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#958. "D" letter ideas

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Apr 8 12:42:32 PDT 1999 by Jan k/ne and the Early Childhood Ring (jblecha@genie.esu10.k12.ne.us).
Dudley Elementary,
Concepts Taught: "D" letter activities

D letter ideas

Letter Dd

THE LITTLE DUCKLINGS

Have the children act out the movements described as you
recite the following poem.

All the little ducklings
Line up in a row.
Quack, quack, quack.
And away they go.

They follow their mother
Waddling to and fro.
Quack, quack, quack,
And away they go.

Down to the big pond
Happy as can be.
Quack, quack, quack,
They are full of glee.

They jump in the water
And bob up and down.
Quack, quack, quack,
They swim all around.

All the little ducklings
Swimming far away.
Quack, quack, quack.
They'll play another day.

TEN LITTLE DUCKLINGS

Ten little ducklings.
(Move hands back and forth in waddling motion).
Dash, dash, dash!
Jumped in the duck pond.
(Motion of jumping)
Splash, splash, splash!
When the mother called them,
"Quack, quack, quack."
Ten little ducklings swam right back.
(Motion of swimming).

LITTLE DUCK

I am a little duck that goes quack, quack, quack.
(Make hand be duck's mouth and it quacks).
And I've got lots of feathers on my back, back, back.
(Wave hands near bottom to indicate tail feathers).
And when I go down to the lake, I wiggle and I wobble and I
shake, shake, shake.
(Wobble and shake around like a duck).
And when I go to sleep at night,
(Pretend to be sleeping with hands as pillows).
I close my eyes very tight.
But in the morning when I wake,
I wiggle land I wobble and I shake, shake, shake.

THREE LITTLE DUCKS THAT I ONCE KNEW

Three little ducks that I once knew.
A fat one, a skinny one, a yellow one too.
But the one little duck with a feather on his back
He ruled the others with his quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack.
He ruled the other with his quack, quack, quack.

Down to the meadow they would go.
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble to and fro.
But the one little duck with the feathers on his back.
He led the others with his quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack.
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Home from the river they would come.
Wibble, wobble, wibble wobble, ho, hum.
But the one little duck with the feather on his back.
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack.
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

FIVE LITTLE DUCKS

Five little ducks went out to play.
Over the pond and far away.
Mother duck called with a quack, quack.
Four little ducks came back, came back.

Four little ducks....
Three little ducks....
Two little ducks....
One little duck ....
No little ducks went out to play.

THE LITTLE WHITE DUCK

There's a little white duck, sitting in the water.
A little white duck, doing what he oughta!
He took a bite of the lily pad,
Flapped his wings and he said, "I'm glad
I'm a little white duck sitting in the water.
Quack, quack, quack."

There's a little green frog, swimming in the water.
A little green frog, doing what he oughta!
He jumped right off the lily pad,
That the little duck bit and he said, "I'm glad
I'm a little green frog swimming in the water.
Glub, glub, glub.

There's a little black bug, floating on the water.
A little black bug, doing what he oughta!
He tickled the frog on the lily pad
That the little duck bit and he said, "I'm glad
I'm a little black bug floating on the water.
Chirp, chirp, chirp."

There's a little red snake, laying in the water.
A little red snake, doing what he oughta!
He frightened the duck and the frog so bad,
He ate the little bug, and he said, "I'm glad
I'm a little red snake laying in the water.
Wriggle, wriggle, wriggle."

Now there's nobody left, sitting in the water.
Nobody left, doing what he oughta!
There's nothing left but the lily pad.
The duck and the frog ran away. I'm sad.
"Cause there's nobody left sitting in the water.
Boo, hoo, hoo.

DUNK THE DUCKS

Fill a soft-sided inflatable wading pool or use a water
table with about 3 inches of water and put three or four
plastic floating ducks in it. Then fill several squirt
bottles with water. Invite the children to use the square
bottles to "dunk the ducks."

