Practice Writing Letters and Numbers!

Writing letters, numbers, and pre-writing shapes in different textures helps students to engage, learn, and remember what they are practicing! Try these different ideas on a tray, plate, or table.

  • Sand
  • Shaving Cream (add food coloring for extra fun!)
  • Whipped cream (add food coloring for extra fun!)
  • Dish Soap
  • Paint

Need a Less Messy Option?

  • Try putting a small amount of paint and dish soap (or hair conditioner) in a large seal-able plastic bag.
  • Tape over the seam with shipping tape (or duct tape) to prevent the seal from breaking
  • Lay the bag on a flat surface
  • Use your index finger (pointer finger) or a Q-tip to create different shapes, letters, and numbers

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Ms. Erin’s Backyard Scavenger Hunt

Look for these items in your backyard and check them off as you find them!

For a Word document:

For a PDF:

  • To practice handwriting skills, answer the questions by writing in a notebook
  • To practice typing skills, answer the questions by typing on a computer (be sure to use good posture and both hands)
  • To practice holding your head up, moving your head, or reaching and grasping with your arms, work on these skills as your searching for items around the yard

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Oobleck Recipe


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup cornstarch (start with 1/2 cup and add as needed)
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cups


  1. Gather materials
  2. Measure cornstarch
  3. Pour cornstarch into bowl
  4. Measure water
  5. Pour water into bowl
  6. Mix water and cornstarch with a spoon
  7. Add more water or cornstarch as needed. Mixture should be thick, solid when squeezed, and turn to liquid when held in an open hand or left alone
  8. Play with the Oobleck and read Dr. Seuss’ book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.

Here is a link to a YouTube Video of this book read-aloud

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