The Letter “C”

chow chow (dog)


canadian bacon
candy cane
cheese burger
chewing gum
chili dog

Costa Rico
North Carolina
South Carolina


cat’s cradle
cha-cha (dance)
chap stick
Chinese lantern
chop sticks
connect Four

Lacing Cards
Cut colored poster board into a shape and punch holes around the edges. Then let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards.

Paper Plate Crab
Have the children glue six red or brown streamers or ribbons on the eating surface of a paper plate, then staple the plate closed so the outside is the bottom of the plate. Have the children use red tempera paint to color the crabs. After the paint dries, have the children draw on eyes and a mouth.

Crab Walk

Have your children to sit on the floor and lean back on their hands. Have them keep their feet flat on the floor. Then have them lift their bottoms off the floor and try moving sideways as crabs do.

Crab Walk Race

Have the children race like crabs.

Eat like a crab
Show your child a picture of a crab. Ask them “how does the crab eat?” Ask them to show you how the crabs eat using their fingers as pincers.

Pocket for Corduroy 
Give each child 1/2 of a piece of construction paper. Cut out u-shaped pockets from cloth. Help the child glue around the sides and bottom of the pocket, and glue it to the construction paper. Do Not Glue the Top. Then after it dries, place something in the pocket, and pull it out. Let your child try.

Bear Cave
bear cave

The children start by cutting out a hole from a shoe box on one of the sides. The box is then covered with a grocery bag in a hap-hazard manner. Sticks, yarn and other materials can be added.

Cinnamon Bears
cinnamon bear
Provide the children with precut bear shapes. Have the children apply glue to the shape and then sprinkle cinnamon onto the bear shape for a scented bear.

Cookie Cutter Match Game
Cookie Cutter Match Game
Obtain many different cookie cutters. Trace each one onto one piece of paper. Have the children try to match each cookie cutter to its match on the paper.

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.

Cotton Ball Clouds
Make gray cloud shapes from construction paper. Have the children glue on cotton balls.

Cereal Rainbows
You will need a box of Fruit Loops (or similar cereal), paper, pencil and glue. For younger children, you should draw a rainbow shape on to the paper then have the children glue the fruit loops inside the shape. Older children can make their own rainbow shape, or trace it. You may also do this project as open ended art by allowing the children to make whatever they wish with the fruit loops.

Paint with Clouds
Supply each child with a piece of blue paper, a cotton ball and white paint. Have the child dip the cotton ball into the white paint and press onto the paper to make cloud prints.

Paint with a Cloud 2
Supply the children with a piece of white paper an many cotton balls and many different colors of paint, and have them paint with the cotton ball on the paper.

Weather Chart
Each day for the month of April, chart the weather. Was it sunny, rainy, cold, or warm. Ask your child for as many descriptive words as they can think of about the day!!!

Egg Carton Fun
Use a plastic egg carton for this activity. Fill each hole 3/4 full with water. Add red food coloring to one hole, blue to another, and yellow to another. Give your child an eye dropper, show them how to use the eye dropper to move the colored water to clear water, notice how the color changes. Let them experiment. For older children, ask them how to make green, purple, brown, and aqua colors.

Color Day
Have each day of the week be a specific color day… i.e. Red Day, Blue Day and ask the parents to dress the children in that color.

Color Song
Suzie is wearing red today
Red today, red today,
Suzie is wearing red today
All day long
(Substitute Suzie with a name of the child in your class, and red for the color that child is wearing)
Repeat the song twice and let the child dance during the song. Have the other children sing and clap along.

Color Jump Song
If you’re wearing red then
Jump up and Down,
Jump up and Down,
Jump up and Down,
If you’re wearing red then
Jump up and Down,
Now sit back down.

Obtain a white carnation. Fill a clear vase or jar half with water. Ask your child which color he/she would like to make the carnation, and add food coloring in the vase to that color (Make the color dark). Color mixing is a good science lesson. Then put the carnation in the water. What happens after a few days?

Make a Collage with:
Glitter Crayons Pens Colored Pencils Markers Paint
Lace String Yarn Ribbon Paper Doilies Tissue Paper
Torn Paper Heart Shaped Paper The Holes from a hole Punch
Stickers Sand Twine Old Puzzle Pieces Buttons Colored Glue
Colored Tape Chalk Wet Chalk Wrapping Paper Stamps Aluminum
Foil Heart Shaped Confetti Glue on Candy Confections Heart Shaped Sponge
Painting Pasta or rice colored with red food coloring

Chinese Good Luck Letters: 
Invite the children to write good luck letters to each other using square red paper. Fold in the four corners to the center of the paper to make it an “envelope” for itself. Have the child write their friends name on the outside.

