Today’s blog is brought to you with the letter A…
By that I mean a craft with the letter A!
Before Christmas, I was speaking to the boys about starting school. They asked me what they would do there and I said “learn things, like your numbers”. D then said: “but I already know my numbers mummy, so I don’t need to go to school.” Fair point, one of D’s strongest points is his love for numbers. I then said: “Well you also learn to read”.
That, I thought, was the end of that conversation.
Then a few weeks later, the boys were putting together their Christmas list. When I asked what they wanted, they both said to learn to read. I think our previous conversation had got them thinking.
So, I had to get my thinking cap on.
The first thing we did, was ask Santa for some reading books. I did a bit of research and we found these Ladybird books which looked like a really good deal:
Next up I started to do some research. The kids love crafts, so why not support their passion for reading with some crafts. I then thought, actually this could also be a good idea for a craft series on the old blog….
The other fun thing about this is that the boys are starting to get really interested in the camera and photography. I think seeing me carry our camera with us everywhere we go is starting to wear off on them. So not only can they help with the crafts, they have also helped me with the photography. In the photos below, the boys were in charge of the layout of the items. I think they did a pretty awesome job!
So without further ado, there was only one place to start: a craft with the letter A!!
Craft with the letter A
All you need:
- Glitter Pens
- Glitter Glue
- Any decorations you can find, be creative 🙂
The first step in the process is cutting out the letter A, as the boys are only four I had to help them with this bit. We have safety scissors but the boys are not exactly accurate with their cutting at the moment (and I may or may not be a little bit of a control freak!).
Once cut out, the fun can begin. Let your kids be creative and decorate what ever way they want.
One of the key things is talking about the letter A throughout the process. So, as they were decorating and we were chatting, I was asking them what they thought started with the letter A. This was sometimes successful: “apple”. And sometimes not: “karaoke” (pronounced car-e-ko-kay according to L), so I realise we may have a way to go with this reading malarky!
The boys had a great time doing this craft with the letter A. It was a bit of a mission cleaning up though, which seems to be a common occurrence in this house – thanks glitter glue! So much so that I had to sit the boys in sink to get cleaned up, they even had paint and glitter in between their toes!
Once done and dried the finished articles have been pride of place all week on the window ledge. I keep referring back to them as the week goes on, to encourage them to keep thinking about it.
Here are the finished articles:
I think this craft is a pretty easy one to start with.
Next up is crafts with the letter B. I bought googly eyes from the craft shop this week and I have a plan…..
To see more craft ideas from Double the Monkey Business, visit here: https://doublemonkeybusiness.co.uk/category/monkey-activities/