Read & Make : Letter Of The Week

letter of the week books Letter of The Week crafts are one of our most popular series on No Time For Flash Cards and one of my most frequently asked questions via email are for good books that can go with each letter craft we have. Instead of just throwing out a bunch of books that subject start with one of the letters I have used books that are about the subject used for the craft. The letter is in context and real connections can be made. If you follow a letter of the week curriculum remember to use these crafts as one part of it and focus on the whole alphabet most of the time using alphabet books and other whole alphabet activities as well. Each pair is linked to the original letter of the week craft and the book title is an affiliate link to Amazon.com .

Read and Make ABC ARead The Lady with the Alligator Purse and make an alligator A.

Read and Make ABC BRead Buzz and make a buzzy bee letter B craft.
Read and Make ABC CRead The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make a simple caterpillar C craft .
Read and Make ABC DRead The Paper Bag Princess and make a letter D dragon craft.
Read and Make ABC ERead First the Egg and then make a sweet Egg E craft.
Read and Make ABC FGet patriotic and read Hats off for the Fourth of July then make a Flag F craft.
Read and Make ABC GRead In the Tall, Tall Grass and then make a grass G letter craft.
Read and Make ABC HRead My Heart Is Like a Zoo together and then create this letter H craft filled with hearts.
Read and Make ABC IRead Ice Cream: The Full Scoop and then create your own Ice Cream I letter craft.
Read and Make ABC JRead If You Were A Jellybean then create your own Jellybean J letter craft.
Read and Make ABC KRead all about kites in Kite Flying then make your own Kite K craft to go with it.
Read and Make ABC LLearn about leaves with Leaf Man then find your own and make this leaf L craft.
Read and Make ABC MGo with Sally to the mountains in Sally Goes to the Mountains then make a Mountain M craft at home.
Read and Make ABC NCount all sorts of things with Anno’s Counting Book and then talk and learn about numbers while making a number N.
Read and Make ABC ORead Owl Babies and then make your own little owl O letter craft.
Read and Make ABC PRead Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails and make your own peacock P!
Read and Make ABC QRead Quilt Alphabet which is a perfect book for this letter Q craft.
Read and Make ABC RYou can read about planting a rainbow in Planting a Rainbow and then make your own letter R craft.
Read and Make ABC SRead Draw Me a Star and then make your own sparkly star S letter craft.
Read and Make ABC TTrees are rad and so is Pablo’s Tree , after reading it make your own tree T craft.
Read and Make ABC UGo underground with Up Above and Down Below and then again with this Underground U letter craft.
Read and Make ABC VExplore all the flowers in Zinnia’s Flower Garden and then make your own and pop them in this Vase V craft.
Read and Make ABC WCount the seeds in One Watermelon Seed and then make your own Watermelon W letter craft being sure to count the seeds too.
Read and Make ABC XDem Bones isn’t just for Halloween it’s a great book year round and perfect for our X-ray X letter craft.
Read and Make ABC YThe classic color mixing story Little Blue and Little Yellow is a great fit for our Yellow Y letter of the week craft too.
Read and Make ABC Z On Beyond Zebra! is a natural fit for our Zebra Z craft !

 

Want more letter of the week crafts? Check out our full list here.

Paper Plate Easter Baskets

easter basket craft This is a classic craft that you may have even done in preschool or at church as a child. I am not sure when I first made this craft but I made more than one as a child and dozens of paper plate Easter baskets with groups of kids over the years. Often I forget to do these old favorites with my own kids but when my daughter was pretending to use the silverware basket from our dishwasher as a purse it brought back memories of this craft and I knew what we were going to do. Here is how you can make your easy paper plate Easter basket.

Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some ribbon, tissue paper, scissors, glue, a paint brush, small dish, hole punch and stapler with staples.easter basket supplies

Start by cutting your tissue paper into manageable pieces and pouring your glue into the dish.paper plate easter baskets for kids

Cover the plate in glue spreading it thin if possible.easy easter basket craft for easter

Pop the tissue paper on. tissue paper easter basket craft for kidsYou can glue on more than one layer adding on more glue as needed.tissue paper collage easter basket for kids

Let dry.

Cut in half.easter basket craft for kids an toddlers

Staple the two sides together and punch a hole on either side adding ribbon for a handle. This basket isn’t big enough for plastic eggs but is perfect to search for little ones and it can’t hold too much so you can keep it simple for little ones. I like using them to pop little encouraging notes in leading up to Easter.easter basket craft for kids

Easy Easter Activities For Toddlers

easter crafts for toddlers Toddlers are a special blend of curiosity ,new found independence, kindness, and chaos. That is why I adore this age group and am amazed at how many wonderful things they can create and learn if given the chance. These easy Easter activities give toddlers that chance to explore their curiosity and creativity as well as work on important skills like hand eye coordination, fine motor skills, pre-literacy and pre-math skills too. Activities with this age group ( 1-3 years old) tend to be quick. That is age appropriate so don’t force kids to keep going when they are done. One trick I loved using while teaching was to offer more materials as the activity goes on … ” Do you want glitter? I just found pink paint do you want some? ” I would never require it but offering options in smaller doses lets them process it all carefully and sometimes it stretches out the activity, sometimes it doesn’t. Have a basket of Easter themed books ready to extend the activity further. You can check out some of our favorite Easter books here.

