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 Activities with the Letter B

b

Apr 02, 2020

 

Hi, everyone! Here are some fun low-tech activities for your family to try together at home. Perhaps you can include this list of activities in your morning routine, or in your afternoon routine following nap time. Please note that we are compiling family literacy ideas for each letter of the alphabet -meaning that you'll have 26 days worth of songs, yoga postures, tongue twisters and more to have fun with! Enjoy :)

 

Don’t Blink

Sit a few metres away from your partner.

Look at each other's eyes.

When you say “GO” keep staring until the first person blinks.

Start again.

(PS: When the libraries reopen, you could also borrow Don’t Blink by Tom Booth . This fun picture book in which the main character challenges several animals not to blink first!)

 

Belly Rub Head Pat

Rub your belly and pat your head.

Swap arms.

This usually turns into a head rub and pat belly combo.

 

Baa, baa, black sheep

Not familiar with the tune? Watch Raffi Raffi singing it live in a concert.

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir, three bags full.

One for the master, one for the dame,

and one for the little boy who lives down the lane

 

Banana Yoga

Stand tall with both feet together.

Take a big breath in and sigh it out LOUD..Repeat a few times.

Starting with your toes - squeeze and relax the muscles of your body.

Move up to your feet, ankles, calves, knees, legs, bottom, tummy, back, shoulders, shoulder blades, arms, wrists, fingers and hands.

Slowly squeezing and releasing. Bring your shoulders up to your ears, move your head - side to side, Move your face around. Keep your eyes closed.

Imagine a string attached to your head that is pulling you up - expanding your spine. This can also be done in a chair.

How do you feel now? This can be done laying down, standing up, in a chair - anywhere - just don’t close your eyes if you need them.

Reach your arms up tall - clasp your left wrist with your right hand.

Lean way over to the right and shape your body like a banana reaching way over.

You will feel a good stretch on the left side of your body. Switch sides. Switch your hand grip. This should feel really good.

Return to centre, with your feet together again.

Now, starting at the top of your body.

Squeeze your eyes closed, move the muscles of your face.

Wiggle your nose, your ears, and open your mouth wide and close it.

Make funny faces. Move your head side to side. Bring your shoulders up to your ears a few times

Squeeze and relax your muscles all the way down to your toes.

Fold forward and hang out like a rag doll.

Let your head relax towards the floor. Relax.

Take your time standing back up. Slowly rise - lifting up your head last. Smile.

 

BINGO

Sing along with YouTube.

There was a farmer who had a dog

And BINGO was his name-oh

B-I-N-G-O

B-I-N-G-O

B-I-N-G-O

And BINGO was his name-oh

 

Tongue Twister: Blue Bluebird

Can you say it five times fast?

The blue bluebird blinks.

 

Boom chicka boom

Sing along with YouTube:

I said a Boom Chicka Boom (repeat!)

I said a Boom Chicka Boom (repeat!)

I said a Boom Chicka Rocka Chicka Rocka Chicka Boom (repeat!)

Uh huh (repeat!)

Oh yeah (repeat!)

One more time in ______ style!

 

 

Blog post contributed by Kristina from our Alta Vista branch and Sherri from our Rosemount branch. 

Interested in the other blog posts in this series? Click here to see activities for the rest of the alphabet!