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 First Name

Playing game "I Spy" to identify letters in name

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  • Write each letter of child’s name on a different index card
  • For example, with name Elissa use 6 cards E - l - i - s - s - a 
  • Play I SPY
  • Mix up the cards with letters right side up and say,  “I spy with my little eye the letter  "i”
  • Let child “spy” and find the letter “i” and pick up the card to place in front of him
  • Next, the adult says, “I spy with my little eye the letter “a”
  • Let child “spy” and find the letter “a” and pick up the card and place in front of him also
  • Continue until all letters in the child’s name are chosen
  • Guide child to place the letters in the correct order for their name
  • Variations:  

   I spy the first letter of your name

   I spy the last letter of your name

   I spy the letter that makes the “s” sound

   I spy a letter that makes the first sound in the word “lion”, etc.


Write child's name on paper as a guide and place the index card letters on top of the letters in child's name on the paper as they "spy" each letter 


Use other family names, ( grandma, dad, etc.) street name, city name, teacher’s name, etc.  Use the last name of the child after you have played using their first name. Use for spelling words with older children


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How many letters are in your name?


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle
  • Color - Blue
  • Number - Two, 2
  • Alphabet Letters - B, F
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Joyfulness
  • Target Words - Big, Bigger, Happy, Small

Monthly Proverb

Unknown  “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day."

Did You Know?

“A 3-year-old toddler's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain.”- Sean Brotherson, NDSU

Books to Read

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas (Activity 8)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
Eric Carle (Activity 12)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault (Activity 4)

"Color Dance" VIDEO
by Ann Jonas (Activity 8)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" VIDEO
by Bill Martin and John Archambault (Activity 4)

"The Grouchy Ladybug" VIDEO
by Eric Carle (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"Jump Up It’s A Good Day"
by Brady Rymer Album Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (Children) (Activity 10)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes "
by Countdown Kids Album 100 Silly Songs (Children) (Activity 24)

by Nabil David Huening Album Children’s Virtues Songs (Children) (Activity 13)

"If You’re Happy and You Know It "
by Dora the Explorer Album Party Favorites (Activity 26)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" VIDEO
by Super Simple Songs (Activity 24)

"If You're Happy and You Know It" VIDEO
by Super Simple Songs (Activity 26)

"Joyfulness" VIDEO
by Nabil David Huening (Activity 13)

"Jump Up It's A Good Day" VIDEO
by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (Activity 10)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Touch Your Nose

(Activity 25 Month 2)

Touch your nose, touch your chin, That’s the way this game begins. 

Touch your eyes, Touch your knees; Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.  

Touch your hair, Touch one ear; Touch your two red lips right here.  

Touch your elbows where they bend, 

That’s the way this touch game ends.