Bubble Wrap Easter Egg Painting
Simple Cotton Ball Bunny
Sandpaper and Felt Carrot Shape Matching

Alphabet For Starters
Easter Egg Letter Discovery
Bunny Ears Hat
Torn Paper Collage Carrot

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Q-Tip painted Easter Eggs
Easter Egg Color Match
Easter Egg Letter Match

painted easter eggs
Rock Easter Eggs
Easy Easter Egg Collages
Bunny & Egg Color Match
Easter Egg Letter E Craft

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Marshmallow Painted Easter Bunny
Opposite Texture Easter Egg

Spring Flower Suncatchers

easy flower craft for kids We made these flower suncatchers a few weeks ago in an attempt to beckon spring. It worked because now the trees are blooming! OK so these flower suncatchers probably don’t have the ability to force trees and flowers to bloom but they do instantly brighten up any window you pop them in. These fancy flowers are actually really easy to make.  If you want to add more steps for older children you can use white construction paper and have the kids color the flowers but for my little three year old this simple collage craft was a perfect fit! Don’t be fooled as simple as this craft is it is also develops fine motor skills which will make things like cutting and writing less frustrating for my little artist.  Crafts can get a bad reputation but if you look at them as one tool in a big tool box of hands on learning they are fantastic!

Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, contact paper, and sequins. Ours came from our friends at craftprojectideas.com we love their materials!sequin flower craft for spring

Start by cutting out the flowers. I fold construction paper in half to make it easier to cut the middle out. Next cut the middle out of the flower so you have a frame.flower sun catcher craft for springPlace the flowers face down on the contact paper sticky side up. Trim.contact paper flower sun catchers

Let your little one explore the sequins. This step was by far the longest for us. She explored, found favorite colors, shapes and other treasure.contact paper flower craft with sequins

Add them on to the sticky contact paper. spring flower sun catcher craft for kidsShow your child how to press them on to make sure they stick. Dumping them on like this isn’t the best way but if they do follow my daughter’s lead just shake off the extra and play press the sequin while counting! You can sneak in a little math that way too. If you want to you can add another layer of contact paper over the sequins. We opted to leave it as is and have only had a sequin or two fall off. flower sun catcher sequin craft

Pop them in a window and beckon spring!!sparkle flower craft in window

Books About Flowers

Check out some of our favorite books about flowers for kids in our post here.

 

books about flowers for kids

 

 

Marshmallow Easter Bunny Craft

easy easter craft for kids I love making things with mini marshmallows. We have made all sorts of things with marshmallows over the years but never an Easter bunny craft with mini marshmallows. It was time to grab a bag of mini marshmallows and have some fun. When I post these crafts I often get many comments and emails asking how I can stop my kids from eating all the marshmallows and keep crafting. It’s simple really. I have used the same method for years and in incorporates some math into the craft as well. I will give them a number of mini marshmallows to add and after they do they can have 3 to eat. Then I give them another usually larger number and so on until they are done. So yes there is some eating but no more than a handful go in their mouth … I am pretty sure I eat more than they do. I LOVE marshmallows!

Gather your materials. You will need some mini marshmallows, white glue, googly eyes, some yarn, pencil, some construction paper and pom poms.marshmallow bunny craft for kids

Start by making a template for the outline. I used a piece of scrap paper that had drawing on the other side.

Then trace the bunny. My son did this solo and I gave my daughter a bit of a hand.bunny marshmallow craft for kids

Add the glue.marshmallow easter craft for kids

Next start adding the marshmallows. marshmallow easter bunny craft for preschoolSeeing how my two very different children attacked this task was fascinating. My three year old was methodical carefully placing the marshmallows on end. marshmallow crafts for easterWhile my seven year old was putting them on as fast as he could to eat more marshmallows.  Counting is natural even if you don’t use the same add then eat method I explained above.eating marshmallows from the craft

Add glue for the features.marshmallow bunny whiskers

Add the eyes, the yarn whiskers, and pom pom nose.fine motor marshmallow easter craft

Long after he was done my little girls was carefully adding the marshmallows. marshmallow easter bunny craft for kids and preschoolersWe sat down and counted together when she was all done. Her’s had 73 total!

bunny craft for kids

Books About Bunnies

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White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker is a classic in my mind and if you have never read it you must. It’s not a complicated story, instead it’s a brilliant book and lesson about color mixing . The cover illustration of the bunny in the paint always makes me think of dying Easter eggs which is another great opportunity to teach about color mixing. Kids love this book and adults reading it will enjoy the fun and dynamic language used to describe the vibrant colors that the bunny plunges into.

A Very Big Bunny

A Very Big Bunny by Marisabina Russo is a nice book about two bunnies that don’t fit in at school.  This book opened a good dialogue between my son and I as we were reading about how both the tallest and the shortest bunny in the class got picked on.  The students in their class were mean but not purposefully bullying, they excluded these bunnies because they simply didn’t fit. The part that hit me the most was when the teacher lined the kids up by height, and Amelia the tall bunny was always last. It just made me think of how adults so often single kids out without trying to be terrible, but really hurting them. All that aside, the book itself comes to a nice conclusion and I think it’s worth grabbing for any child tall or short or in between.

wee little bunny

Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson is such a sweet little book that just oozes spring! Readers get to follow along with the wee little bunny as it frolics around with other animals and plays the day away. After a long day the bunny returns to it’s happy place to snuggle with it’s mama. Toddlers will connect with the bunny and this sweet little story. The illustrations by John Butler will make you want to reach into the pictures and try to pet the bunny’s soft fur, they are that vibrant!