Sandy
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*donuts, dots, dollars, dice, dinosaurs, dogs, dominoes, dirt
*Letter D bag: include a dollar, die, plastic duck, dominoe
*eat donuts
*make Dd with play dough
*have Dads come in and share donuts with their child
*copy large Dd shapes onto construction paper. have students use q-tips and
paint to make dotted Ds.
*recite the days of the week
*use mini dinosaurs as counters
*give each student a paper with a numbered grid. have them use q-tips and
paint to make the appropriate number of dots to go with the number.
*do the same activity as above, but instead of using q-tips for the dots,
allow students to use a hole punch to make dots to be glued onto their paper.
*have all students who have a D in their name write it on the chalkboard.
Allow other students to locate and circle the Ds.
*teach your students how to play dominoes
*have students glue dirt onto large D shapes (potting soil can be used for
"dirt")
*use dirt in your sandtable; hide plastic dinosaurs in the dirt
*play Letter Detective, locating Ds in the classroom
*play Duck, Duck, Goose
*dino sites:
Dinosaur Snack
Ideas


Dinosaurs Home Page - covering extinction, fo...

Dinosaurs at TCM

Dig a Dinosaur

Dinosaurs:
student activities

Download-a-
Dinosaur

Zoom Dinosaurs
- Enchanted Learning Software

Cindy/SPED K- 2
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From: Rance29@webtv.net (Rance29 Rance29)

One I did was : have kids cut simple dinosuar. they glue on bugles corn
snacks for spikes - very cute!! OR .. Glue on silver triangles as
spikes.Video: Dazzle dinosaur
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one of my favorite ideas was this one from Amy on the ring:

A really neat idea that I use with Dinosurs is to get a helium balloon
(most larger grocery stores that carry them will donate for a science
project) and measure out lengths of fishing wire or line that correspond
with the heights of various types of dinosaurs. You have to use the fishing
line as yarn gets too heavy. Take your students out on the playground and
let the balloon go after you've tied the length of fish line to it. The
students will be amazed at how far up it goes into the sky. You can also
measure out lengths of yarn to correspond with dinosaur lengths. Wrap
around a toilet paper roll or block and have one student take the end of the
yarn and run until the string runs out. Again, they will be amazed at how
far it will go.

ART/SENSORY/HEALTH:
Make dinosaur soap eggs by mixing Ivory Snow flakes with water to form a
paste - have each child take about a 1 cup-size handful of the mixture.
Let each chid pick out a small (very small is good) plastic dinosaur.
Place the dinosaur in the middle of the mixture and form an egg shape
around it. Let dry, then take home and use as handsoap. To get the dino
out, kids have to wash their hands (well, except for that one kid who puts
it in the microwave or something)

ART/SCIENCE
Make dinosaur eggs by covering balloons TIGHTLY in flour/water paste. When
dry, paint with brown and green paint (we talked about how dinosaurs hid
their eggs from the meat eaters in mud and moss because the colors blended)
After class, cut a small slit in the balloon and insert a miniature
plastic dinosaur. Have kids take their balloons home and in a few days
tell them that the eggs are ready to hatch . When the kids crack the eggs
open, they'll find a wonderful surprise!

After discussing how volcanoes were active during the time of the dinosaurs
- make your own diorama with exploding volcano. Take a paper towel tube
and anchor with clay in the center of a copypaper box lid. Crumple up
newspaper surrounding the towel tube to begin forming a mountain shape.
Top with a layer of newpaper strips brushed with glue or dipped in flour
paste. Make sure to leave the hole in the tube uncovered. When dry, paint
and add dinosaurs, rocks, etc. I can't remember the eruption concoction -
but I'm sure someone on the ring knows. Lots of fun!

Painted with sponges shaped like dinosaurs.

Make fossils with leaves, etc. in clay. After drying, paint with brown
shoe polish to add that "aged" look.

