Things that start with letter N for preschool curriculum activities

Sensory bin

It seems like just yesterday I was starting the alphabet. How did we get to letter N already?! As usual, let’s start things off with the outdoor sensory bin.

Night Owl & Moon

Use this hands-on interactive flash card set for learning capital and lowercase letters. Add your abc cards to a sensory bin for a group or independent activity center. They are a great tool to teach students how to recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.

Incorporate them into daily/weekly lessons plans to demonstrate initial sounds during circle time.

Laminate this activity and re-use it throughout your preschool & kindergarten literacy centers over the years, incorporate into morning work, or use to enhance reading skills.

A modernized approach of Zoo-Phonics animals.

The perfect idea for a rainy day

Excellent for quiet time work stations

⭐️Your kiddos will learn to: Identify, recognize, and match uppercase and lowercase letters.

⭐️Common core CCSS.RF.K.1d

Noodles

This was last minute sensory, and all I had were these pasta shapes. I cooked them up, and tossed them in a little but of oil so they didn’t stick together. Next I added some wooden spoons, drops of food coloring (with a drop of dish soap to prevent stains), and some pots and pans with water. The kids squeezed, mixed, ripped, and “cooked” the noodles.

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Nest scavenger hunt

Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? These are so fun, and a great activity set to prep at the beginning of the year. I have a file folder tub from A-Z in storage, where I have all letters prepped for easy lesson planning. Just pull one out and you’re good to go! This is the letter N from my A-Z set. You can check it out more here.

I typically alternate how I hide the polaroids. Sometimes I give them independent baskets, sometimes I do them as a group basket. I chose to do individual this time, so I can replicate a birds nest with this beautiful neutral beans and rice mix that I made.

Have the kids search for a polaroid and match them to the page or mark them off.

Nails

Sometimes I forget how much I love this activity. It does go pretty quickly, so I slow it down by only handing them a few papers at a time. Try it for free in the learning library! Click the email button below for instant access.

Print your pages double sided.

Printers have different alignment settings for double sided printing. You may have to adjust yours accordingly.

Cut into sections of 4 so there is only one hand on each part.

To a tray or dish with water, add the paper with the colored nails face down. Watch the color bleed through and the nails will change color!

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Newspaper musical cards

I like to think I made this game up…but who knows how many classrooms this already exists in 😂. I definitely thought it up by myself, no help from Pinterest. Can you believe it?! Ha ha.

It is exactly how it sounds. Musical chairs, but with cards!

All of the cards lay image side down. One card is the “out” card.

Kids raise their hand high as the music plays, and then grab a card when it stops.

The person who got the “out” card is out! Keep going until there is only one left.

This particular time I wanted to try something different. I gave the kids a code word to listen for as I told a story. When they hear the code word they have to grab a card. It was definitely more challenging for them.

This set is not available in my store, however I do a few others (and more to come…always more to come). Check them out here!

Nautical

It’s safe to say…lately I like taking the easiest path possible ha ha. We have these sea stars and shells in the science area, so I decided to display them on the table with different tools to analyze and compare them. I don’t know why I’m always so shocked when the kids LOVE these last minute ideas.

Necklace open ended play

Remember that A-Z file folder tub I talked about earlier? This is another set I have stored in there! So extremely versatile and beneficial to developing minds.

What is open ended play?

It is a way to play without any structure or guidance, allowing the child to explore without the fear of mistakes. The child is allowed to express themself freely and creatively without judgement or micromanagement. They will enhance cognitive development, social and language skills, problem solving and more.

⭐️When choosing the loose parts I always aim for at least 5 different items with different textures, sizes, and shapes.

⭐️I simply leave the display on the table and let the kids take it from there. They chose their own mat and what to build on it. Of course they are going to ask “What are we doing?” “What is this?”. I first ask them, what they think. I then let them know what the page looks like to me, and they take it from there.

⭐️The best part about these pages, is that they are for ANY age! We have a range of 2-5 in our class and they all love these pages. I’m sure even up to age 8 would love them. Hey, if you as the teacher want to do them I won’t judge .

Check out the full set here

Try the letter K for Kingdom for free in the learning library! Click the email button below for instant access. You can refer to my letter K blog for guidance on how I set it up in the classroom.

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Dramatic Play

Niello Dealership

This local dealership was so kind and donated some items for this dramatic play. I made some badges, license plates and drivers license to go along. It was a hit!

Should I add a dealership set to my store? Let me know below!

Nail Salon

COMING SOON!!

I am currently working on this listing for my store and will have it up soon! Click here to be updated when it is available 🙂

Need a great book for your letter of the week circle time? Check out my children’s alphabet picture book series on Amazon ABC Discovery

Here’s a sneak peek below

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