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Activities with the letter L


Activities with the Letter L

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 :)

I love my Library!

Here is an Acrostic Poem about the library. Can you create your own poem? What do you love about the LIBRARY? You can also use another word, like your name or the name of one of your favourite libraries.

L – Little kids

I – Internet

B – Books

R – Reading

A – Adult book clubs

R - Research

Y – Yelling is discouraged


Library Yoga

Book pose : similar to the butterfly pose. Sit on the floor with the soles of your feet together. If you need, you can put pillows under your knees. Imagine that your knees are the pages in the book. Open and close the pages of the book

Squatting librarian: Malasana - from standing up tall in mountain pose, come down to squat in Malasana and reach for a book down low

Reaching for a book librarian: extended mountain - from your Malasana squat, slowly stand up and reach up high for a book

Mountain pose : balance a book on your head as you stand up tall!

And when the libraries re-open, we recommend this fun story of miss Lotty, a Library Dragon :)


Mary had a little lamb

Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb,

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow.


And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went,

Everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.


He followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day,

It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school!


Here is, alternatively, a video for learning the (British) sign language for “Mary had a little lamb”.


Tongue Twister

Literally literary.


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!