It is D week with our Preschool letter of the week series. Here are some of our favorite books about Dogs. Followed by that, you will find a list of simple activities!
- Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
- Go, Dog, Go by PD Eastman
- Always a favorite! We have this on repeat with our 21 month old right now.
- Big Dog, Little Dog by PD Eastman
- I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words (Full version) by Michael Firth
- The Diggingest Dog by Al Perkins
- Clifford the Collection by Norman Bridwell
- A collectiong of 6 classic Clifford tales.
- Wet Dog by Elise Broach
- This is one of our favorites. It took a couple of read throughs for me to realize that I need to imagine myself as a story teller from the New Orleans while I read the book. The dog in this book is endearing…and WET!
- ¡Perros! ¡Perros! Dogs! Dogs! (Bilingual) by Ginger Fogelsong Guy
- This bilingual book is seamlessly weaves Spanish and English for a fun read.
Board Books (for younger children)
- I’ll Teach My Dog a lot of Words by Michael Firth
- This is the shortened, board book version of I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words
- Clifford’s Bedtime (Bilingual) and Clifford’s Animal Sounds (Bilingual) by Norman Bridwell
- Two bilingual books that would be a great first introduction to Spanish!
- Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
- A favorite lift-the-flap book. This one will be so beloved that after a while it may require some some tape to hold together.
- Doggies by Sandra Boynton
- A fun counting (and barking!) book.
Download this PRINTABLE BOOK LIST to take with you to the library: D is for Dog Book List
- Make your own Dd is for Dog watercolor page.
- Talk about the sound that D makes. We use the Letter Factory Song (to the tune of the Farmer in the Dell):
- The D says, “duh.” The D says “duh.” Every letter makes a sound. The D says “duh.”
- See if your child can think of any other words that start with “duh.” Duck, donut, dad, dinosaur,etc.
- Check out books on these topics too!
- Draw a bubble letter D and have your child put stickers in the open space. This is good for fine motor skills as well.
- Download this free letter of the week coloring sheet. You can use this for dot-a-dot, coloring, or stickering. Alphabet Coloring Sheets (variety pack) PDF
- Try these Upper and Lower Case Dot-a-Dot sheets that include a letter recognition portion.
Math and Science
- Look at a dog (or picture of a dog) and talk about/count different parts of the dog (2 ears, 2 eyes, 4 legs, 1 tail, etc).
- See if your child can name animals with…
- no legs
- 2 legs
- 4 legs
- Learn the names of different breeds of dogs. Talk about how they are different.
- Keep a count of how many dogs you see this week.
- Talk about the difference between wild dogs and domesticated dogs. Name some wild dogs you might see at a zoo.
Music and Art
- Sing B-I-N-G-O
- Sing 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 little doggies to the tune of 10 Little Indians.
- Act like a dog!
- Walk on all fours
- Wag your tail
- Lick water from a bowl
- Roll over
- Play dead
- Play fetch