Saturday, September 17, 2011

Letter Dd - What's on the Tray?

Super Tot is 32 months old.

Here are some activities I have planned for this week, as we work on the letter Dd.

Do-A-Dot Color Match
Place one dot in each circle/box below the colored circle of the same color.
Printable available below the photograph.
~color matching, one to one correspondence, fine & gross motor~

Count the Dogs
Count the number of dogs in each row.  Place the correct number disk in the empty box in front of each row.
I made the number disks by placing round number sticker on the front and back of  transparent plastic counters.  You could also have your child write the correct number in the box or place a number sticker in the box.  The printable for this activity is available below the photograph.
~counting, number recognition, fine motor if writing or using stickers~

Counting with Little Quack
As we read Little Quack, place one duckling from the cup onto the blue pond mat with the mommy duck as each new duckling in the story leaves the nest and braves the water.
Little Quack is one of Super Tot's favorite books.  I thought it would be fun to have an easy read-along activity to do to go along with Dd week.  The duck printables are available here.
~counting, creative play~

David & Goliath "Big & Little" Sorting
After reading the story of David & Goliath, place the little items in the "David" bowl and the big items in the "Goliath" bowl.  
I printed off large & small versions of 10 different pictures (all starting with the letter D) for this activity.  I thought it would be a fun way of reenforcing the difference in size of David & Goliath.
~Bible lesson, sorting by size~

Feed the Dogs
Place the bones into the correct dog's mouth based on the case of the letter Dd on the bone.
I made the dogs by covering empty food boxes with construction paper and cutting the mouths out with a craft knife.
~letter recognition & sorting~

Sorting Dinosaurs
Sort dinosaurs by type.
The dinosaurs were in a bag of Halloween treats in the seasonal section of Target.  There are 5/ea of 6 different dinosaurs.

Alphabet Puzzles
Complete the Alphabet Puzzles for the letters we have covered so far this year (Aa-Dd). 
The puzzles are available here from Confessions of a Homeschooler
~letter recognition, problem solving~

Shape Puzzle
Complete puzzle by matching shapes.
~shape recognition, matching, problem solving, fine motor~

I SPY the Letter "Dd"
Circle all Uppercase and Lowercase Dd's.
This continues to be one of Super Tot's favorite activities each week.
~letter recognition, fine motor, pre-writing~
Super Tot will also be doing the following 2 letter crafts from our Letter Book, which you can read about here.

"D" is for Dog and "d" is for dinosaur.

Letter Dd Bible Verses for the week:
"Delight yourself in the Lord." ~Psalm 37:4
"Depart from evil, and do good. ~Psalm 34:14

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  1. I love your blog and am enjoying seeing all the activities your little one does! My daughter is a few months older, and the activities are great for her as well. I just wondered (since I just started reading your blog) where you found the trays you use for the activities and also how you store them for your tot? This is something that I have been trying to find a better system for. Thanks! :)

  2. another fabulous week of trays! I LOVE the dogs for D and d review! What a fun idea!!!! I am sharing on FB & Twitter! Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase!


  3. Such nice activity ideas! Thank u for sharing. I like educational activieties.

  4. laurensmommy - You can find the trays in the unfinished wood section of most craft stores. They range in price from store to store, from around $2-$7. I have 3 different sizes, and I love them all - worth every penny! I have a small bookshelf that I have the trays on each week. I keep them out all week so Super Tot can get to them whenever he wants to work on something. He has quickly learned to only get one out at a time and to put it back before getting another one. He also figures out easily which ones he needs help with and waits for our one-on-one time to do those (or he just plays with them as he sees fit until I am available). As far as storing my supplies when not in use, I have several plastic bins, a small set of drawers and a closet. I use LOTS of plastic shoe boxes and zip-style baggies. I'll see about doing a post about storage and display soon!

  5. Your little Quack read along activity is great! We've been using rubber ducks to do the same thing, but I like the paper version you created. I think we'll do one ourselves - my girl is obsessed with the Little Quack series!

  6. I love the Montessori alphabet activities you & Super Tot do! I've been bookmarking these and plan to borrow some of your ideas when it's Grace's turn for Tot School. I'm still trying to learn how to do a Montessori approach with Jonathan. I'd also love to see a storage post!

  7. Such lovely works! Thank you for sharing them. Fun to go by letter. My son did not need that approach, but I am beginning to think my daughter does, so I might be back to borrow ideas. You have plenty of great ones!

  8. These look like great activities. I love the feed the dog activity, so cute.

  9. You always have such appealing activity trays, and I love the way you put together printables and manipulatives to create many of them. Thanks so much for sharing your printables - and thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday! I just added your post to the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and your printables page to

  10. What a great week.

    I always love to look at your trays even though they would be a bit hard for my tot just yet. I have downloaded the do-a-dot colour matching though to try- he is great at colour sorting and matching but not sure he has the fine motor skills yet to do the dot markers in that way but we will try. He loves his dot markers either way.

    Feeding the dogs for D & d review- brilliant!

  11. I'm loving the David and Goliath size sorting!! Well, really I love it all, but that's my favorite!

  12. I just stumbled across your site through pinterest (looking for D activities) and I absolutely LOVE how organized and neat everything looks and it's just so encouraging to keep doing our tot school in our own home. Thank you!! I'm loving all your ideas!


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