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Fun Things to Do With the Letter Ll

Activities & Crafts
Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes

Activities & Crafts:

L is for Library
Take the class on a visit to the local library. Ask them to find an "L" book.

L is for limbo
Play some limbo music and have the children dance under a limbo stick as an exercise activity.

L is for Love
Start a discussion of what is love? Love is sharing, what can you share?  Love is inviting someone to play, who could you invite? Love is helping your family, how could you help your family? Cut out large red hearts from construction paper.  Ask the children to draw a picture of what they think love is.

Red and yellow fingerpaints
yellow cotton balls
wiggle eyes
black marker
pink and brown construction paper
brown chenille pipe cleaners

Let children fingerpaint the paper plate with red and yellow paints. Allow to dry.  Discuss the color change and what color lions are. Show them pictures of real lions. Discuss facial features. Have the children stretch out the cotton balls and glue them around the edge of the paper plate to make the mane. Glue on the eyes or draw their own eyes, then glue the pink construction oval shaped noses, brown construction ears in the shape of squares with top corners rounded, and 3 chenilles on each side of the lions nose. The children can draw a great big smile on their lion. Hang from the ceiling when dry.

Make a leopard bracelet.  Cut a 1" wide strip of cardboard, long enough to fit around a child's wrist loosely, leaving about an inch for taping together.  The kids can color & add spots with markers.   Help them tape it around their wrists.

Sit in a row and count everyone's legs.  Who can hop on one leg?  Who can hop on two legs? 

Stop, look and listen before  you cross the street; play different sounds and see if the kids can tell what it is!

Paste cotton balls onto a lamb cardboard cutout.

Make ladybugs with fingerprints.  Dip finger into red paint.  Press finger lightly to the paper, make lots of ladybugs.  When dry add black dots and legs to the ladybugs. 
More lady bug ideas in: Bugs &  Butterflies Theme

Discuss what to do if you are lost or separated from an adult or parent.

Lemons & Limes
Give the kids a taste test!  Is it sour or sweet?  Make lemonade or lime ade.

Turn the lights down low and let the kids play with a flashlight.

Have some for snack;  or string them to make necklaces.

Help the kids mail each other a letter. Post them in a class letterbox and appoint a letter carrier to hand them out.

Pack a lunch and go on a picnic.  Discuss the types of foods you would pack in a lunch.

Leaf Collage 
Go out and pick up leaves of different shapes, sizes, and colors (if it's fall).  Ask the children to choose a piece of construction paper and allow them to glue on the leaves.

"L" Guessing Game
Each day of the theme, give one child a shoebox and ask them to put an object in it that starts with L.  Then during group time, give the children clues and ask them to guess what the object is.

Draw simple everyday items on cereal boxes or other cardboard.  Then use a hole puncher around the edges for lacing.  Shoe strings work great.  To keep from losing them tie one end securely to one hole.  The children can lace with the other end.

Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes:

One Little, Two Little...(sent to us by email - Thanks, Jennifer)

One little, two little, three little lions,
Four little, five little, six little lions, 
Seven little, eight little, nine little lions,
Ten little lions say, "Roar, Roar, Roar!"

Leaves (sent to us by email - Thanks, Jennifer)

Leaves are in the trees,
     (arms over head like a tree)
Red and green and brown.
Wind is blowing tree tops
    (move arms back and forth)
Leaves start falling down,
    (hands start going down)
Down, down, down.
    (hands get lower and lower until they reach the ground.)


Lemon Lollipops

2 cups sugar
2 tsp. yellow food coloring
1 cup light corn syrup
2 Tbls. lemon extract
1/2 cup water

Mix sugar, corn syrup, and water in pan.  Cook to 300 degrees or until mixture spins a thread. Take off heat, add color and flavoring. Pour on aluminum foil at the tips of popsicle sticks. Cool and eat! 

* You may want to spray a little non-stick oil on the foil first to keep them from sticking.

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