What are the steps?
Step 1: Make Fun Paper
Step 2: Fold the "Cootie Catcher"
Step 3: Add words to your catcher
Step 4: Other ideas to enrich this learning activity
Step 1: Make Some Fun Paper
Step 2: Fold the Paper Into a Cootie Catcher
Using a square piece of paper, bring two ends together and pinch the inside, repeat with the other side. Draw an “x” on your pinches. Bring the corners in towards the “X” and fold.
Step 3: Adding Words to Your Cootie Catcher
After we wrote the "outside" or "half-a" words, we opened up our cootie catcher and filled in the rest of the words: bad, cat, sat, pad, rap, van, can, & tap. Now there are 12 short-a word combinations for your children to use to practice their reading and motor skills at the same time! Here are some other resources for teaching your preschooler to read.
Step 4: More Learning Ideas
Optional: You can open the flaps and add sentences.
- Matt the fat rat sat on a mat. As he sat he pat his bat.
- Gran and Dan ran to the van to get a pan.
- Rap, tap, tap, clap your lap.
Or you can write a group of similar words to practice together:
- ap, cap, gap, lap, map, nap, rap, sap, tap, clap, etc.
- at, bat, cat, hat, fat, mat, nat, pat, rat, sat, tat, chat, flat, etc.
- ad, bad, dad, had, lad, mad, pad, sad, tad, glad, brad, etc.
- an, can, Jan, fan, man, pan, nan, ran, van, gran, plan, etc.