> Letter A >
(short A Sound)
Ant, Anteater & Aquarium theme
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Note: This activity counts as eight separate activities due to the steps
involved. The activity is done over a number of days depending on the children's
The purpose is to acquaint children with letter A beginning short sound through
various fun learning experiences involving many of their senses.
They will also practice other skills in the process. The
large poster is important to create impact.
Review all the materials and activity suggestions. Here are links to other letter A resources and
materials on the web site:
Instead of the large poster do a mini-version of this activity for large
* Letter A
Activity Worksheet Program and Mini-Book (a mini-version of this
Additional resources: Letter A: activities
and printable materials.
Version for 2 & 3 year olds: (limit the entire activity to three
or four days)
Option #1: Adult draws an upper case and lower case letter on the large piece of
paper (ahead of time).
Option #2: Print
a letter A coloring page in standard
block or D'Nealian
using the poster command in your printer
(select File > Print > Properties > Features tab >
select Poster printing > 2'x2' poster) -- the template will print in
four pages and you tape together - trim around the frame.
Version for older 3 to 6 year olds: (5 to eight days)
*Step 1: Adult draws large dots to form the letters (include arrows to
Child will connect the dots with paint. Proceed with the steps
*This activity is better
accomplished when the poster is placed on a wall, poster board or easel.
*Encourage child to paint the letter.
*Explain the proper direction of “writing” the letter.
Join child in the painting process.
*While the paint dries, discuss
the letter pictures (their meaning, examples), ask child to find the hidden
A's in the images, emphasize on the
Do a short activity (5 to 15 minutes only) for each picture every other
day before you glue a picture to the Impact Letter
Note: Always write the letter and word on the different crafts or
coloring page activities. Older children may be able to practice connecting
the letter with dots.
Letter A learning activities and craft ideas:
Here are some learning and crafts activities for each image suggested activities:
Day 1: Apple
Day 2: Alligator
Day 3: Aquarium
1. Anchor with paper chain: Color and decorate this anchor
coloring page and cut out. Write letter A's inside the
image. Cut 5 to ten strips of colorful paper (or seven to learn the
seven days of the week) about one inch wide
horizontally on construction paper which is usually 9 inches wide or
recycle left over wrapping paper to make the paper chain. Glue or tape the chain to the
story: Visit this tender story of two rabbits that make a paper
chain with their grandparents to help them wait for their parents until
they come back from a trip.
Day 5: Community Helper and Careers > Astronaut
Day 6: Ant theme
Day 7: Anteater activities
Day 8: Ambulance
Topics > Safety and land transportation
After each day's activity
glue the appropriate flash card picture to the Impact Poster until all eight letter cards
(limit the activities to 4 days for children age 4 and
*Display the poster at the child’s eye level in a place he will see
regularly (kitchen wall, child’s room, family room) at least for the
eight day period.
*Suggestion: Remember to make pictures of the children during the
different activities to put together a Letter A Impact Week Scrapbook or
Bulletin Board with the completed crafts and impact poster.
*Large piece of paper
(tape 4 pieces of paper to make a poster size piece or standard easel pad
*Materials to color and paint
*Paint brush or sponge.
Materials to print:
* Print and cut out these letter pictures for the poster:
Letter A Impact
Flash Cards (color)
Letter A Impact Flash Cards (black & white)
search & handwriting
* Use a hair dryer to speed the drying process of paints.
* Cut a sponge in the shape of the letter and sponge paint the letter in
the poster on a different day.
*Older children may be able to
draw their own pictures rather than pasting the pictures.
*Glue or paint other items with the short A sound: apple prints,