“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz a ma tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond Z and start poking around.” ~Dr. Seuss
Today is a great day for a linky party! The sun is shining, the kids are smiling. And we’ve made some really cool jars that we want to share! And we want to see and hear about YOUR great ideas too! So when you’re finished reading this post, link your idea up at the bottom of the page. Then grab the Weekly Kid’s Co-Op button and put it on your blog so others can be directed to the party. That way everyone can see all the fun things there are to do with kids under five! Sound good? Then let’s get started!
First,you will need 26 little jars or containers. I used plastic containers from the dollar store, as I wanted the toddlers to be able to use them without a safety issue. I found these little ones at 5 for a dollar at our local store.
Once you have your containers, it’s time for the scavenger hunt of a lifetime! Seriously. Hehehehehe! My teenage daughter and I spent the evening scouring our house for little bits that would fit in the jars. Surprisingly, N and O were the most challenging. In fact I think N still only has a plastic magnet N and a chipboard letter N inside. It’s a challenge, for sure!
Here are a few examples of what we found to put in our jars…
As you can see, S was pretty easy!
The great thing about this activity, is that it spans all the age groups. From babies to school-aged children. The lids can be glued or taped so your babies and toddlers can’t open them. The toddlers in my home love shaking them, stacking them, and looking for things they recognize in the bottles. The preschool kids like to take the things out of the jars and sort them all back into the right jars. The school-aged kids like to take the items out and write the words on paper or make sentences with the objects.
The jars really are a fun activity, and you can even involve the children in finding things for the jars. My 7-year-old found a feather from her hen and put it in the letter F jar, and this little guy here (also mine), donated a dime from his piggy bank for the D jar.
And there you have it. A great time for all ages, and they don’t even realize they are learning something along the way!
Now it’s your turn! Link up down here with your activity for young children!
Thanks for stopping by…and joining in!
I love the idea of spilling everything out and sorting them back into the jars! How fun! Pinning this idea on my homeschool board to future use! 🙂
Thanks, Gina! Enjoy!!
I love how you made this available to use for children of different age groups, especially the babies and toddlers!
Thanks, Heather! :):)
Love love love this. I’m pinning this to my letters board so I don;t forget it when goblin is a bit older
Yay! Oh, and we thought of an “N” word for the jar! “NOODLE”!!! Lol! We put a piece of dried pasta in it yesterday!
What a fun idea! And what fun containers! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! And you are very welcome!
What a lovely way to teach the ABC’s?Pinning and tweeting this.x
Oh my word I love this! Where did you get the jars and all the little goodies?
Debra, thank you! I bought the containers at the dollar store and the little goodies we just found around the house, like a scavenger hunt! lol!
this is a fantastic idea, and I think my kidlets and I will be putting these together on the next day it is over 90 and I don’t feel like melting outside…..oh and nickel for N
Thanks Kim!!!! We put in a noodle the other day, and my 5 yr old son is still on the look out for a ninja small enough to fit in the jar! lol!
I love this idea thank you for sharing. I will be doing this with my 3 year old Can I ask what you put in your jar for X