Alphabet Play is a favourite momstown program that focuses on early literacy. Each week, we focus on a particular letter of the alphabet. We read a story related to that letter, and often incorporate games and activities that relate to it (e.g. hopping and hulu hooping while we learn about letter "H"). A key component of the program is a craft that uses the letter to create an image of a common word that begins with the letter. Letter "R" for example, could be striped like a rainbow. The program is designed to help kids identify the letters of the alphabet and learn to associate them with the sounds that they stand for.
The most effective letter crafts seem to be those that link the sound of the letter to a very familiar and easily recognizable thing that beings with it. Whether it is from the classic story by Dr. Suess or from the wonderful science focused "The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That" televison show he stars in on Kids' CBC, the Cat in the Hat is a figure that is immediately identified by almost all kids and their parents. He is a much loved personality in our house, and so a "C" is for Cat in the Hat acvitity was an obvious fit.
To make your own, you will need:
- blue, red, black and white paper
- a black marker
Start by cutting out a white oval for the Cat in the Hat's face, a black lower case "c", a red bowtie, three strips of red paper and two strips of white paper for the Cat's hat, a long strip of white paper for the hat's brim, and a white triangular ear.
Draw a face onto the white oval, and glue it onto the bottom of your background paper:
Glue letter "c" around the Cat's face, and glue his bowtie below it:
Starting with a red strip, begin to glue together the hat on top of the Cat's head:
Finish your C is for Cat in the Hat craft by gluing on the Cat's ear, and the white strip for the hatband. Then, be sure to read the Cat in the Hat and watch the show again!