Hello and welcome to another week of Mommy School! Now you probably saw the title and were like, what??? why on earth would she use clothes for the letter C? But seriously folks, there are some important life skills for kids to learn when it comes to clothes for seasons, dressing themselves, and matching clothes (something my 3 year-old has not quite grasped the concept of yet). Plus we’ll also be focusing on colors today as well. So let’s get started!
- C Tracing page
- Letter C’s cut out from construction paper
- Blank paper doll templates (I found some great ones here)
- Magnet Sheets
- Clothes from either your closet or you child’s to match different seasons (hat, coat, gloves, boots, sweaters, swimsuits, shorts, etc.)
HOOK: Before sitting down with your child, go through the house and attach the paper Cs around your house. It would most effective if you attach them to things that start with the letter C (closet, coat, comforter, chair, etc.) Have your child go around the house finding the letters. With each one identify what object starts with C and make the C sounds.
STEP 1: Start with the tracing page. Practice writing the letter C with your child. Explain that the word “clothes” starts with the letter C. See if they can name a few articles of clothing. Help them along. Explain to your child that today you are going to talk all about clothes.
STEP 2: Lay out all the seasonal clothes (they don’t have to be in a particular order). Have each item on the floor so the child can clearly see it. Tell your child that you want them to find all the clothes you wear when it’s really cold outside and tell them to do it as fast as they can. Then you can tell them they have to get dressed in the clothes fast (isn’t it great how kids love doing things fast fast fast!). This helps tem to put the clothes on themselves. Try to let them do it with minimal help. Next find the clothes for when it’s really hot. Then you can choose to move onto fall and spring type clothes. After they’ve sorted the clothes discuss with them why we wear different articles of clothes for different seasons (shorts keep us cool, jackets keep us warm, etc.).
Accessories are obviously a very important part of getting dressed…
STEP 3: With one set of the paper doll templates, color them to match some of your child’s favorite clothes (my daughter is obsessed with her rainbow shirt and rainbow shorts that she feels absolutely match…). Place them on magnet sheets to do this on the fridge (I get mine from Walmart), though it’s not necessary. Work with your child on putting together outfits that match. Explain each one, like pattern color, style, etc.
STEP 4: Let your child color the other set of paper doll clothes on their own. You can cut them out and play paper dolls as is or make them more permanent with magnet sheets. I chose to just mount the ones I made, but it’s completely up to you.
STEP 5: Practice tracing the letter C once again. You can go through the house and identify things that start with C once again to solidify in their minds.
FIELD TRIP: Local thrift store and let them choose some clothes
TREAT: Gingerbread men and clothes that you decorate together!
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