November 21, 2012

Santa's Sled Rhyme

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to share a couple of fun Christmas activities with you.  Both are based on a little rhyme I made up about Santa's sled.  The first version is a beginning letter sound activity.  It goes like this:




 You select a letter card and place it in the candy cane frame.  Then together with the child, you say the rhyme together.




I typically display three or four picture cards for the child to choose from.  Together we say the names of the items on the cards, emphasizing the beginning letter sound of each.  The child selects the one that matches and puts it on the sled picture.

This is what the sled will look like with picture cards placed on it as the rhyme progresses.

We repeat the sequence using other letters until Santa's sled is full.

The other version is a matching version, which is great for younger preschoolers.  The rhyme is slightly different:



Instead of letters, you place a toy picture on the elf's list.  Display three or four picture cards and let the child find the one that matches and put it in the sled.


These are great activities for promoting early literacy skills.  I hope you enjoy using them as much as I do!  The picture card set I created for the matching game were chosen specifically for a few of my kids working on bilabial sounds and CVC words.  They look like this:


You can download a copy of both activities here.  I printed mine on photo paper again, which I really prefer.  The colors are much more vibrant than they are on card stock, and I don't have to laminate them, which saves a bunch of time.  In the past,  I've stuck Velcro dots on the sleigh to hold the toy pieces in place.  It's not necessary, but it also gives the child visual cues to assist with placement of the toys.

I hope you like it!  Leave a comment if you do.  Credit goes to Scrappin' Doodles (again!) for the darling graphics.  Where would I be without them???

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Pam

13 comments:

  1. Pam, this is another FANTASTIC activity! Love the graphics as well. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! :)

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    1. Thanks Carrie! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

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  2. Sorry for the loss of your friend. This seems like a great activity, I have down loaded two others to use with my son (5 years old with DS) Unfortunetly there seems to be something wrong with this. I try to print and it says that the file is permanetly damaged..... hmmmmm ideas thanks

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    1. Liz, are you saying that some of my documents aren't downloading? I just checked this one and it's working fine. I would be happy to email you a copy if you'd like. Just leave me your email address please.

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  3. HI It down loaded PDF style but then when I push print I get a message saying that the file permantely damaged.... strange
    Liz
    Thank you
    liztree@yahoo.com

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  4. Super cute! Thank you so much for sharing this. Can't wait to print it out and do with my kiddos.

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  5. Oh what fun! And fits one of my kiddos objectives very nicely! Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for letting me know that you like it :-)

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  6. This downloads but does not print? Comes out blank.
    Can you email to me? Wakefieldfamily1234@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

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    1. Did you open it in Preview? I've checked it and it works on my Mac. I will be happy to emil it to you though.

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  7. I just hit the download here place on your blog and then once downloaded hit print? Not sure why it did not work? Thanks for emailing.

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  8. I am having trouble downloading/printing , as well. Could you please email the file to me?

    Thanks,
    marylou.simpson@gmail.com

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