The Letter “A”

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Words that begin with the letter “A”:

  • a la mode
  • Aardvark
  • abacus
  • abdomen
  • ability
  • aboard
  • above
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • absorb
  • Accordion
  • Ace
  • Acorn Squash
  • acrobat
  • across
  • act
  • ad
  • add
  • address
  • adopt
  • adult
  • afraid
  • Africa
  • after
  • afternoon
  • age
  • aim
  • air
  • airmail
  • Airplane
  • Airport
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • album
  • Alien
  • alike
  • alive
  • Alligator
  • allow
  • Almonds
  • alphabet
  • Alphabet cereal
  • Alphabet soup
  • Aluminum
  • Ambulance
  • America
  • American cheese
  • Amusement Park
  • anchor
  • Angel Food Cake
  • Angels
  • angry
  • animal
  • Animal Crackers
  • ankle
  • annoy
  • answer
  • Antarctica
  • antelope
  • antenna
  • anthem
  • antipasto
  • Antique
  • antonym
  • apart
  • apartment
  • ape
  • apology
  • apparel
  • appetizer
  • Apple Butter
  • Apple Jacks
  • applesauce
  • appliance
  • Apricot
  • April
  • April Fools Day
  • Apron
  • aqua
  • Aquarium
  • Arbor Day
  • arch
  • arctic
  • area code
  • arena
  • argue
  • aria
  • arid
  • Arkansas
  • arm
  • armor
  • Armpit
  • army
  • aroma
  • arrow
  • art
  • arthropod
  • Artichoke
  • artist
  • ask
  • asleep
  • Asparagus
  • Asteroid
  • Astronaut
  • athlete
  • auburn
  • audience
  • audio
  • August
  • Aunt
  • Australia
  • author
  • Automobile
  • Autumn
  • Avalanche
  • avenue
  • aviary
  • Avocados
  • awake
  • award
  • azure

Avalanche Blocks

Have a child set up the blocks then knock them down.


Pretend to be an acrobat. Show the children how to do a somersault.

Acrobat Art

Cut out pieces of paper for the arms, legs, body and head. Have the child color or paint the pieces as desired. Affix the arms, legs and head to the body with metal brads.


Have the children pretend that they are on the moon.

Astronaut Dramatic Play

Use a large box for a space ship, provide a cut out milk jug for a space hat and silver jacket or a jumper for a space suit.

Astronaut Drink

Have the children make and drink Tang.

Asteroid Art

Place a piece of paper in a box that has tall sides. Dip a small ball in a small amount of paint. Have the child drop the ball onto the paper in the box. Repeat with different sized and kinds of balls and different colors.

Apple Jacks Necklace

Have the children lace Apple Jacks onto a piece of yarn to create a necklace.

Apple Jacks Art

Have the children glue Apple Jacks onto a piece of paper to create a picture.

Automobile Prints

Click here to see an example.
In a pie tin, place 3 to 5 teaspoon sized portions of different colored tempera paint evenly spaced about the area. Supply the children with washable toy trucks, cars, airplanes or trains that have wheels that roll. Have the children dip the wheels in the paint and roll across the paper.

The Power of Air

Have the children try to blow different objects across the table such as a feather, a piece of paper, a piece of cereal.

The Power of Air 2

Fill a balloon with air and let it go.

The Power of Air 3

Affix a straw to a balloon with two pieces of masking tape. Run a string or a piece of yarn through the straw. Affix each end of the string or yarn to a chair or other object so the string is taut. Fill the balloon with air, then release. The air inside the balloon will be released forcing the balloon to move along the string.

Air Art

Water down several different colors of paint. Place a small amount of one color onto a piece of paper. Provide the child with a straw and have them blow the paint across the paper. Repeat with other colors.

Blow Bubbles.

Bubble Art

Animal Sort

Provide the child with many different kinds of plastic animals or pictures of animals. Have the child sort the animals any way they choose. Then ask them why they choose to sort them the way they did.

Animal Sort 2

Provide the child with many different kinds of plastic animals pictures of animals. Have the child sort the animals according to size, type or color.

