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Activities with the letter U

Sep 01, 2020

Activities with the Letter U 

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 :)  


Ujjayi Pranayama - or Ocean Breath 

This is a controlled breathing that sounds like the ocean. 

Try to make the sound of the ocean, first with your mouth open, then closed.   

Keep the breath and sound even going both ways—on the inhale and exhale.   

Put your hands over your ears to hear your breath better. 

That will give you the sound.   

Now add this step: 

Notice your chest on the inhale and your belly on the exhale.   

That will give you the feeling.   


Here is a website for additional information about Ujjayi. 


Umbrella game 

1- Instead of saying red light/green light, use a real umbrella to get the children to stop and go. Umbrella up means go, umbrella down means stop. 

2- Open an umbrella and put it down on the floor, upside down. Throw pompons or bean bags in it- sort of like basketball! There can be different points depending on the colors of the pompons. 


Sea urchin song 

Sing along to this version 


Uncle John 

This is a fun lap bouncing rhyme to do with your baby or toddler. 


Mother, and Father, and Uncle John (bouncing) 

Went to town, one by one (bouncing) 

Mother fell off (lean to the left) 

And Father fell off (lean to the right) 

And Uncle John went on and on and on! (galloping) 


Unicorn Yoga 

Close your eyes and take cleansing breaths, slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth. Think about being a unicorn, feel the power and the fantasy.  

Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and bring your hooves up to the sky.  

Raise your horn high and drop down to the ground in a forward fold. Shake your tail a little bit to get nice and loose.  

While still bending over, criss-cross your arms and grab your elbows. Slowly swing side to side.  You’ll feel a little stretch at the back of your knees 

Take a big inhale in, real magical, think of green pastures.  

Inhale. Raise your front hooves to the sky. Exhale. 

Continue with this video for a 4-minute unicorn yoga experience. 


“Simon says”: Under / Over; Up / Down 

This is a game of opposites. 

Play this like “Simon says”, but instead do the opposite. 

Here are a few examples :  

-if Simon says : “Whisper your mother's name”, shout your mother's name 

-if Simon says : “Stand up”, lie down 

Can you find actions to do in this game, starting with the letter U? How about : 

-if Simon says : “Go under the fence”, go over the fence 

-if Simon says : “Look up to the sky”, look down to the grass 

Have fun! 


Tongue Twister 

“Unique Unicorn. 

“A skunk sat on a stump. 

“You know New York.  You need New York. You know you need unique New York.” 


Blog post contributed by Sarah from the Main Branch, 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!