Friday, August 10, 2012

Finally Getting Ahead on the Alphabet Challenge- A starting list for letters F-Z

Managing to do a letter a day for 26 days is turning out to be quite the challenge! Organizing my ideas for each letter was the biggest hurdle, much less actually doing them! So far, a whopping 3 days in, I do think it’s helping a little with the craziness that comes with my boys having too much together-time the past two months. Hopefully, it'll make the transition back to school a little easier for them too.
I finally sat down and hashed out a few ideas for each letter.  I’ll update this list as I think of more ideas and get closer to the days that are a little sparse on the ideas. You could always check the blog where I got the inspiration for this challenge. She was smarter and more organized having spread it out over the whole summer! (I’ve posted a list for letters A, B, C,D, or E.) Here’s my work in progress:


  • Finding Faces- Look for them all over: cars, tree trunks, clouds, etc...
  • fruit
  • figs
  • Frankfurters, French Fries
  • Fish- Eat them in stick form... so fancy for a day about F! ;)
  • Frisbee
  • Invite Friends Over
  • Footprint Art- This is so cute and easy to do.   Get a canvas and paint it whatever color you want, leaving it white is a cute option too.  Then paint the bottom of your kids feet and place their foot on the canvas.  Do it haphazardly and it’ll turn out adorable.
  • Fire Station Tour- They’ve always been accommodating to us when we’ve dropped by if we see they’re not on a call. You could always bake something or bring something to the firefighters.
  • Funny Faces- Take pictures!
  • Flashlight Tag
  • Go fishing! 
  • Float in the pool
  • Flags- Maybe make this one:
American Flag


  • Garlic
  • Gatorade
  • Graham Crackers
  • Grapes
  • Golf on the Greens (or Putt-Putt with a fancier term for today)
  • Games
  • Gifts- Make some for a neighbor or friend.
  • Glue


  • Hula Hoop
  • Honey
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hide and Seek
  • Horses- Go see some and feed them hay.


  • Ice Cream or Italian Ice
  • Italian foods & Italy
  • Initial Art


  • Jelly or Jam- Make some or just eat it!
  • Jewelry- Fancy or Macaroni works just the same.
  • Jello
  • Jokes
  • Jog
  • Jump
  • Juggle
  • Jets (the balloon variety- post coming soon about this)
  • Journal- Lots of schools have incentives for kids to keep one over the summer.  It doesn’t matter if you’re starting it in the last half of August.  You could also start one between you and your child where you write each other notes back and forth.  Decorate a composition book today for this.


  • Kick Ball
  • Kites
  • Kettle Corn
  • Kabobs
  • Kindness- What projects can your family come up with for this?
  • (Putty) Knife- This art by Katie Bower looks fun and a small canvas would be fun for a kid to do!


  • Lunch
  • Loaders- Go to a construction site to see them, build them out of Legos, etc
  • Laser Tag- Get some friends together and go for it.
  • Lavender- Is it even in season right now?


  • Mango
  • Mohawks- Here’s another to get a picture of!
  • Magic- Learn some tricks.
  • Mud Factory-  I have boys.  This will be easy for them.
  • Marshmallow Shooters- Post on this coming soon!
  • Mother May I
  • Marbles


  • Nature Rubbings- I think kids always like these.  I like that they’ll be outside and focused on something other than fighting with each other!
  • Nuggets- Gold, chicken, it doesn’t matter!
  • Noodles- maybe alphabet ones to eat or pool noodles to play and craft with?


  • Obstacle Course
  • Oranges
  • Orangutans
  • Orange Sherbet
  • Ocean
  • Octogons


  • Pinatas- water balloon style (Hang water balloons as a pinata.)
  • Parachute
  • Perry the Platypus- Watch “Phineas and Ferb” or read a book about a Platypus.
  • Pineapple
  • Peach
  • Peppers
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Popsicles
  • Politeness and Please- Say it often! Earn Points for each time you catch them doing these things!
  • Puppets


  • Quiet game- Please can my kids get really competitive with this game while we’re in the car?!
  • Queen
  • Questions- Kids ask a lot of questions.  As frustrating as it can be for us, it’s a great thing.  Encourage it on Q day.


  • Raspberries
  • Read
  • Rubbings of Nature again!
  • Rose
  • Rowing- Kayaking, anyone?
  • Roosters


  • Soap carving with a plastic knife- let the kids create whatever they want.
  • Simon Says
  • Shop!
  • Sharks- Get some books or watch the Discovery Channel
  • Sand
  • Serve a volleyball or tennis ball-  Go to a local park.  They probably have a volleyball net


  • Tag, you’re it!
  • Tacos
  • TV
  • Twister- Have you painted the board on your lawn, or do you play on the mat from the box?
  • Toe Puppets- Just draw funny faces on the bottoms of their toes and listen to them giggle!



  • Vase- Kids could paint or decorate one
  • I’ll have to get back to you on this one!


  • Worm hunting
  • “What if?”- How many silly “what if?” questions can you think of?


I feel sorry for this letter.  It only ever gets credit for xylophone and being in words like extra.  We may have to come up with something with that thought in mind.


  • Yogurt
  • Yodeling- This may be too much for me…
  • Yo-Yo


  • Zoo
Yikes, now that I took way too much of your time… Wait, is anyone still reading?!... These are my starting thoughts for this crazy rushed project I started.   Projects every day for 26 days?!  What was I thinking?!

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