Chinese Lanterns: 
Have each child fold a piece of paper (red is best) in half so that the two longest sides are together. Then have the children cut one strip of paper off. Then have the children cut slits in the paper starting at the fold and going almost to the edges. Have the children make four or five slits. Then roll up the paper connecting the two shorter sides with tape or glue. Then the children may glue the first piece they cut off to the top of the lantern for the handle.

Four Leaf Clover 
Cut out four, three leafed clovers, and one four leafed clover. Set all five clovers on a table and ask the child to find the four leafed clover.

Four Leaf Clover Sizing 
Cut out five different sized clovers. Have the child arrange the clovers by size.

The Clover Song
Sung to “The More we Get Together”
by chicky
If I could be a clover,
A clover, a clover
If I could be a clover
I would have 4 leaves
One leaf for luck and one leaf for fun
If I could be a clover
I would have 4 leaves
One leaf for wisdom and one leaf for love
If I could be a clover
I would have 4 leaves

Color Chart
Count the number of children wearing green. Record. Repeat with red, orange, yellow, blue and purple. Create a graph that represents the number of children that were wearing each color. Children could be represented in each of the colors if they were wearing all of the colors.

You can supply the children with a large cardboard box to “canoe” in. They can use wooden spoons for oars. Add goggles for the children to wear.

Child Collage
Supply the children with magazines with pictures of children, construction paper and glue and let them make collages.

“C”…. Collage
Supply the children with many different magazines, with foods, toys, etc. Let the children cut out things that begin with the letter “c” and glue them onto a piece of paper.

Fingerprint Fun

Song Cube
You can make a cube from a cardboard box. Place Velcro on each side. Then write the names of songs you sing on pieces of paper, laminate them, then add Velcro. Place six songs on the cube. Have the children roll the cube and sing whatever song comes up on the cube.

Try both of the activities with actions. Jump 3 times, say your name, sit down, spin around 2x, etc.

Can Stilts
Get two cans of the same size. Use a hammer and nail to punch two holes in each can opposite sides, about 1 inch below the top rim. Thread a rope through each can by bringing the rope through one hole and out the other. Tie the ends together, leaving enough rope to reach the child’s waist. Have your child put the cans on their feet, grasp the rope and pull up to walk.

Car 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.

Clothespin Fun
Place some clothespins in a box. Show your child how to attach the clothespins to the edge of the box.

Cotton Walk
Place a bunch of cotton balls into a small empty swimming pool. Let your chld walk around in the cotton balls with bare feet.

Cotton Count
Have your child count how many cotton balls it takes to fill a container.

Cotton Collage
Let your child glue cotton onto a piece of paper, making a snow scene, or a cloud scene. Try making a bunny, or a sheep. Use the cotton for hair, a mustache, a beard or eyebrows.

Cotton Sort
You can find colored cotton balls at some grocery stores, or color your own with a little food coloring, and allow them to dry. Have your child sort the dry cotton according to color.

Cotton Picking
Spread some cotton on the floor. Give your child a basket and let them pick up the cotton and place it in a basket.

Cotton Picking 2
Spread some cotton on the floor. Give your child a basket and a spoon,let them pick up the cotton with the spoon and place it in a basket.

Children’s Cookbook
Tape record this conversation. Ask one child what their favorite food is. Ask them how to make it. After the child has finished write down their answer. If you have a group of children, pull the children aside one by one, and you can compile the answers in a cookbook for the parents.

Create a Constellation
Have the children place star stickers on a piece of black paper. Have the children connect the stars with a white crayon.

Marshmallow Constellation
Have children create 3-d constellations with marshmallows and toothpicks.

Constellation Fun
You can create constellations by poling holes in construction paper, then place the paper over the end of a flash light.

Constellation Fun 2
Use a nail to pole holes in the end of a Pringles can to create a constellation viewer. Children can view the constellation by looking into the Pringles can.

Car Prints
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 cars that have wheels that roll. Have the children dip the wheels in the paint and roll across the paper.

Balloon Powered Car:
You will need scissors, tape, a straw and a round balloon. Cut off the lip of the balloon. Cut the straw in half. Stick the straw into the balloon and tape it in place, be sure to make a tight seal. Tape the straw to the top of a car so the straw is off the end. Blow up the balloon through the straw and seal the balloon by pinching the straw. Set the car down on a smooth surface and let it go.

