Flip-flaps are a fun platform for practicing writing, spelling, sequencing and drawing. A flip-flap is very similar to a flip chart or a weekly calendar. Kids get to explore days of the week, track special and routine activities on each day, practice writing time, and have fun drawing pictures. This is a great opportunity to model and practice spelling and to discuss yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
What You Need:
- 12” x 17” paper
- colored pencils or markers
What You Do:
- Take a 12” x 17” paper and fold in half the long way “hot-dog style”.
- Cut six evenly spaced slits perpendicular to the fold on one half only to make seven flaps.
- First, write the days of the week on the top of the flap. Make sure to prompt your child in a positive tone: “What is the first day of the week on the calendar?" After she has identified all the days, ask your child to copy the words from a real calendar. Encourage proper capitalization.
- Next, work together to discuss and draw pictures inside each flap for special or regular things that happen on each day. Here are some questions to help you and your child brainstorm:
- Where do you go on Mondays?
- What do we do on Saturdays?
- What special event happens every Sunday?
- Help your child to label each picture, modeling spelling and neat handwriting. Also, help your child write times, in digital format, next to each activity.
- When you’re finished, have your child read her flip-flap to another person so she can show off her work and share about what she is up to this week. This activity works well as a weekly routine.
Carrie Birgbauer, M.A. taught for nine years in private elementary schools throughout the Bay Area. She earned a Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development multiple subject teaching credential and master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of San Francisco.