Letter of The Week

Yarn y

Letter of the week y craft

Y is always tricky but this craft does double duty not only reinforcing the letter y, but also as a active fine motor skills lacing toy! As you can see I wasn’t fussy about how my son laced it. I wanted him to get the yarn through the holes not make perfect stitches. Holding the yarn in between his thumb and fingers also promotes the tripod grip ( proper way to hold writing tools).

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, a hole punch, some markers, yarn, scissors and tape. Letter of the week y craft
  2. Write a lowercase ( would work great with uppercase too ) on your cardboard. Letter of the week craft
  3. Hand it to your child and invite them to color it with markers.  My son has taken to tracing and writing the letter on it. Letter of the week craft
  4. Add more colors until they decide they are done. Letter of the week craft
  5. While they are coloring cut off a long piece  of yarn and double it, so it make a bog loop. Tape the 2 ends together tightly so that it makes a hard end for easy lacing. Letter of the week craft
  6. Cut the y out. Letter of the week craft
  7. Hole punch time!  Our card board was too thick for my son to punch the holes, if the cereal box in the picture hasn’t had writing on the inside ( why do they do that?!) it would have been great. If your child can help , have them help. Letter of the week craft
  8. Before you hand the y back thread the yarn through the first hole and loop it back through the yarn so it ties onto the y. This eliminates meltdowns about the yarn just zooming through all the holes. As well as keeps the 2 pieces together for later use! Letter of the week craft
  9. Lace! I laced the first two holes to demonstrate it to my son then let him at it. Letter of the week craft
  10. Keep going! Letter of the week craft

Teaching children about letters is more fun if you include as many novel and sensory experiences as you can. This was a huge hit and even bigger mess, but well worth it. My son who is in the midst of a perfectionist phase loved that he could “erase” his letters. He also loved how the bright colors magically appeared under the cornstarch.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a shallow cardboard box, cornstarch, and some brightly colored markers, pastels or what I used… window markers.  Letter of the week craft
  2. Color the bottom of your box with a few colors. If you are using anything “wet” let it dry 100% before adding the cornstarch. Letter of the week craft
  3. Add the cornstarch and cover the color. Letter of the week craft
  4. Start writing! Isn’t it cool how the colors pop? I was giddy that it worked! Letter of the week craft
  5. Explore! Letter of the week craft
  6. He wrote an M then exclaimed – look I can make a W too, then flipped the whole box , then wrote another M.
  7. Letter of the week craft Letter of the week craft We stepped outside to shake all the extra off! Letter of the week craft

Have fun this one is MESSY – I was covered, my camera was covered, my son was covered and we had a blast!

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Comments

  1. says

    Good Morning! All of your letter activities are so much better than all of the worksheets that they are handing out in many schools today. During my first year of teaching, I had some little ones struggling w/ letter identification. Sensory activities seems to be the best way to go- fun and combines “doing” w/ visual and auditory learning. I often used clay and chalk outside with the kids for activities.
    Even though my girls are getting older, I still love visiting your site. Can’t wait to do all of these fun things w/ my little man.

    Jen from Creative and Curious Kids!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Interview with an Animal =-.

  2. says

    Wow – I must be getting good, this is our plan for next week when we go over “y”. I have to say I’m proud of myself :) LOVE the cornstarch writing too!
    .-= Elissa´s last blog ..Ahhh fall =-.

  3. Charlee Pensak says

    Lacing cards are great my son had issues with his grip because of his ASD and we did lacing cards every day this kind of project also works great with the fun foam as well

  4. Kristalyn says

    we are doing y this week and i was wondering what we would do. love it! and what a neat way to do letters wtih the markers underneath. i think my boys will love both of these. and we are all about MESSY crafts. ;0

  5. says

    we did this at preschool using salt – still a bit messy but won’t ‘fly’ everywhere like cornstarch. The kids LOVED it! i love the idea of coloring underneath!

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