“C” Stamps
Let the children use stamps or sponges to create an art project. Use stamps or sponges that represent something that begins with the letter “c” or the actual letter “c”.

“C” Collage
Have the children cut out “c” shapes from construction paper and glue them onto a piece of paper.

“C” Collage 2
Have the children cut out “c” shapes from a magazine or newpaper and glue them onto a piece of paper.

Contact Paper Art
You will need a picture of a shape. Place the image on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the image. Supply the children with scraps of construction paper to tissue paper. Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper.

Shape Rubbing 
Cut circle or “c” shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these shapes to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the shapes and rub a crayon over the letter.

Shaving Cream Shapes 
Add a drop of food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a white piece of paper. The children can finish by making a few circle or “c” shapes in the cream.
Variation, add glue to this mixture to create a puffy paint look.

Shaped Potato Prints 
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a circle or “c” shape cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.

Shape Necklaces 
Supply the children with circle shaped beads and yarn. You child also have the children cut out circle or “c” shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.

Pom Pom Caterpillar (circles)
Pom Pom Caterpillar
Supply the children with many pom poms to glue together to make a caterpillar. Add pipe cleaner legs and wiggly eyes.

Caterpillars (circles)
Supply the children with many different circles to glue onto a piece of paper to make a caterpillar. Have the children draw on the legs and facial features or use yarn for the legs.

Circle Collage
Cut a big circle out of construction paper. Have the children use bingo dabbers on the circle shape.

Torn Paper Shapes Collage
Cut a big circle out of construction paper. Have the children tear pieces of construction paper and glue them to the bigger circle.

Painting Shapes
Cut out circle or “c” shapes from white paper and add some finger paint, and let your child paint the shape.

Paper Plate Corn Shaker (circles)
Take two sturdy paper plates. (The stronger the better) Place some corn kernels on one of the plates and place the other plate on top of the first so that both eating surface areas are facing each other. Use masking tape to seal the plates together. Have your child decorate with markers, glitter, construction paper, or ribbons. When dry, shake. Shake to music, shake it each time you take a step. Shake, Shake Shake!!!

Shape Match
Place matching shapes (that begin with the letter “c”) on two index cards. Have the children find the matches. To make the game more difficult, you may vary the color of the shapes. So you have a pair of red circles and a pair of blue circles and so on.

Shape Sequencing 
Cut out three to five different sized circles (or whatever shaped you would like to use) Set them on a table and ask your child to arrange the shapes according to size. For younger children, you can just start with two shapes and ask which is the smallest.

Bean Bag Toss 
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. Cut one or two “c” or circle shapes out of the cardboard. Paint the cardboard. When dry let the children throw bean bags through the holes.

Shape Hop 
Cut out large “c” or circle from colored paper (shelf liner works REALLY well). Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one letter to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.

Shape Bingo
Create your own bingo cards and call letters for a bingo game.

Shape Sorting
Provide the children with many “c” items to sort.

Shape Fishing Game 
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of the string. Cut and laminate many different colored, and sized “c” shapes from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip to each shape. Spread the shapes on the floor and let your child try to catch the shapes. Have them try to catch the red shape.. or the biggest shape. For a twist, label the shapes with letters or numbers. Ask the children to catch a specific shape, or ask them which shape they caught.

Shape Games 
The following games require you to cut out many different “c” or circle shapes from construction paper. You may choose to laminate these shapes so they last longer.

Shape Sizing 
Cut out many different sized shapes. Ask the children to line up the shapes from largest to smallest.

Shape Numbers 
Cut out ten shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to line up the shapes from one to ten.

Shape Colors 
Ask the children to sort the shapes by color.

Shape Sort 
Ask the children to sort the shapes by size.

Shape Hide and Seek 
Have all the children hide their eyes while you “hide” a shape in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to find the shape, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to hide the shape.

Shape Hide and Seek 
Play the game the same as above, except hide the shape. Then tell the children individually whether they are “hot” or “cold” to the relation of the shape. Allow the other children to have a chance to hide the shape, and tell children whether they are “hot or cold”. It may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you play this game.

Circle CookiesEgg and Chick
Circle Cookies
Children cut out an egg and a chick shape. The student can then cut the egg in half as shown and glue their chick onto the bottom half of the egg. The teacher can use a brad to connect the two piece of egg.

Circle Musical Chairs
Set out the circle shapes on the floor in a circle. Have the children walk around the circle of shapes. When the music stops have the children race to their circle shapes. Every child should have a circle shape to stand on.
Variation: Make the shapes any of the various items that begin with the letter “c”. Or use the letter “c”.

