Activities with the Letter J
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 :)
Jump up and down...
Jump side to side.
Jump on one foot and then the other...
Jump forward as far as you can.
Jump backwards as far as you can!
Plan for physical activity all through the day. Get ideas from this video
Alphabet Trivia : letter j
The dot above the lower case “j” is called a tittle.
Can you list the words in the English Language that end with the letter j?
Breath of joy
Here is a video of the breath of joy.
This yoga pose is great for when your energy is low and you need a pick-me up.
Breath of Joy is a three-part breath in, and one breath out.
Stand with your feet hip width apart, with your knees bent.
Arm moves up in three movement as you breathe in three breaths (in, in, in)
Then exhale in one strong breath out & arms swing down while saying : “HA”.
Slowly make your way to stand, after you have repeated several times.
Jungle Animal Yoga
Frogs - squat with your feet wide apart
Snakes – on your belly, keep your legs long and toes touching, lift up your chest and shoulders, stick out your tongue and “ssssssssss” like a snake
Gorillas - stand tall, bend over at the waist, feet hip width distance apart, bend your knees, let your head hang heavy, lift your toes and slide your hands all the way under your feet. Breathe for 5 breaths, focus on each inhale and each exhale. Release your hands and come up one vertebrae at a time, chin and head come up last.
Butterflies - sit on your bottom. Bring the soles of your feet together. Your legs will form a diamond shape. It is okay if your knees don’t touch the floor. Pretend your legs are butterfly wings. Fly like a butterfly!
Parrots – from standing, lean all the way forward from the waist and point your parrot wings down and lift your parrot wings up and down – flying.
Jungle Spiders - squat with your legs wide. grab your ankles and move side to side, pretend you are a web designer.
Jack and Jill
This is a fun action rhyme to do with your child (baby or toddler). If your child's old enough, they can do the actions themselves :
Jack and Jill went up the hill (make 2 fingers crawl up your child's arm)
To fetch a pail of water (tickle your child's nose)
Jack fell down (make 1 finger slide down your child's arm)
and Jill fell down (make 1 other finger slide down your child's arm)
Then up got Jack and up got Jill (make the 2 fingers stand up)
Here is, alternatively, a video for learning the sign language for “Jack and Jill”. Have fun!
Are you sleeping, brother John?
Sing along with this version
Are you sleeping, are you sleeping,
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing,
Ding dong ding, ding dong ding!
“A gentle judge judges justly.”
Blog post contributed by Kristina from the Alta Vista Branch and Sherri from the Rosemount Branch.
Interested in the other blog posts in this series? Click here to see activities for the rest of the alphabet!