Use clay to make dinosaur teeth necklaces (like shark tooth necklaces). Add
paint if desired. String and wear your necklaces! At circle, before we
did this, I made a "jaw-shape" (oval) about 6-8 feet long. We sat around
the edge of the jaw. After revealing that this was about the size of a
T-Rex's jaw, we estimated how many of us would fit into the jaws, then we
recorded our findings, making a couple of tries to make sure everyone had a
turn.

Make tin can stilts so you can stomp around like a dinosaur.

CIRCLE ACTIVITIES/MUSIC>
We sat inside a tape circle, covered ourselves with a sheet and used our
"Time Machine" to go back to the time when the dinosaurs lived. One
teacher stayed out and added some decorations while we were time traveling
(volcano pictures, etc - nothing fancy) We also had some special music for
dinosaur land,but I don't remember what it was. After arriving, we set off
in teams of four (we did this on a day that we had 2 volunteers) and looked
for dinosaur eggs (plastic eggs). Inside the eggs were pictures of
dinosaurs and some characteristics (plant or meat eater, special features,
etc.) The kids each remembered one characteristic and "reported" when we
all came back to circle. I almost forgot, we made some paper towel tube
binoculars to use on our hunt. Don't forget to get back in the Time
Machine again to return to the present. We left the sheet and some props
out at center time for the kids to use for dramatic play.

After talking about plant-eaters and meat-eaters, bring out two pieces of
paper. On one, have a picture of a Brontosaurus, on the other have a T-Rex
(we just used cut out and colored dittoes). Begin a discussion about the
"personalities" of these dinosaurs by letting the kids know the Bronto was
nicknamed the "gentle giant" and what Tyrannosaur means (in 5 year old
language!) Ask the kids for contributions of what they know about these
dinosaurs. Tell them that you are going to write some words by the
pictures of these dinosaurs and while you are writing, ask them to think
(to themelves) about how we act like Brontosauruses (?) or Tyrannosauruses.
On the papers, write "Bronto Behavior" and "Tyrannosaurus Tricks" (except
make sure you spell them right - it's getting late!) Write down the kids'
suggestions for each list. Later in the day (or in or case , the YEAR),
kids will love hearing that they are showing their Bronto Behavior. Also
gives you an easy schtick for being positive when disciplining ("I think
you're up to some of those Tyrannosaurus tricks", etc.) Our kids referred
to this poster almost every day. They showed their parents and explained
the idea to them. Far and away, the most interesting behavior modification
tool I have come across.

Do the "Dino-Pokey" (same tune as Hokey-Pokey, just change words (from
Mailbox magazine)
claws in/claws out/scratch 'em all about
feet in/feet out/stomp them all about
teeth in/teeth out/chomp them all about
tail in/tail out/wag it all about

COOKING:
Take hard boiled eggs and crack lightly all over, but do not peel. Have
each child fill up a cup with enough water to be able to cover the egg.
Let them choose a color to add (with food color) to their water. Place the
egg in the cup and let sit for several hours (we let ours sit from abotu 10
until 3). Not really a dino activity, but fun to eat for snack when talking
about dinosaur eggs.

Ice Cream cone volcano dioramas - give each child a bowl, have them scoop
some chocolate pudding in (at least enough to cover the bottom of the
bowl). Give each child a sugar cone and have them break of just the tip
and place upside down on the pudding. Using a spoon, have them drizzle
red/orange/yellow icing down thecone. Add green coconut for grass, gummi
dinosaurs and malted milk ball "rocks". We had a sample done ahead of
time. Yum!

SENSORY/SCIENCE:
Larger plastic dinosaurs with "accessories" in sand/water table.

We made fake dino bones and buried them in our sandbox outside - we took
our buckets/shovels (in two different groups) and dug them up.

MATH:
Mix-em-up dinosaur cards (front/middle/back) - these were just dittoes,
shrunk, laminated and cut into thirds.