Cookie Cutter PaintingPut a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print.

Baby Chicks
Give each child one egg cup cut from an egg carton and two yellow cotton balls. Have your child glue their cotton balls in their egg cups, one on top of the other. Then let them add an orange construction paper beak, and black construction paper eyes.

Had a Little Chickiesung to “Turkey in the Straw”
Had a little chickie
And she wouldn’t lay an egg;
So I poured hot water
Up and down her leg,
Oh, that little chickie cried
And that little chickie begged;
Then that silly little chickie laid
A hard-boiled egg!

Play doh bugsHave your children make caterpillars out of play doh.

Pom Pom Caterpillar

Pom Pom Caterpillar

Supply the children with many pom poms to glue together to make a caterpillar. Add pipe cleaner legs and wiggly eyes.

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Finger Print Caterpillars 2
Supply each child with a piece of white paper. Paint each of the child’s fingers a different color. Have the children place their fingers on the paper next to one another. When finished, add legs and antennae with a black pen, or for older children, have them add the legs and antennae.



Supply the children with many different circles to glue onto a piece of paper to make a caterpillar. Have the children draw on the legs and facial features or use yarn for the legs.

Caterpillar Sock

Caterpillar Sock

Provide each child with a sock to paint. Have the child paint a toilet paper tube a different color. Cut the toilet paper tube into four sections. Stuff the sock into the toilet paper tube sections. Add goggly eyes and pipe cleaners.

Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg Carton Caterpillar

Provide the children with cardboard egg cartons and tissue paper or construction paper scraps. You could also have the children paint or add stickers to the cartons. Add pipe cleaners for legs and google eyes.

Feelie Caterpillar

Feelie Caterpillar

To create this caterpillar, use cardboard circles. Attach different textured items to the circles, like lace, foil, contact paper, felt etc.

Caterpillar Jar

Caterpillar Jar

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

Caterpillar Jar 2

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

Caterpillar Sort
Provide the children with Gummy Worms. Have them sort the Gummy Worms by color.

Caterpillar Cupcakes

Caterpillar Cupcakes
Bake cupcakes, following the directions of your favorite recipe. Allow to cool. Add frosting and jelly beans to represent the caterpillar sections.

Caterpillar CookiesMake your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Have the children create a snake with the dough, then flatten it on the cookie sheet. Bake according to the directions. After cool, allow the children to decorate as desired.

Camel Race
Pairs of students stand one behind the other with the back child’s
hands on the front child’s shoulders. Have them race from one point to

Cut out cactus shapes and have the children paint them green or brown.

Cave Play
Place a blanket over a table to create a cave.

Cut white paper in the shape of a dog, have your children paint it red.

Chick Sequence Cards
Make simple sequence cards for your child. Draw the different stages of
a chick hatching from an egg. Draw an egg in its nest, an egg cracking,
a chick partly out of the egg, and a chick that is completely hatched.

Cows eat Grass 
Cut out cow shapes. Explain to your child that cows like to eat grass.
Go outside and have your child pick some blades of grass. Have them
glue the cows, and the blades of grass onto a piece of blue paper.

Baby Chicks 
Give each child one egg cup cut from an egg carton and two cotton
balls. Put a mixture of baby powder and yellow powdered tempera paint
into a plastic bag. Allow each child to place two cotton balls and
shake for a minute or two. Then carefully take them out of the bag, and
gently tap the extra powder off. Have your child glue their cotton
balls in their egg cups, one on top of the other. Then let them add an
orange construction paper beak, and black construction paper eyes.

Corn Cob Printing 
Allow your child to use a dried corn cob as a brush or roll the cob in paint and onto a piece of paper.

Cow Spots
Supply each child with a piece of white paper and black non-toxic stamp
pads. Show the child how to make fingerprints on the paper, using only
one finger at a time.

Corn Collage
Use corn kernels for this project. First draw the outline of a corn cob
on a piece of paper. Then put glue inside the outline and have your
child place the kernals inside the shape.

Corn Pictures
Use corn kernels for this project. Let the children glue the kernels on the paper.

I’m Proud To Be A Cow 
Captain Vegetable
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Clucky Clucky Chicken
Cat Had a Birthday
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Cheese Taste 
Allow your child to taste many different types of cheeses.

My Crab Song by chicky-ma-ma
sung to “It’s a Small World”
I’m a small crab in the sea
I’m as red as I can be
I have 6 legs as you can see
I’m a small red crab