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Friday, October 29, 2010

the Letter "Q" Preschool Lesson Plans

Quacker Oats
Quacker Oatmeal Cookies
quick bread
queso (cheese)

Quartermaster Corps, The 

So, if you have any more, please let me know.  Usually I have a ton more words than this!!!

Ducks say "Quack", so check out the preschool Duck lesson plans.

Letter "Q" Activities

The Letter "Q" Stamps
Let the children use the Letter "Q" stamps or sponges with paint to create an art project. You can also do this activity with question mark stamps/sponges.

image submitted by Julia
The Letter "Q" Collage
Have the children cut out the letter "Q" from magazines and glue them onto a piece of "Q" shaped paper.  You can also have the children cut out questions marks.

Decorate a Letter
Cut out the letter "Q" from construction paper. Have the children decorate the letter "Q" with glitter, paint, markers or other art materials.  The children can also decorate a questions mark.  

Glue Letters
Place glue on a piece of paper in the shape of the letter "Q". Have the children place glitter, colored rice or koolaid on the glue.  Alt.  use a question mark shape.

Contact Paper Art
You will need a reverse image of a letter "Q". Place the image on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the image. Supply the children with scraps of construction paper or tissue paper. (Pieces of a plastic lei were used for the photo of this project) Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper.  You can also use a question mark shape.

Letter Art
Place masking tape on a piece of finger painting paper to create the letter "Q". Allow the child to paint the picture. After the paint had dried remove the tape.  You can also use a question mark shape. 

Cotton Letters
Place glue on a piece of paper in shape of the letter "Q". Have the children place cotton balls on the paper.  Alt.  use a question mark.

Letter Rubbings 
Cut the letter "Q" from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these letters to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the letters and rub a crayon over the letter. 
Alt.  use question mark shapes.

Letter Shaped Potato Prints 
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a "Q" letter or question mark shaped cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a letter shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly. 

Letter Match
Write upper case letter "Q" on one set of index cards in different colors and lower case on another. Have the children find the matches.

Bean Bag Toss 
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. Cut the letter P out of the cardboard. Paint the cardboard. When dry let the children throw bean bags through the holes. 

Letter Hop 
Cut out large "Q" shapes or question mark shapes from colored paper (shelf liner works REALLY well). Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one letter to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time. 

Letter Bingo
Click here to see an image of this project
Create your own bingo cards and call letters for a bingo game. Your flash cards can be the same case or a different case than the bingo cards. You can also use images that begin with the letter "Q".

The Letter "Q" Pretzels
Make your own pretzels and shape them like letters of the alphabet. 

The Letter "Q" rolls
Shape roll or biscuits into letter shapes before baking.

The Letter "Q" Cookies
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to maek the dough. Use letter shaped cookie cutter, bake. When cool decorate as desired.

Musical Chairs
If they children made crowns, have them wear them during this activity. Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Place different color Q shapes, or images of items that begin with the letter "Q" on each chair. Have the children walk around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask who is sitting on a chair with a red "Q"? Blue? Etc.

Royal Red Rover
Draw different color "Q"'s on index cards or glue on images of items that begin with the letter "Q". Affix yarn to the cards to create necklaces. Each child gets one card to wear. The game: "red rover red rover, send your blue "Q"'s on over" and the children wearing blue "Q"s run to the other side. 

Art Ideas
Mix a little bit of Quacker Oatmeal into paint
Decorate Q shaped paper
Decorate question mark shaped paper
Use Q or question mark stickers
Have the children make something that represents quick or quiet
Use Q-Tips to paint with
glue Q-tips to a piece of paper
Make quarter prints by pressing a quarter onto an inkpad then onto paper
Paint with a quill (or a feather)

Queen Activities

Queen's Crown Matching
cut out several different colored crown shapes and decorate them in pairs so there are two that are identical. Have the children match up the identical crowns. 

Save the Queen
Create a circular moat by taping blue paper to the floor. Have the chilren try to hop over the moat to save the queen in the center (a stuffed animal).  Then jump back out.

