Tune: “BINGO”

There’s a weather
That I like
And Windy
Is it’s name-oh

W I N D Y
W I N D Y
W I N D Y
And Windy
Is it’s name-oh
Adaptation
  WRITING W
WRITING W’s
Use blue markers to make continuous W waves.
Bend waxed “Wicky Sticks” into W’s.
Bend wire into W’s.
Brush water W’s on the sidewalk.

W SNACKS

W SNACKS:
Waffles Wagon Wheel Pasta
Watermelon Wraps
Wafers Walnuts
Wedding cake Whipped Cream

W SCIENCE

W ANIMALS
Set out books about W animals such as:
whales walrus worms
woodpeckers wrens wolves
 
WATER SCIENCE
Explore how water helps us, such as; to drink, to cool off, to wash, as a home for fish.
Make some water instruments.
Experiment with a Water Wheel.
Measure water with measuring cups.
 
WIND SCIENCE
Explore ways wind can help us, such as; creating electricity, moving sails on boats, grinding food, keeping us cool.
 
WEIGHING OBJECTS
Let your children experiment with weighing various objects.
 
WEATHER
Plan a weather unit.
Record the weather each day.
Sing songs about the different types of weather, especially the wind.
 
WHISTLES
Bring in individual whistles for each of your children to blow.
Or teach your children how to whistle with their mouth.