The letter of the week is Tt. This particular week, we were busy learning, doing a lot of crafts, and mostly spent our time outside. Michaela and Madison did not complain at all. We learned about trees, tutus, triangles, and trains.
T is for TREE
Let them explore
I wanted to introduce them to the letter T by learning about TREES! The best way to learn is to allow them to explore on their own. We went to a playground where everything looked like they’re made out of trees. I know, they’re not real trees, but Michaela and Madison could still explore and learn from it. It’s also a win-win because, well, it’s a PLAYGROUND!
Before playing on the playground, we went exploring and a short hike. We looked at all the different trees around. I asked the twins’s if they noticed anything about all these trees around. I was really surprised of their answers and the things they observed. Michaela and Madison noticed that trees comes in different shapes and sizes. Trees have different kinds of leaves on them and the leaves also feels different from other leaves. Some trees have fruits, some trees have nuts, but all trees have birds nests. Haaa haa. The girls even knew parts of the trees and could name them in Vietnamese. I am really proud of these girls. They are so cute and smart!
They learned about tree rings and how to tell the age of a tree. Boy! Michaela and Madison were very fascinated about the tree rings. For each tree we passed by, they would try to guess the age of the tree. It’s really interesting to see perspective and age from a soon-to-be 3 year old.
Anatomy of a Tree
I then taught Michaela and Madison more about the anatomy of a tree, both in English and Vietnamese. I wrote the word on card stock and place double-sided tape on the back. I would read the card to them and have them place the card to the part of the tree. Michaela and Madison did great! They knew every part of the tree. The girls really enjoyed this. They took the cards down and placed it back on the tree several times. They even took turns asking each other.
Michaela and Madison also learned about what trees need to grow. They also learned about why trees are so important. Trees provide oxygen, shelter, food, and many other things. Michaela even said, “wow. Trees are so interesting.”
Finger painting activity
This is a very easy and fun (can be messy) activity for the little ones. I cut out some brown construction paper and glued it to the bottom of the blue construction paper. Then I cut out green construction paper the same size as the brown. Glue or use double-sided tape. Tape the top part of the green paper onto the brown, making a flap. I wanted Michaela and Madison to understand “layers.” The tree is on top of the ground. The green flap is the grass. Under the grass is soil, and within the soil, there are roots.
I covered the twins’s table with a trash bag. Gave them brown and green washable pain, and let them paint away. I told them to do their best and paint a tree with their fingers. Let them be creative. Madison wanted to paint a big tree and Michaela wanted a skinny tree. I told them it’s their tree and they can paint it however they want… Just no paint on the walls. They also decided to draw some bushes because bushes are baby trees. The girls thought it was really neat that they’re able to “hide” the roots.
T is for Triangles – paper craft
This is a great craft for learning shapes, “T is for triangles”. I drew zig zag lines (triangles) on strips of construction papers. I gave them a pair of scissors and glue. Allowing the little ones to use scissors and cut helps strengthen and develop the little muscles in their hands. Cutting along the lines also helps them learn to focus and strengthen bilateral coordination.
After they finish cutting their “triangles”, they can glue their shapes onto the letter T. As you can see, Michaela is my little rule follower, while Madison is my free-spirited one. Madison said she wanted her triangles to rain from the T.
T is for tutu – hand print art
For every letter of the week, I wanted the girls to do a paper craft activity and hand art. I hope to have all the letters of the alphabet made into a book for them. Since the twins love wearing their tutus, I thought it would be great to do hand print art of a tutu.
T is for Train
learning shapes and colors
This week, Thomas the Train was coming to town. I promised Michaela and Madison that we would go ride Thomas on Friday. Another fun paper craft activity in anticipation of Thomas was building a train with shapes. I used different color construction papers. Cut out various shapes and sizes. Let them be creative and choose their shapes and color, then glue on paper.
Day out with Thomas the Train
Friyay for Friday! It was the longest week ever for the twins and the day is finally here. They were so excited for Thomas the Train. What a great way to end the week and learning about the letter T by riding on Thomas the Train. It was such a great weekend that we ended up spending a couple days in Grapevine, TX.
I hope your little ones enjoyed learning about the letter T.