Jennifer - MI
janeway@sirus.com
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Also, I saw that someone was doing dinosaurs. I have a fun idea. You take
plaster of Paris and mix it where it is stiff but not to stiff. Then you buy
the cheap dinosaurs at someplace like Wal Mart and put a dinosaur in a paper
cup and pour the plaster over it and then the children can go on a dinosaur
dig. They can use small hammers to get them out. Then they can use
paintbrushes to dust like paleontologist. If they do it right they will have
some fossils too.
Another fun thing we did was we cooked a turkey and then buried the bones in
potting soil. The child digs up a bone and then has to tell what part of the
dinosaur it might be. Hope these help.
From: ALange7958
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Have A Dino party!!!

We used this to culminate our unit of work on dinosaurs.
Get the kids to make masks of their favourite dinosaurs and have food all
with a prehistoric theme - green jelly with dino shaped lollies hidden in
it etc.
You can decorate your classroom to look like a jungle for the party - hang
green crepe paper streamers from the roof etc.
Let your imagination run wild!

Cath ( Sydney Australia)
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One of the things I did when I did a dinosaur unit a few years ago was to make
the layers of the earth out of jello. Each layer was a different color and I
put bananas in one layer for fossils, we used beach shovels to dig out the
bananas. It was alot of fun!

Lisa
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Here's a cute doggie game that promotes following class rules:
Doggie, Doggie Whose Got Your Bone?
Get a plastic bone from pet section of K-mart
Have one child sit in a chair at the front of the room with his/her back
toward everyone.
Everyone has to be very quiet as you select someone to ease up and get the
bone and quietly return to their place. As soon as this person is in their
spot, the class chants:
"Doggie, doggie whose got your bone?"
The "doggie" then gets to guess who has the bone. It really gets them
settled down! This is just something simple but it works!!
Harriette in Georgia
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Bake bone shaped cookies with the kids
-Make construction paper headbands and have the children design the ears
they wish to have
-Set out face paints
-Get a hold of a local kennel club and see if they have "trade" magazines
they will be discarding. I find these magazine a great source of pictures
for children to cut and paste.
-Learn the song "Bingo" and as an extension have your assistant run a simple
bingo for 15 minutes in the morning (I'm thinking a fast paced, silly
diversion with bingo dabbers and ditto sheets with animal pictures instead
of numbers, depending on your group)
-"I Wrote a Letter To My Love" is just another version of Duck, Duck, Goose.
-Give each child a tube sock to stuff with Fiberfil. Close the end with a
rubber band. Set out felt, wiggly eyes, fake fur, glue, yarn and blunt
needles. Have the children design their own cuddly pet to love and care.
Name them! Heck, let the children make leashes for these guys out of the
yarn!

Sharon
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Try to get a copy of Charlotte Diamond's "Ten Carrot Diamond" cd. The second
cut on it is "Oh, I Want to be a Dog" -- really cute, the kids will love it!
Also remember the old standard song "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window" !

You might even try a "carrying case" for the 'dogs' -- or a kennel -- or a dog
house -- using a large size cardboard box the kids help you to decorate. Put
dog symbols or names above the door to indicate how many pooches may occupy
the space at one time!

jeanne

letter "D": Ducks: Book:"Make Way for Ducklings. Song "Six Little Ducks" Make
simple duck pattern. Kids cut and glue ylw. feathers on. Game-tape feather on
'line leader's ' back as they sing 6 Little Ducks, take turns. Teach facts
about real ducks.
Donuts: Dramatic Play/set up a donut shop Center. Use pop/fresh dough or
playdoh . Have donated cups, napkins, boxes...from local donut shop. Children
cut brown circle as donut. Glue 'rainbow rice' on as sprinkles. Snack: Serve
mini donuts and allow each child to spread with frosting and real sprinkles.
Print the word for children to copy.
Circle song: "Down around the corner at the donut shop there were lots of
little donuts with sugar on top ;along came (child's name) all alone and
she/he took a (blank) donut home. Child chooses and names a color. Use pre=cut
donuts at Circle, reinforce colors and group participation. If desired , add
another 'skill' by putting a number or letter on the back and asking the child
to name it when they pick the donut.D is for dogs, dalmations. Make dogs/have
children cut and add dots to make into dalmations. Meanwhile have more dogs
(shrink on copier) dotted from 1 - 10 and 10 more with numerals on. Use at
Circle for #recog. and matching .If desired add felt to the back. Add color
coded collars to make the game easier if necessary.
D is for dinosaur. Put out lots!! Make a simple dino. pattern, copy onto green
paper.Kids add Bugle corn snacks or silver spikes. Teach facts about
stegosaurus.
D is for Dancing - gross motor.
D is for Dreams / open discussion /sleep issues.
D is for dolls/include in Dramatic play area
D is for dice. Make large ones from foam or order from Oriental Trading Co.
for # concepts.
D is for Dominoes/ matching and patterns.Laurie

