Alphabet Puppets/Stuffed Animals (a little long, sorry)

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  1. MorahMe

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    I plan on doing a mystery bag twice a week using the letter of the week. For one day, I want to put in a food beginning with the letter, and the other day will be a puppet or stuffed animal. Obviously, the kids will get to eat the food and play with the stuffed animal on those days. I'm having a little trouble thinking of something for every letter though (I want to get as many of them as I can before the year starts, as I don't have my teacher's edition yet, so I don't know the exact order I'm teaching the letters in.) Here's what I have so far (* means I already have the animal, >means I need it, it's just an idea, and ? means I have no idea) I need suggestions, both for more ideas for each one that I don't have yet, so that I don't get stuck on one thing, and for places in NYC I can get them for less than $5 each, because my bank account is empty!

    >Alligator
    *Bear
    >Cat
    *Dolphin
    *Elephant
    >Fish/Flamingo
    >Gorilla/Goose/Goat
    *Horse
    >Indian/Iguana
    ? J
    >Kangaroo/Koala
    >Lion ( I thought I had one, but it doesn't seem to be in the family toy chest)
    *Moose
    >Nurse
    >Owl/Octopus/Ostrich/Otter
    *Penguin, Panda
    >Queen
    *Rabbit
    >Snake/Squirrel
    *Turtle
    ?U
    ?V
    >Walrus/Whale
    ?X (I'm thinking of dropping the stuffed animal/puppet idea for this, and just bringing in a toy xylophone)
    >Yak
    >Zebra

    Suggestions?
     
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  3. MissJennifer

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    in Zoo Phonics the characters for those letters are:

    J- Jerry Jellyfish
    U - Umber Umbrella Bird
    V - Vincent Vampire Bat
    X - Xavier Fox

    Good luck! :)
     
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    J-Jaguar
    V-Vulture
    X-Ox
     
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    U-unicorn
    X-Xavier (x marks the spot) craft for this on DLTK kids it is a map with a pirate hat, eye patch, etc. could be made into a paper bag puppet.

    I have done something similar and there were letters I had to substitute the puppet for something else, it works. Have fun with it!
     
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    I LOVE Zoo Phonics!!!:love:
     
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    Teach "x" as an ending sound, as others suggested with fox and ox. As an aside, a good, simple x book is Baby in the Box by Frank Asch.

    You can make inexpensive stick puppets by laminating a photo of the animal and attaching it to a craft stick.
     
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    Thanks so much everyone! I'm not sure I'd want to use some of these suggestions, but I'm definitely going with fox for x, and jellyfish for J. I still have to decide about U and V...more suggestions are welcome!

    Someone messaged me today that they have a lion, kangaroo, and a rabbit for me! (The rabbit I have is purple, and I'd prefer a more realistic color.)
     
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    Today I got:

    *Frog
    *Lion
    *Kangaroo
    *Unicorn

    and a rabbit I'm not so happy with. Does anyone know anywhere in NYC (in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Staten Island) where I can get puppets or stuffed animals for less than $5, other than Amazing Savings? (I've gotten all they have at the moment)
     
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    I use Zoo Phonics and I have a Beanie Baby stuffed animal to represent each letter. Even if you are not using the Zoo Phonics curriculum, I suggest using all animals to represent the letters. Kids just seem to gravitate to animals plus you can extend your curriculum by having the children learn a few facts about each animal.
     
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    What do you still need? You could check Ebay for beanie babies.
     
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    Wow, those are so nice! I don't even need them (teaching 6th grade) but I want them!!!:lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    check freecyle, and garage sales, and Once Upon a Child

    also amazon.com

    Here are some I found on amazon for under 5 dollars except the Yak which is over 5:

    Ty Beanie Babies-Seaweed the Otter for $1.49

    waks the yak (Nepal) for $10.99 (the yak might be the most expensive cause it will be harder to find.)

    Ty Beanie Babies Jester the fish for $0.75

    Aurora Black Bear for $4.64

    http://www.enasco.com/product/SB40553J these are also pricey but very cute!

    also the other alphabet puppets that were mentioned are a little cheaper on the Kaplan website, but they still are pricey.
     
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    what about donor's choose?
     
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    I'm in a private school, no donor's choose for me! I'm getting there with this though, slowly but surely. Someone I know was near some yard sales and dollar stores today, so I got some like that, and my facebook friends seem to be pulling their weight as well...
     
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    I used the pirate template when I talk the letter x. We did it as X marks the spot and talked about a treasure map. We made the pirate puppet tht day. The next day I set up a treasure hunt with clues throughout the building. The clues ended up bringng us back to the classroom and the treasure was cupcakes which another teacher had set out on the table for me when we got to the other end of the building
     
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    Will look into it. Thanks Alice!
     

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