Have these activity centers set up and encourage your students to pay a visit to each one during the day.
Acorns: On heavy paper draw large letter A's. Provide acorns and invite the students to glue the acorns to the outline.
Addresses: Provide different colored papers and have students cut and paste to make a picture of their home. Cut out the house shapes and ask the students to tell their address (if they know it). Print it on the house picture and then add the houses to a bulletin board display titled "I Know My Address"
Aluminum A: Provide strips of foil. Ask students to cut small squares from the strips and glue them on to big letter A's and small letter a's.
Rough and Smooth A's: Provide letter A's and a's cut from sandpaper and some cut from silky fabric. Ask the children to trace the shapes with their fingers and describe how they feel.
Foamy A's: Spray shaving cream on a table or desktop. Encourage students to draw the letters with their fingers in the shaving cream. (Your classroom will smell so good after this activity!)
A is for Animals: Provide pictures and books about animals. Allow the students time to look through them and then to choose their favorite. They can then draw a picture and underneath the picture print the sentence: My animal is a _______ Provide a dish of animal crackers so that each child may find their animal and eat it after they have completed their task.
A is for Apples: An adult helper must be at this station. The adult could cut apples across the width of the fruit to sh ow the pattern of a star inside. Then cut the apple into small chunks and on a hot plate or in an electric frying pan show the students how to make applesauce. On apple-shaped paper print: A is for applesauce. Children could then illustrate the making of the applesauce.
Abacus: Young children will love to hear and say the word "abacus". Have several set up and allow the children to play with them and explore them. If any of them are ready to try out numbers with the beads show them a few simple examples.