1) Read books (especially the ones about airplanes!) from our Letter A Booklist.
2) Make Homemade Airplanes. Last year, we painted these more complex Craft Stick Airplanes. This year, we are making things a little more simple for my three and one year old. All you need is a clothes pin, one craft stick, paint and some hot glue! See how we used these in our Letter A Songs & Rhymes.
- Have your child pretend to be an airplane and call out numbers for him to jump on.
- Ask your child to jump "five times" on the number five. Repeat for other numbers.
- For an additional activity, use airplane manipulatives (toy airplanes - I found ours at the Dollar Store). Call out a number and have your child place the correct amount of airplanes on the number.
4) Explore with "Airplanes in Clouds" Sensory Bin: Both my boys (ages: almost three & ones) love airplanes, so I knew this activity would be a hit for him. If the weather isn't in your favor, you can always do this activity in the bath tub!
- Fill a small plastic bin with shaving cream (or whipping cream) and add toy airplanes (I found ours at the Dollar Store)
- Add play kitchen items (measuring spoons & cups, spatula, whisk, tongs, etc) and a second bin of water to wash off the airplanes. My boys loved washing the airplanes off with the hose - this was a favorite.
- NOTE: Sensory play is a great learning technique for toddlers. I've noticed they are the most successful when I don't worry about the mess and let them explore in their own way.