Animal Survey

Set up: Draw five columns on a large piece of paper. Label the columns cats, dogs, fish, other and none. Have precut shapes of dogs, cats, fish and circles made. Ask each child what kinds of pets they have in their home. Place their name on the corresponding shape(s) and have the child place their shape(s) in the correct column on the paper. Continue until all the children have answered. For children that have pets other than cats, dogs or fish, ask what kind of animal it is and write the child’s name and kind of animal on a circle. The circle will go in the “other” column. For children that have no pets, place their name on a circle and have them place their circle in the “none” column. When complete, have the children tell you about what they see. How many children have a cat? Dog? No pets? Which pet do most of the children have?

Animal Survey 2

Ask the children to name their favorite kind of animal. They can draw their animal on a piece of paper, or provide a magazine so they can find a picture and cut it out and glue it on the paper.

Automobile Wash

Fun for summer hot days. There are two ways you can do this. First is let your child help you wash your car, or you can set up a bucket with wash water, and one for rinsing and let your child wash some of their toy cars.

Animal Parade

Have your child pretend to be an animal, and march around the house being that animal.

Animal Charades

Have your child pretend to be an animal. (They can make noises) Tell them you want to guess what animal it is. guess!!!! Take turns acting out the animals.

Adopt a tree

Pick a tree outside. At Various times of the year, spring, fall winter, and summer, take a picture of you and the children outside by the tree. Talk with your children about the differences in the tree, and the clothing that we wear in the different times of the year.

Animal Matching

My First Brain Quest : Animal Matching is available from
Or make your own, by using stickers and card stock. Click on the link to see a picture.

Animal Crackers Jar

For older children. Fill a small jar with Animal Crackers. Ask each child to guess how many Animal Crackers are in the jar. For younger children, limit the number of Animal Crackers to less than ten. Record each child’s guess. Count the Animal Crackers.

Animal Crackers Jar for School Age Children

Provide three identical jars with pre-counted Animal Crackers of 20, 30, and 40. Label these jars 20, 30 and 40. Place 20 to 40 Animal Crackers in a fourth identical jar. Allow the children to examine all four jars before they guess. Record the children’s approximations. Count the Animal Crackers.


A great poem featured in Shel Silverstien’s Where the Sidewalk Ends : Poems and Drawings

Hand Antler Headbands

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Trace the child’s hands onto brown paper. Have the child cut out the hand shapes. Measure your child’s head, and have the child cut a piece of brown construction paper long enough to create a headband. Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child’s head but is loose enough to take off easily. Then affix the hands for antlers.

Animal Fat

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You will need two identical ziplock bags. Place shortening inside one of the bags, then turn the second bag inside out and place inside the first bag. Seal the first and second bags together. Spread the shortening out inside the bags so that it forms an even layer. Next, fill a container with ice cold water. Have a child put one hand in the bag, then in the water, and their other hand in the water. Can they feel the difference. The fat will protect their hand from the cold water.

Sally (Alice) the Camel
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Sally (Alice) the camel has 5 humps
Sally the camel has 5 humps
Sally the camel has 5 humps
Now ride Sally ride,
boom boom boom!

Sally the camel has 4 humps
Sally the camel has 4 humps
Sally the camel has 4 humps
Now ride Sally ride,
boom boom boom!

(sing with 3, 2, 1, no humps then…)
Now Sally is a horse of coarse.

Five little Monkeys!!!!
Five little monkeys, swinging in a tree (hold up five fingers, and swing hand)
Teasing Mr. Alligator, can’t catch me, (make wings by placing thumbs in arm pits, and rock elbows up and down)
You (point to child) can’t catch me!!! (point to self)
Shhhh (index finger to your mouth)
Along comes Mr. Alligator…. quiet as can be (Place palms together thumbs pointing up, and fingers away from you, and move back and forth like a fish)
And he snaps (clap hands in front of a child) that monkey right out of that tree.
Repeat with Four, three, two and one. After the last monkey, say No more monkeys swinging in the tree.
(use gesture for “all gone” or “I don’t know”)

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