Alphabet Activities – Letter ‘B’ Activities

5 Letter Bb Activities
 Bb is for Buttons, Brown Bear, Blue, and Bubble wrap!
The aim of these activities is to expose children to the letter Bb, identify what the letter Bb looks like and what sound it makes.  It is to provide an opportunity to talk about the letter, make connections with spoken language and real life experiences.
Learning the letter sound first and then the letter name are important for reading and writing development.
Play Dough Teddy Bears
Bb is for buttons, blue and bear
Roll, mould, press and create some fun characters with play dough and buttons using a teddy bear play dough mat.  Make a Play Dough Teddy Bear is an inviting activity for kids to explore their imagination and experiment with the tools provided and make some amazing creations.  It is an open-ended invitation to play that allows kids to explore freely with no expectations or right or wrong way of completing this activity.
Printable Teddy Bear Template
Button Match
Letter B Activities Button Match
Letter Puzzle and Match is a great activity for fine motor development, control and concentration.  It is also a great way to introduce the learning of the letter B.  This activity involves placing buttons (B for buttons) onto the circles inside the shape of the letter Bb. Children become familiar and begin recognise the shape of the letter Bb.  It is also a great opportunity to talk about how buttons start with Bb and the different letters, capital B or lower case b.
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Blue Bubble Wrap Printing Letter Bb
Learning the Letter Bb Activities
Bubble wrap painting with blue paint and gluing on buttons is a great activity to practice saying the ‘b’ sound out loud, say words that begin with that sound and also recognise what the letter Bb looks like.
To complete this activity, we printed off the Letter Bb Template, wrapped bubble wrap around the end of a soup spoon and placed a small blob of paint in a tray.  The bubble wrap on the soup spoon provided a handle to hold when printing with the bubble wrapped end of the spoon.  It doesn’t matter if the paint goes outside of the lines of the letter Bb because we later cut is out and glued it onto a sheet of card.  We then glued on a few colourful buttons.
Letter Bb Printable Template 
Mystery Bag Letter Sound Sort
Letter Bb Mystery Bag Sort
The Letter Bb Mystery Bag is a bag full of objects found around the home that begin with the letter Bb.  It also has a few objects that do not not begin with the letter Bb.  The aim of the activity is to sort the objects into groups that begin with the letter Bb sound and which objects do not.
It requires a lot of talking, repetition and modelling from the parent or educator for children to understand the concept that words begin with the letter Bb sound and hear the difference when it does not.
Printable Letter Bb Sound Sorting Labels
Brown Bear Bubble Wrap Painting
Bb is for Brown Bear with Buttons
Make a Brown Bear with Buttons is very similar to the Bubble Wrap Printing on the Letter Bb, where it provides an opportunity practice saying the ‘b’ sound out loud and say words that begin with that sound. 
Printable Teddy Bear Template
Learning Opportunities
  • Letter recognition
  • Oral language development – hearing the sound and saying it out loud.
  • Development of fine motor skills
  • Eye & hand coordination – watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • Sensory- Development of the sense of touch. Feeling and manipulating objects.
  • Learning alphabet letter name and letter sounds.
  • Spatial awareness
  • Creativity
  • Identify and recognise Colours
  • Mathematical concepts: counting, sorting, matching, and patterns
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Number Activity – Sorting Number Stickers

Sorting Numbers
Miss 3 absolutely loved doing this activity.  She loves stickers and has been playing with numbers for some time now.  This is a great activity to help children recognise numbers and their names.  We can sometimes assume that our child knows their numbers because they can count them but can they name a number if we held it up in front of them?
What you will need?
Number activities for toddlers
You will need blank paper, number stickers and a pencil.
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Learning Numbers Activities
Sorting Number Stickers doubles as fine motor and maths activity.  It provides an opportunity for children to practise using the fine motor muscles in their hands and wrists to peel off stickers and place them in the correct boxes.  It also provides the opportunity to learn their numbers and recognise the name of them.
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Number Activities for Kids
After the number stickers had all been placed in the boxes, Miss 3 had a go at writing the numbers.  At this stage of development it is important that children have-a-go and feel safe.  It doesn’t matter if the writing looks like a scribble, it is writing and it resembles the number.  Praise what ever effort has been made, it will build confidence and encourage more risk taking with writing attempts.
Learning Opportunities
  • Language development – number names
  • Recognising numbers
  • Fine motor development and eye-hand coordination.
  • Literacy: oral language development through a repetition.
  • Numeracy: counting
  • Sorting and classifying numbers
  • Visualisation and memory
  • Problem solving – searching for the correct number.
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Searching for numbersNumber Sort with magnetic numbers and a white board is a great alternative to Sorting Number Sticker.  <CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL POST>
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Learning to Count Activity

