May 19, 2020
Activities with the Letter P
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!
This is an ancient form of storytelling. All you need to get started is your hand, a wall and a light. As you move your hand in front of the light, you can make shapes that move. Here is a video that shows you how to make shadows in the shape of a crab, an elephant, a dog, a swan and more!
Who needs an excuse NOT to get dressed? Plan for a day where you stay in your pyjamas all day! Go ahead...eat breakfast for dinner!
Talk like a pirate
Did you know that you can learn how to speak “Pirate Language” on our online resource Mango?
I understand – Aye Aye
Hello – Ahoy
Friends – Hearties
Play a joke on someone – Run a jig
Pay attention – Avast Ye
Steer the ship – Stand tall or sit tall in a chair, bring your arms straight out in from of you, and pretend to steer the ship.
Standing Plank Pose – Plank is an arm balancing pose that is usually done on the floor. You can do this pose standing up and pressing your hands against the wall, straightening your arms to make a straight line with your body.
Boat – sit on the floor, slowly straighten our your legs and, if you can, point your toes to the ceiling. You can help your balance by keeping your hands on the floor or make this more difficult by raising your arms parallel to the floor. Imagine that you are a boat in the ocean : is the water calm or rough?
Parrot - From standing, lean over and point your parrot wings down, and then flap your wings up and down. Make a parrot noise : “caw caw”.
This is a song by Kathy Reid-Naiman that makes you count from five to zero and that talks about different flavours of pies – yum! You can personalize the song or add more numbers if you want.
I went down to the County Fair,
I had 5 pennies and I spent one there.
I bought an apple pie and I took it home;
I put it on the shelf and I sang this song :
“Pie pie pie pie, I can't get enough of that apple pie... Pie pie pie pie, I can't get enough of that pie!”
4 pennies – raspberry pie
3 pennies – blueberry pie
2 pennies – cherry pie
1 penny – lemon meringue pie
“Pie pie pie pie, I can't get enough of that (choose your own flavour) pie... Pie pie pie pie, I can't get enough of that pie!”
“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?”
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!