Here's a poem to help children identify and print the d.

Lowercase d
By Mrs. Alphabet

First make a donut (o)
Then a donut dunker (l)
Dip the donut dunker kerplunker.
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Not original, just from my collection:

Doughnuts:
I put doughnuts in the mystery box to introduce this letter of the
alphabet. When mystery is solved, students get to "dig in to the
doughnuts"! I cut large doughnut shapes from construction paper. Cut the
doughnuts in half and write an upper-case letter on one and a lower case
letter on the other. Give each child a half and let them walk around
trying to match their halves of the doughnuts. Graph favorite doughnuts!

Diamond:
We study the diamond shape as well as the circle, square, rectangle, oval,
and triangle. I put a very big diamond outline with gym tape on the carpet
in the center of my room when we study the letter Dd. Students learn the
shapes quickly when they use them for group time.

Dogs:
We read many stories about Clifford, the Big Red Dog and students make a
large red dog for an art project to take home.

Dots:
Students decorate letter D shapes with dots made with a hole punch. Takes
time, but it helps build up the strength in those little hands.

Dandelion Seed Pictures:
Students brush glue on dark colored construction paper and then blow
dandelion seeds onto them. Good time to discuss how seeds travel.

Disappearing Ducks:
Sing and role play the following:
Six little ducks went out to play
Over the hill and far away.
Mother Duck said, "Quack, Quack, Quack,"
And five little ducks came waddling back.

Miscellaneous subjects to use include: Dads, daisies, dancing, dentist,
doctor, dime, dirt, dishes, & door.

Books to read: Ten Black Dots, Dandelion, Danny and the Dinosaur, Just Me &
My Dad, and Digging Up Dinosaurs

Virginia
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letter "D": Ducks: Book:"Make Way for Ducklings. Song "Six Little Ducks" Make
simple duck pattern. Kids cut and glue ylw. feathers on. Game-tape feather on
'line leader's ' back as they sing 6 Little Ducks, take turns. Teach facts
about real ducks.
Donuts: Dramatic Play/set up a donut shop Center. Use pop/fresh dough or
playdoh . Have donated cups, napkins, boxes...from local donut shop. Children
cut brown circle as donut. Glue 'rainbow rice' on as sprinkles. Snack: Serve
mini donuts and allow each child to spread with frosting and real sprinkles.
Print the word for children to copy.
Circle song: "Down around the corner at the donut shop there were lots of
little donuts with sugar on top ;along came (child's name) all alone and
she/he took a (blank) donut home. Child chooses and names a color. Use pre=cut
donuts at Circle, reinforce colors and group participation. If desired , add
another 'skill' by putting a number or letter on the back and asking the child
to name it when they pick the donut.D is for dogs, dalmations. Make dogs/have
children cut and add dots to make into dalmations. Meanwhile have more dogs
(shrink on copier) dotted from 1 - 10 and 10 more with numerals on. Use at
Circle for #recog. and matching .If desired add felt to the back. Add color
coded collars to make the game easier if necessary.
D is for dinosaur. Put out lots!! Make a simple dino. pattern, copy onto green
paper.Kids add Bugle corn snacks or silver spikes. Teach facts about
stegosaurus.
D is for Dancing - gross motor.
D is for Dreams / open discussion /sleep issues.
D is for dolls/include in Dramatic play area
D is for dice. Make large ones from foam or order from Oriental Trading Co.
for # concepts.
D is for Dominoes/ matching and patterns.Laurie
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From: bkramer@mediaone.net (Barbara Kramer)

*Books: Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner, Dr. DeSoto

* Stick dots (like for a garage sale) on cut out of "D"

* Donuts:
Use buscuits that come in can from refrigerated section in grocery. Use
center of donut cutter to cut out center of biscuit. Fry in hot oil in
electric fry pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Yum!