Counting Activity for Kids and Toddlers
Books are a wonderful way of exploring and learning about a new concept.  It provides as an introduction and also an extension of the learning into an activity.  Elmer’s First Counting Book by David McKee is a fabulous book to introduce counting to young children and toddlers.
This counting activity involves reading and sharing the story Elmer’s First Counting Book.  Followed by a count and match the number activity using coloured squares that imitate the colourful patches on Elmer the Elephant from the book.
What you will need?
Elmer the Elephant Counting Activity
You will need a large sheet of paper, black marker pen, ruler, scissors, coloured paper and Elmer’s First Counting Book. Glue is optional. 
To make the coloured squares, cut up the coloured paper into squares approx. 2.5cm x 2.5cm.
I used the ruler and black marker pen to create the graph like sections for each number on the paper and also wrote the numbers with matching dots to represent the value.
The glue is only optional, we did not glue the coloured squares down, to allow for this activity to be completed and play with over and over again
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Elmer the Elephant Activity Ideas
Some ideas:
  • Allow your child to hold the book and have full ownership of the reading experience.
  • Talk about the cover page and title such as, “What do you think the story is about?”
  • Model to your child the counting and pointing at each picture as you count it. Hold your child’s hand/finger as they point and count with them.
  • Ask questions throughout the book such as “Do elephants really look like Elmer?” “Do crocodiles laugh?” “Which page is your favourite, why?”
  • For older children, ask them to find the number 1, number 2, etc on each page and point to it.
  • Place a coloured square over each picture when counting in the book Elmer’s First Counting Book.
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Counting Book Activities for Toddlers and Pre Schoolers
I really like the way this activity introduces children to counting, early graphing skills and also representing the value of  each number.  The higher the number the more squares are needed to make that number.  It is also repetitive and allows children to practice counting out loud.
Learning Opportunities
  • Fine Motor Development – manipulating objects.
  • Hand-eye Coordination and Control
  • Concentration
  • Language development – Counting our loud and pronunciation of numbers. Developing vocabulary from reading the book Elmer’s First Counting Book.
  • Mathematics – Recognising numbers, value of numbers and early graphing skills.
  • Sorting by colour and number.
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Counting Activity – Dominoes Cookies

Counting activities for kids and toddlers
Learning to count with Dominoes Cookies is a fabulous, fun and motivating activity for kids.
So much learning happens when we cook with our kids.  There are the social interactions, processing information, following directions, problem solving, coordination and so much more. 
Making Dominoes Cookies with your child will also open the opportunity to learn to count, read and name small collections of groups (subitising) and introduce the concept of addition.
What you will need?
How to make Dominoes Cookies
You will need our Easy Cookie Dough Recipe which is available on our site <Click here>.  I love this recipe as it is so easy to make, tastes great and you only need 3 ingredients. 
The full recipe for the Dominoes Cookies can be downloaded and printed from here:
Easy Cookie Dough Recipe Dominoes Cookies
You will also need Mini M&Ms, baking paper, baking tray, knife, ruler and rolling pin.
To make the Dominoes Cookies
  1. Combined the ingredients from our Easy Cookie Dough Recipe and knead until smooth.
  2. Place in the fridge to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Roll out flat with a rolling pin on baking paper.
  4. With a ruler, measure and cut rectangle dominoes shapes approximately 3cm x 7cm x 0.4cm.
  5. Gently press the knife to make a slight crease in the dough for the centre line on the dominoes.
  6. Repeat until all dough has been used.
  7. Add mini M&Ms to create the dominoes dots.
  8. Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
If you have a set of dominoes blocks, be sure to bring them into the learning experience as they will provide an example for kids when placing the Mini M&Ms onto the cookies.
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Simple Kids cooking ideas
Some ideas:
  • Count out loud the number of dots on the dominoes or as you place the Mini M&Ms onto the cookie dough.
  • Match the patterns and group the dots on the dominoes. This is also known as subitising, you can read more about it  <HERE>
  • Add the number of dots together on each domino, for example, 3 red Mini M&Ms and 4 green Mini M&Ms makes 7.
  • Talk about and predict which dominoes have the most dots on them or the least amount of dots on them.
  • Pack the cooked and cooled Dominoes cookies into a lunch box and go down to the park for a picnic and play. While you are there park, extend the learning and count groups of objects you can find at the park, such as 3 flowers and 2 trees.
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Benefits of cooking with kids
Learning Opportunities
  • Numeracy: measuring, counting, addition, subitising and patterns.
  • Colours
  • Following instructions
  • Problem solving
  • Sensory- hands on feeling and manipulating the dough through the senses.
  • Fine motor skills- strengthening little muscles through manipulation and moulding the cookie dough.
  • Hand and eye coordination- watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • Language development – cooking is a social activity requiring speaking and listening, also developing vocabulary.
  • Self-esteem- a sense of pride and achievement
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baking with numbers

Name Activity – Dot Painting

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Dot Painting Name Activity is a fun and simple way to introduce your child to recognising their name and the letters that make up their name.   It is also progressing towards forming and writing the letters in their name and developing fine motor control.
What you will need?
Invitation to play name dot painting - learning4kids
To set up this invitation to play you will need, cotton buds (aka cotton tips), paint, paint tray, paper and a pencil. 
To begin write your child’s name in large letters onto the paper.
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Name Activities - Dot Painting
Some ideas:
  • Model with your child that you make dots with the cotton buds only the letter lines.
  • Talk about each letter in your child’s name and what sound it makes.  Talk about other words beginning with that sound.
  • Make lines along the letters with the paint instead of dots.
  • Play Spot the letters in your child’s name in books, street names and other printed texts in and outside the home.
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Preschool Ideas for Learning Name
Cotton buds and paint are very inviting props to play with, allow your child the opportunity to play freely and creatively.
Learning Opportunities
  • Hand and eye coordination.
  • Becoming familiar with alphabet letters and letters in their name.
  • Self-esteem- developing a sense of pride and achievement.
  • Fine  Motor Development – Pre-writing skills
  • Concentration
  • Language development – letter names, making the sounds each letter makes.
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Read and recognise own name.
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