Since 2012 will be my third year of doing a project with David, I wanted to take the time to do a project with Nathaniel this year, too. He will turn 3 in April and I think he’s ready for some Mommy and Me project.
I wanted the project to be something fun and useful and not super-hard to do. Crafting with David in 2010 was fun but it was also challenging at times and we didn’t end up following it through all year. So for Nathaniel I decided we’d do a project involving the letters of the alphabet each week.
I had an extra Moleskine Volant XLarge Plain Notebook in Blue which is the perfect size for my project.
My plan is to create a spread each week which will have:
- letter of the alphabet in capital and lowercase
- photos of objects, verbs, nouns that start with that letter
- a big letter for him to color
- a simple craft project that starts with the letter
Here are some sites I’ve found in a quick search:
I will look for more. And here’s an initial list of activities I plan to do that correspond to the alphabet letters:
- a – apple printing
- b – blowing bubbles or making beads, boat, or balls
- c – making cookies or cupcakes, clock
- d – dancing
- e – creating a paper envelope
- f – drawing flowers or fingerprints
- g – goldfish using glitter (and glue)
- h – hand prints or hats
- i – ice cream!
- j – jumping
- k – making a mini kite
- l – collecting leaves
- m – macaroni art
- n – making necklaces
- o – making an owl puppet
- p – collecting pine cones, potato prints
- q – some game with quarters or a queen crown
- r – making a rainbow using ribbons
- s – sock puppets
- t – making a tissue paper tree
- u – making an umbrella
- v – creating a paper volcano
- w – creating a windmill or wind chime
- x – making a map with a X marking the spot
- y – making a xmas tree using yarn
- z – drawing a zebra
I might change my mind, add, alter as we go along. I’ve learned that being consistent but flexible is the biggest key to success in yearly projects. My goal is for Nathaniel and I to have some special “just us” time, to do some art/crafts together and for him to be familiar with the letters of the alphabet.
I will post our pages on alternating weeks with David’s Book of Good Memories pages.
If you have ideas on other crafts, things he might like to do, ways to incorporate the alphabet more, I would be very grateful for them.