We are so excited to be taking part in the 31 Days of ABCs this October!  If you have not already, be sure to check out all the previous posts in the series.  Each post is hosted by a different blogger and has a link-up at the bottom where anyone can post ideas for that letter . . . a great way to gather resources for learning letters this fall!  Be sure to link up your own ideas below!

Our letter for the day is C.  Of course we are doing the Spanish letter C (pronounced “say”), but feel free to link up English or Spanish posts below.  The Spanish C can say the “s” sound like in the word cinco.  It can also say the “k” sounds like in our words for the day: calabaza and casa.  For fun practice saying all your letters in Spanish watch this video on YouTube–it is our favorite Spanish alphabet song.

Not too long ago I found a super fun counting video in Spanish about calabazas.  After finding it, I decided to make some little pumpkins that we could use to act out the song as we sang it.  Here is what you will need:
pintura anaranjada (orange paint)
limpiapipas verdes y cafés (green and brown pipecleaners)
tijeras (scissors)
pinceles (paintbrushes)
un cartón de huevos (an egg carton)
Cut out egg holders and trim them.

Paint them all orange.

Once all your little calabazas are dry, carefully poke a hole in the top of each one with your tijeras.

Next, cut your brown limpiapipas into small pieces and fold them in half for the stems.

Then cut your green limpiapipas in slightly longer pieces and wrap them around a pencil to make the curly leaves/vines and wrap those around  the brown stems.

And voila!  Your very own little calabazar.

Next you will need to make a little casa.  Gather these materials:
papel rojo y papel amarillo (red paper and yellow paper)
una caja de cartón (a cardboard box)
cinta adhesiva (tape)
pegamento (glue)
tijeras (scissors)
Take the cardboard box apart on the long edge (we used an old ceral box).  Then turn it inside out and tape it back together.  Cut the top in a triangular shape.  With your colored paper, make un triángulo rojo, dos cuadros amarillos, and un rectángulo amarillo.  Glue them all on the little casa and then you are ready to play along with the song Cinco calabazas from Spanish Together.  
What I love about this song is that is teaches counting, C vocabulary (cinco, casa, calabaza), and feelings in Spanish.  In case you did not catch all of the words or their meanings, I made a FREE printable with the lyrics and vocabulary that you can get here.  You also have my permission to print these photos below to use as visual aids for the song if you would like, in case you do not have all the materials to make the calabazas and casa.  I hope you enjoy this song as much as we did.  Don’t forget to link up your own posts about the letter C!!

I will also be linking this post up with For the Kids Fridays at SunScholars.com, Sharing Saturday at CraftyMomsShare.blogspot.com, the weekly Kids Co-op at ReadingConfetti.com, Mom’s Library at TrueAimEducation.com, and Show-and-Share Saturday Link-up at ICanTeachMyChild.com!

31 Days of ABCs - October 2013