Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hh is for Hands

One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado
Summary: A simple rhyming book with a good message---we can use our hands to show our love for God and to help others. The illustrations are so fun and beautifully done! The end of the book contains ideas of ways that we can use our hands to show kindness, show love, and help others.  
ABC Letter Introduction Activity

To introduce our Letter H unit, I came up with sensory bin. Since our theme was hands, I wanted to include items that my girls could touch and feel.

So along with various "Hh" items, I also included things such as scouring pads, microfiber cloth, smooth rocks, emery boards, sandpaper letters, and more. Everything  in the bin was something they could touch and feel with their hands. We sorted them by texture – smooth/rough, soft/hard.

ABC Letter Learning Activities

We had fun practicing letter Hh sounds/words with The Sticky Hand game.


Large lids (mine are orange juice lids)
Letter Hh word pictures (I used the cards from 1+1+1=1 and printed them at a reduced size)
1 Jumbo sticky hand (I found mine at the Dollar Tree)

The object was to try to hit one of the lids with the sticky hand. If the hand touched it at all, the girls would say the picture name. This was harder to do than you would think! They loved the challenge though and played this over and over---well until the hand broke :)

Hhpoem Hhhandwriting copy  
We went over our hand poem/coloring/handwriting page (click to dowload- under Letter H).

ABC Crafts
We turned this colorfully painted hand into….
a handprint flower! (The stem was made by dragging the pointer finger down, and the leaves were made by painting a fist and then stamping it onto the paper.)

My girls came home with this Bible craft project from Sunday School, and I thought it went perfectly with our Letter Hh week! The verse on the bottom is Deuteronomy 5: 32 (paraphrased) Do what God says.

I also cut letter H’s from sandpaper and we did crayon rubbings of them. There are so many things we can do with our hands!

Supplemental Books:

51NI3Pkw9rL._AA160_ hands

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
My Hands by Aliki

Tommy Nelson has a couple of free coloring pages that go along with One Hand, Two Hands.

For each letter I will be providing several downloadable resources plus a letter planner page. You can find these resources at Spell Outloud’s HSPrintables.

Other ABC Resources:
ABC Printables from Homeschool Creations
Letter of the Week Curriculum from COAH
ABC Flashcards and More from 1+1+1=1
ABC Letter Crafts
Songs for Saplings ABC Verses



Kelly said...

Sounds like a cute book. I have tons of those OJ tops! I keep thinking there is something I can use them for. :-)
My friend has a game with the hand where she puts the sight words out and her son has to fling the hand to the right sight word.
As always thanks for sharing!

Jdaniel4smom said...

I love the idea of introducing letters with an object tub!

Eddie from The Usual Mayhem said...

I love the hand/flower craft! What a great idea! Bet my mother in law would love that for Easter from my preschool sidekick.

Maureen said...

It would be a nice, easy gift---and would look great in a frame :)

Maureen said...

I know, I just can't get myself to throw the tops away! They are such a good, chunky size--perfect for little hands.