- Dunking Dip and a D
Allow the children to measure and mix together: 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup mayonaise, 1 tablespoon chopped onion, and 1 tablespoon dill weed. Spread the dip on plates for the children and let them "write" D in the dip with carrots, celery, green peppers and cucumbers.
- Doughnuts and Dragon's Milk
Recipe for Dragon's Milk: Put milk in pan. Warm the milk. Or...get a dragon to breathe on it!
- Dogs in a Blanket
Use canned crossiants to wrap around hot dogs. Bake as directed on package.
- "D" Snacks- dill pickles, dates, dried fruits, doughnuts, devil's food cake
- Dirt Cups - First, put a scoop of chocolate pudding in a cup. Then add crushed up oreos on top of the pudding and to top it off add a gummy worm.
Megan sent in this great recipe--thanks, Megan!!
- Allison writes, "A fun snack for the letter D is to make dominos! Spread fluff/peanut butter on a graham cracker and top
with chocolate chips!"--Thanks, Allison!
- I've Got a Dog
I've got a dog as thin as a rail
He's got fleas all over his tail;
Every time his tail goes flop,
The fleas on his bottom all hop to his top.
- Six Little Dogs
(sing to the tune of "Six Little Ducks")
Six little dogs that I once knew,
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too,
But the one little dog with the brown curly fur,
He led the others with a grr, grr, grr.
Grr, grr, grr
Grr, grr, grr
He led the others with a grr, grr, GRR!
- Little Puppy
When I was small
I used to play
Oh what fun, I had every day!
I had so much fun!
Oh those were the good old days.
But then I ran and jumped to far
and was gone from my lovey warm bed.
Out by myself in the cold of the world.
But then I found her!
Oh pretty was she
with her black little locks
that glinted like me.
She needed me
an I needed her.
so we stayed together
~Submitted by Elina. Thanks, Elina!~
- I Like Dogs
I like tall dogs
I like small dogs
I like good dogs.
Not bad dogs
I like mad dogs!
~Submitted by Elina. Thanks, Elina!~
- Cut big D's from construction paper. Let children find "D" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of D.
- Let children draw pictures of their Dads.
- Let children find dog pictures in magazines and make a collage from them.
- Have dinosaur stencils handy. Let children use them to draw dinosaurs and make a scene around them.
- Gather cardboard boxes, paper scraps and glue. Let the children work in pairs to research what the dinosaur looks like. Then build a dinosaur model using the boxes.
- This idea for D is from Marci! Thanks!
My youngest son is in the 3 yr. old group so they don't do all of the activities as the older preschoolers. However, during the week they were studying the letter D, he did come home with dog ears. They had glued spots onto long floppy ears and attached them to a paper headband.
- This idea sent to me by Rekita! Thanks!
Make dragonflies out of basic shapes. Either use all diamonds and make diamond dragonflies or ovals for the wings, rectangles for the body or a slender oval and circles for the eyes. My son and I read 'One Duck Stuck' by Phyllis Root after we made ducks and there are 10 dragonflies to count in the book. If you want, you can also pre-cut out the inside of the wings and glue on tissue paper.
- This idea sent it by Mary--thanks!
Save punched out dots when using hole puncher, or punch out dots with colorful paper.
Have children use the dots to decorate large letter D that has been traced or run off on sheet
of paper. Dots can also be used to decorate dogs, dinos, donuts etc. I save dots in plastic bags,
other teachers will help.
- Estimation Activity
Fill a large jar with dinosaur candy. After the students have observed the jar carefully, let them estimate how many dinosaurs are inside. Give a small prize to the child that has the closest estimation.
- Dinosaur Math
Discover just how big these dinosaurs were! Place a flag on the playground and start walking. Measure, using one small step for every foot. Put a flag at the end to show the measured length.
Tyrannnosaurus Rex- 45 feet
Triceratops- 30 feet
Brachiosaurus- 90 feet
Apatosaurus- 70 feet
Stegosaurus- 20 feet
- Dog Survey
Have the children take a survey of their friends and family to find out the most popular breed of dogs. Let them record the responses and share with the class. Then graph the responses on a bar graph.
- Work with dimes and dollars during this time.
- Fossil Fun
Give each child a portion of playdough and ask them to flatten it onto a sheet of waxed paper. Then press a plastic dinosaur into the playdough. Observe the print that was made.
- Dinosaur Hunt
Sterilize some chicken bones by boiling them and then bury them in some sand. Let the children "dig" for dinosaur bones.
Read about and discuss who archaelogists are and what they do. Some of the books at the bottom of this page will help you. Then give each child a chocolate chip cookie and a toothpick. They are to carefully remove the chocolate chips with the toothpick without breaking the cookie. This shows them how careful the archaelogists are in removing fossils.
- Duck Walk
Show the children how to walk like a duck, squatting down with hands on hips. Let them waddle around, greeting each oher with quacks.
- Play dodgeball.
- Dance to different types of music.
- Let the children practice how a dog runs then have a relay race.
- Make "D" body letters, using several students on the floor.
- Try out my "D" Criss-Cross Puzzle here!
- Kelli sent me this great game idea for D. Thanks, Kelli!
For the letter Dd I begin the week with a "duck pond" (A blow up baby pool). I place 12 rubber ducks in the pond with the different letters we have done taped to the bottom. Students choose a duck and tell me the letter, sound and a word beginning with that letter. Students lucky enough to pick the Dd ducks get duck stickers. I use the duck pond all week. One day I place Dd words and other words on the bottom of the ducks. Students choose a duck. I read the word and s/he
tells me if it begins with the /d/ sound or not. I also put opposites on the bottom of the ducks for students to play a matching game. For a behavior reward I allow students having excellent behavior to have a walk with the ducks. They take off their shoes and socks and wade with the ducks. This is a huge success. My kids love it!
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
Big Old Bones: A Dinosaur Tale by Carol Carrick
Count-a-Saurus by Nancy Blumentthal
The Tyrannosaurus Game by Steven Kroll
Patrick's Dinosaurs by Carol Carrick
What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? by Carol Carrick
Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton
The Dinosaur Who Lived in my Backyard by B.G. Hennessy
Dinosaur Dream by Dennis Nolan
The Last Dinosaur by Jim Murphy
Fossils Tell of Long Ago by Aliki
Dinosaurs Are Different by Aliki
Dinosaurs Are Different (Stage 2) by Aliki
Dinosaur Bones by Aliki
Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki
My Visit to the Dinosaurs by Aliki
The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Dinosaur Encyclopedia by David Lambert
Ultimate Dinosaur Book by David Lambert
DK Guide to Dinosaurs by David Lambert
The Dinosaur That Lived in My Backyard by B.G. Hennessey
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
Little Danny Dinosaur by Janet Craig
Dinosaur in Trouble by Sharon Gordon
Dinosaur Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
Dinosaur Days by Linda Manning
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
You Dirty Dog by Stephen Caitlin
Maxie the Mutt by Sharon Peters
Copycat Dog by Michael Pellowski
A Dog's Best Friend: An Activity Book for Kids and Their Dogs by Lisa Rosenthal
Santa Dog by Marcia Thornton Jones
There's No Such Thing As a Dragon by Jack Kent
Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas
Paper Bag Princess by Michael Martchenko
The Last Dragon by Chris K. Soentpiet
Just Me and my Dad by Mercer Mayer
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
The Sick Day by Patricia MacLachlan
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Come Along, Daisy! by Jane Simmmons
Go to Sleep, Daisy by Jane Simmons
Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
Five Little Ducks by Raffi
You're the Boss, Baby Duck by Amy Hest
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Do Like a Duck Does by Judy Hindley
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