Create a Queen's Crown (King for boys)
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Cut the construction paper to form the design of a crown. The children can decorate the crown with crayons, markers, paint, glitter or even jewels (bling). Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. 

What time is it Queen/King? (or Mr. Quack, Ms. Quarter, Mr. Q, Ms. Question)
This is a fun game to play outside. You can change the name to suit any theme. The children all line up against a wall or fence. And one child, Queen/King or the teacher faces away from the children, a good distance away from the children. The children yell, what time is it "Queen/King", Queen/King answers 1 o'clock, and the children all take one step toward Queen/King. The children yell again, what time is it "Queen/King", Queen/King answers (fill in the blank) o'clock, and the children all take same number of step toward Queen/King. This continues until all the children are very close to Queen/King, then Queen/King will answer it's midnight, and chases the children back to the fence or wall that they started at. The first person Queen/King touches will be the new Queen/King. 

Dramatic Play
Provide the children with pretend crowns, capes, wands and other items to go along with the castle theme. Children can pretend to be Kings and Queens

Build a castle in the block area

Queen/King Dance
Have the children wear their crowns and dance.

Queen/King Wands
Each child will need a unsharpened pencil or dowel and a few pieces of streamers and tape. Have the child tape the streamers onto the pencil, they may also add star stickers on the pencil for decoration.
Children can wave the wands around to music.

Other Games
Simon says becomes "Queen/King" says
Mother May I can be "Queen/King may I?"
Duck duck goose can become "Queen, Queen, Jester"

Royal Play Dough
The children can add glitter into the play dough for a special treat.

Queens and Kings
by Amber Leigh
Sung to "Teddy Bear"
Queens and Kings
Turn around.
Queens and Kings
Touch the ground.
Queens and Kings
Shine your shoes. 

Queens and Kings, skidoo

Queens and Kings
Go upstairs.
Queens and Kings
Say your prayers.
Queens and Kings
Turn out the light.
Queens and Kings
Say good night.

Other Q Activities

Quiet Activities
Have the children be loud, then quiet.  You can also turn on the lights for loud, and off for quiet.
Have the children walk across the room quietly, then loudly.

Have the children walk across the room slowly, then quickly.
Have the children sing a song slowly, then quickly.

Quick Jump up and Down
Sing Jump Up and Down quickly, then quietly
Jump Up And Down.mp3
Jump Song
Everyone, Everyone, Jump up and Down
Jump up and down, Jump up and Down
Everyone, Everyone, Jump up and Down
Now Sit Back down

Play Duck, Duck Goose
But instead of saying duck, say "Quack" and instead of goose say "honk".

Have the children create quilts from paper.  They can each do one pictures and then put them together to form a quilt on the bulletin board.  Or children can make their own quilt from smaller pieces of paper.  

Quarter Rub
Place several quarters under a sheet of paper and have the children rub a crayon over the paper to create a quarter shape on the paper.  

Math Center
Place the numbers one thorugh six on six small post it papers. Place these papers in the bottom of each muffin tin hole. Have the children place one object in the one space and two in the two and so on. Ideas for objects: Quarters, Q-tips

Estimation Jars
You will need 4 clear jar that are the same size. Fill one jar about 1/4 of the way with objects. Count the objects as you fill the jar and end on a round number, like 10 or 50. Write the number of objects on a post it, place the post it on the jar. Fill the second jar about 1/2 way with objects, again counting and recording and posting on the jar. The third jar should be filled about 3/4 of the way with objects and again record the number and post it on the jar. The last jar you can fill however you like, place a post it on the jar with a question mark. Allow the children to observe the four jars together and guess how many objects are in the fourth jar. Record the children's guesses. After everyone has guessed, count the objects together. Show the children how the number of objects in the first three jars is related to the fourth jar.  Ideas for objects: quarters, Q-tips

Talk about questions.  What is a question?  Have the children practice asking questions.

Sesame Street Videos:

Q-queen Quagmire

Sesame StreetQ: Herry and John John
Big Bird Quickie Q-quack

Quacking With Q

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