Today’s August Alphabet Challenge letter is ‘Q’! I was honestly a little surprised at all the things you can do with the letter ‘Q’. Of course, my mind immediately went to “aaaah, quiet time!” But as much as I’m sure you’d all appreciate some quiet time and 5 minutes to yourself, I found some better activities for you and your kids to enjoy together!
(I do hope you get a little quiet time to yourself today though!)
- Pretend like you are ducks. I am the mommy duck and the boys are my ducklings. They follow behind me and we waddle and quack like ducks. It’s a different spin on follow the leader!
- Explore the world of opposites using the concepts of “quick vs. slow” and “quiet vs. loud”. Roll 2 balls of different sizes down a hill or trucks of different sizes down a ramp. Talk about which one rolled down quicker and which one was slower. Do something similar for “quiet vs. loud”. Drop a large/heavy book and a smaller/lighter book on a hardwood floor. Which one was the loudest? Which was quieter?
- Quiz your child (in a fun way, of course). My middle child keeps asking me what letter things start with. So quiz your kids on the letters they’ve been learning. “What letter does ice cream start with? Airplane starts with what letter?” And make a big deal when they get it right! Be their cheerleader in learning!
- Find the Queen’s jewels. Hide fake jewels and gems in your sensory table (or sandbox) and let your kids find them.
Books: “Quiet on Account of Dinosaur” by Jane Thayer; “Quiet Night” by Marilyn Singer; or once again review the alphabet with any ABC book you have (the more you review, the more they’ll remember!)
Coloring Page: Letter Q coloring page
- Draw a capital letter Q on construction paper. Using squares of construction or scrapbooking paper, make a quilt on the Q.
- Make a crown out of construction paper. Use markers, glitter, and stick-on gems to decorate. (If you have boys, they can make you a crown and you can be Queen for the Day!)
Food: Quinoa, quiche, quick oats (make apple crisp or no bake cookies using quick oats… or just serve a yummy flavored bowl of oatmeal)
Rhyme: Queen of Hearts
- ‘Q’ sound: Quiet, quiver, quill, quail, quack, quest, quick, quite, quit, quarter, quarterback, quench, quaintly, quote, quart, quiz, queen, quilt
Also, see my Pinterest board on “Letter Activities” for more ideas!
Remember… every time you leave a comment about more creative ways to have letter fun or when you share your family’s activities, you will be entered into the August Back-to-School Contest (ABC)! Tuesday, September 3rd, I will draw out one lucky reader to receive a Back-to-School Basket for you and your child to enjoy!
The Queen of Hearts she made some tarts all on a summer’s day;
The Knave of Hearts he stole the tarts and took them clean away.
The King of Hearts called for the tarts and beat the Knave full sore
The Knave of Hearts brought back the tarts and
vowed he’d steal no more.