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Other themes and skills:
* Climate & Weather
2 to 6 years old
* This activity will help children learn shapes, colors
and how shapes create things.
* Present or reinforce letter H is for House
* You can also focus on other themes such as: My Home,
a season, weather conditions
or a holiday event, such a winter holiday or other
special holiday your family celebrates to portray in the house
Activity #1: Alphabet Lesson Plan for
H is for House or Home Activities - Ages 2.5+
This is an opportunity to present letter H for the first time or
reinforce letter recognition.
image focuses on the upper case letter. Show the children
how the letter H is part of the house. Discuss that the
word home and house both have the h initial sound.
Activity #2: Book
Activity: The Shape of Things
author Dayle Ann Doods,
Illustrated by Julie Lacome
Refer to this related book activity to present how shapes form
things. It is the perfect companion to presenting the house
craft below. Tell the children they will make a house made of
Activity #3: Easy Shapes House or Home Craft
* The black and white version of the shapes template allows
for more creativity to decorate the shape pieces separately with a
variety of materials, then cut out and glue to the house template.
* Print house template - the children will paste the
templates to this page. Suggestion: print on light blue
paper for a blue sky background.
* Print shapes template in color or black and white.
1. Decide on what season and weather conditions you
would like to portray for the house scene: spring, summer,
fall or winter, and then choose a sunny, rainy, or snowy day, or a
holiday event. Select materials, colors and textures based on
your scene choice.
2. Cut small pieces of construction paper to make shingles on
the roof triangle. This same technique can be used to fill the small
triangle pieces that will form the pine trees with small pieces of
3. Glue different colors of
tissue paper on the pieces, instead of coloring, and then cut out
4. Add decorations to windows and doors: a button for the door
knob or small pieces of wrapping paper to make curtains on the
5. Add flowers and other plants to the front of the house,
or yellow, orange red construction paper to form fall leaves,
or cotton balls for snow.
6. Use small pieces of blue yarn to
resemble falling rain or make a picket fence to see rectangle forms.
7. Add a sun to the scene and
fill the cloud with cotton balls for a Spring or Summer scene.
8. Decorate the home for a particular
holiday, like Christmas --put decorations on the door (wreath), and
decorate the trees. Christmas stickers or left over wrapping
paper can be used to add these elements.
9. Stickers are also a great option to add other elements to discuss
the seasons, climate/weather. You can help child draw in people
figures of your family and pets to reinforce a My Home (family)
*Set wooden blocks or Lego blocks for children to make
*After the children have completed their house ask them to describe
them: the colors, the shapes and anything they may want to
express about their creations.
Easy Shapes House
Shapes template in color
or black and white.
* two pieces of white paper
* crayons, markers
* Read instructions to add a variety
of materials to decorate the house scene.
* Include a book about shapes before starting the craft. Check
the book recommendation.