* Make designs with pattern blocks
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Kim ;D

Activity D
Make a drum. Any food container with a plastic lid will work. You can use
margarine tubs, coffee cans, or drink mix canisters. Wrap brightly colored
construction paper around your drum and glue into place. Your child can
decorate the drum with buttons, paper scraps, yarn, and other misc. craft
materials. Use permanent marker to write both an upper and lower case D on
the plastic lid. Use pencils as drum sticks and as your child beats his drum
he should say "d, d, d, d, d." It might also be fun to turn on your child's
favorite tape and beat along with the music.

•Paper Dolls
Cut out and decorate paper dolls to form a multi-cultural garland, decorate
with crayons, markers or paint. If done on posterboard, decorate sections with
scrap material, rickrack, buttons, yarn, etc.

•Big D Shape
Cut out big D shapes from construction paper or posterboard and paste on paper
punch holes (dots).


•Desk Organizer
Cut PT tubes into various lengths. Paint each tube a different color. Glue
the tubes (grouped in a bunch - 4-5) to a piece of painted corrugated
cardboard. Use to hold pencils, rulers, paint brushes, scissors, etc...

•Dachshund Pencil Holder
For the body, remove the side of a paper towel with scissors to make sort of a
well. Cover the tube and only one end with construction paper. For the head,
cut a circle of paper 5" . Cut a 1/3 wedge out of the circle. Fold the
remaining 2/3 into a cone shape and tape together. Tape the head to the body.
Add paper ears, draw on eyes, a mouth and a nose. For the tail, glue a piece
of chenille stick to the covered end of the tube. For legs attach 4 small
corks with glue.

•DAYS - days of the week.
Kids can look at the calendar and talk about different days of the week. Why
are mon-fri different from Sat + sun?? Also, they can sing the song from
Barney;
(sung to the melody "oh my darlin' clemantine")

Sunday, monday,
Tuesday, wednesday,
Thursday, Friday,
Saturday!!

(repeat!) --> this will help kids learn the order of days!

Another Days of the Week Song
(sung to the tune of "Alouette")

Sunday, Monday,
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday
Friday,Saturday,
And let's begin again.
Sunday, Monday,
Tuesday- Wednesday-Thursday,
Friday, Saturday,
And that will be the end!


•DOG -
Read the book "Go Dog Go" (Dr. Suess). Sing, "how much is that Doggy in the
window?" (complete with barking sounds!!)

•DADDY
Make an "I love Daddy" card! Simply take a piece of construction paper, bend
it in half. Color (or paint) a picture of Daddy (or for Daddy--if drawing
daddy is too hard!) Than, on the inside write "I love you Daddy!!" (Daddy
has 3 D's in it!!)
We changed the words to the song, "I love you Conrad" from Bye Bye Birdie
to "I Love You Daddy" (can change the name to anyone! The kids love to sing
this one!)
goes like this;

"I love you Daddy, oh yes I do..."
I love you Daddy, and you'll be true!
When I'm not near you, I'm blue!
Oh Daddy, I love you!!!"


•Go for a Dandelion Walk
walk the neighborhood looking for dandelions. When you find them, help the
children to pull them up from their base--getting the roots if you can--the
kids will think they are pretty and you will be "weeding" the neighborhood at
the same time!

•Doughnuts
Use 1 package refrigerated biscuit dough. Punch a hole in the middle of each
buscuit (a bottle cap will work). Fry in 1 inch of hot oil for about 1 minute
or until light brown on both sides (fry the "holes" too). When cool, shake in
a bag of cinnamon mixed with sugar, brown sugar, or powdered sugar.


•Dinosaur Crowns
Cut sponges into the shapes of tyrannosaurus dinosaur footprints. Fold paper
towels in half and place them in shallow containers. Pour a small amount of
brown tempera paint on top of each towel. Give the children crowns cut out of
construction paper. Let the children cover their crown with dinasaur
footprints by pressing the sponge stanps first into the paint and then onto
their papers. When the paint has dried, write"tyrannosaurus(child's name) on
the front of each crown

•Daisies
Have the children cut out a circle and glue it to the center of a paper plate.
Show them how to cut petals in a variety of colors and glue them around the
circle to form a daises. Have the children add stems and leaves.

•Dads
Ask the children to draw and color large pictures of their dads (or another
important male figure in their lives). Have them tell you something special
about their dads to write down on the pictures.

•Ducks
Have the children pretend to be ducks out for a walk. As they waddle, ask them
to make the sound of D.

•Dodge Ball
Have the children form a circle facing inward. Choose two or three children to
go inside the circle, the other children throw balls into the center trying to
touch on of the inside children. If they are successful, they exchange places
with the children they hit.

•Dirt Dessert
Give each child a small paper cup with 1/2 C. Vanilla Yogurt. Let them measure
and crush 1/4 C. Granola and sprinkle it over the yogurt for "dirt".

•Detective Work
What has a blue body, four legs, a balk head, and a gaping mouth? Answer, a
mailbox. This is a guessing game in which you try to provide as few clues as
possible about an odject you see. The children continue to ask questions
until they get the answer. You can play this game anywhere! During your
walks, in the house, in the car etc! ----the first child to get the answer
selects the next object to be "discovered". For younger children, keep the
activity simple. (ex) you might give clues for a yellow house with a cat in
the window by saying, "I'm thinking of something big and yellow where a kitty
lives." You'll find a world of clues right at your door step. From street
signs and cars to inch-worms and birds....it's all fair game for this game!


•Drizzle Goo

1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup water
food coloring
Mix all together and put in squeeze bottle. Drizzle on paper, or on a hot day
- your friends!

•Dig for worms --
we found quite a few yesterday! It must be spring!

•Dial Pad
cut and paste a telephone Dial pad and teach the kids to Dial 9-1-1 and/or
their home phone numbers

•The Donut Shop
Well, I walked around the corner
and I walked around the block
and I walked right into the donut shop
and I picked up a donut
and I licked off the grease
and I handed the lady my five cent piece.
Well, she looked at the nickel
and she looked at me
and she said, "This nickel is no good to me,
there's a hole in the middle and it goes right through."
"But lady there's a hole in my donut, too!"
Thanks for the donut (click)...you bet!!

or this version, slightly different
.WELL I walked around the corner
...And I walked around the block
...And I walked right into a bakery shop
...And...I...picked a donut right out of the grease
...and I handed the lady a five cent piece!
...WELL... SHE..... looked at the money and she looked at me,
...and she said, "THIS MONEY iS NO GOOD TO ME"
..."THERE'S A HOLE IN THE MIDDLE AND IT GOES RIGHT THROUGH..."
...Said I ....."THERE'S A HOLE IN THE DONUT TOO"...


•Dirt Parfaits
We used this during our dino. unit, but it would be equally good for any
earth/garden related themes.

In a clear cup, help the child layer spoonfuls of :
Chocolate cookie crumbs
Vanilla Yogart
Rasians
Grahm cracker crumbs
Peanuts


•Dotted D
Color the letter Dd and glue on dots (the pieces of paper you get

*Dippy Donut Song
(tune: Baa Baa Black Sheep) but I prefer it as a chant.

Yum, yum, Donuts.
Chocolate iced,
Glazed and twisted,
Warm and nice.
Cream filled,
Peanuts on the top.
Long John! Jelly!
I can't stop!
Better than a sticky roll,
Eat them right down to the hole!

D: dance to soft music. Try up and down movements as you move.