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.

Letter Of The Week Q – Activities & Crafts

Letter Of The Week Letter Q Activities and craftsLetter of The Week has been one of our most popular series ever on No Time For Flash Cards and even though I have taken a different approach with my daughter ( her preschool will be doing Letter Of The Week ) I still get requests for these themed letter round ups.  If you are doing a letter of the week system with your child please remember to balance the showcased letter with many whole alphabet activities. while giving a little extra love to one letter is a fun way to introduce it we must remember that letters work together and learning in context and in a memorable way is the best option for young kids. So choose a few fun activities with the letter Q but fit them into a week of whole alphabet learning.

Letter of the week quilt q

Letter Q Crafts 

Quinoa Q    -   Quilt Q   –   Queen Q 

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Crafts The Start With Q 

Family Photo Quilt  - Q-Tip Dandelion  -  Q-Tip Easter Egg Painting –  Q-Tip Painted TreeShape Queen

how to make a letter rubbing board

Whole Alphabet Activities 

Alphabet Flower GardenAlphabet PlaydoughEasy Letter Board RubbingsLetter Constellations

Letter Of The Week – Letter P Theme

letter of the week curriculumWe are slowly making our way through the alphabet with these Letter of The Week theme posts. I love making them because they remind me of all the fun we had making these crafts and learning together. I know I say this in each theme post but please if you are doing a letter of the week curriculum please don’t only focus on one letter each week. Choose from these fun ideas a few to focus on and continue to teach letters in context, using familiar words, first names and other whole alphabet activities. Kids learn when it’s memorable and in context.  I hope you can find a few fun letter P ideas today .

{Letter P Crafts}

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Peacock pPumpkin p - Piano P - Pasta PPenny P

{Crafts & Activities That Start With P}

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Panda Puppet - Parachute Craft - Peacock CraftPenguin CraftsPig CraftPirate Treasure Sensory - Pizza Pretend PlayPlanetsPlaydough- Post Office- Princess Wand  Puzzle

{Whole Alphabet Activities}

alphabet activities playdough activites

Letter PizzaAlphabet Peg Dolls - Alphabet Playdough

Letter Of The Week – Letter O Theme

I love the letter O and the owl O below is one of my favorite crafts we have ever made. There are some wonderful open ended activities below which are a perfect compliment to the more structured letter crafts. Remember adult directed crafts should be in the minority with open free creative activities making up the majority of your art time. Don’t miss the book suggestion either, it’s perfect for this week.Mix single letter activities with lots of whole alphabet ones like these  25 alphabet activities that we love.

{ Letter O Crafts}

Octopus OOlive OOwl O

{ Crafts & Activities That Start With O}

Ocean in a boxOcean muralPaper Bag Octopus  – Olympic Crafts Onion Prints - Orange PrintsOwl CraftOwl Puppet

{Alphabet Book}

O Is for Orca: An Alphabet Book by Andrea Helman is a book about the nature of the North West packaged in an alphabet book.  Each page is dedicated to one large photo and a animal, plant or other part of North West nature.  My son was reluctant at first wanting to read a Star Wars chapter book but only a page or two in he was asking not to skip any of the text and we were discussing the information about the sea animals and he was eager to make a nest in our apple trees for the spotted owls who we read were endangered. Many of the letters represent sea animals like sea stars, urchins and of course orcas. There are a lot of facts in this book and if I were reading it to my toddler I’d skip the paragraphs and go through the alphabet and each photo only. That is what I love about books like this you can adapt them so easily to your audience.

Letter Of The Week – M Theme

teach to readLetter of the week is a popular theme for daycare centers and preschools but more and more research points to making sure that you don’t focus only on one letter too extensively . So please remember to have a environment rich in print, choose a few of these projects NOT all and only ones that are or will be meaningful for your child or students.The trick is finding the right balance in your preschool activities,  learning in context is key. A great place to start is with the letters in your child’s name.

Letter M Crafts

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Map M- Marshmallow M- Monster mMountain M

Crafts & Activities That Begin with M

Monster craft

MapMasks-   Matisse CollageMazeMemory Games- Mining Activities- Mitten Match

Monster Crafts- Moon Crafts - Moose CraftMouse PuppetMushroom Printing

Alphabet Books

Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone and Stephanie Bauer. I was so excited to find this book because just this week my son started pointing out lower case letters in text. This book is a beautifully illustrated book with each letter represented on it’s own page. Pretty standard right? Wrong, although the text below the illustration had both upper and lower case letters, the main illustration is only the lower case letter. This is perfect for children like my son who are just starting to learn their lowercase letters.Alphabet Books

“A” Was Once An Apple Pie by Edward Lear and Suse MacDonald is an adaptation of the classic Edward Lear poem that had both my children transfixed. The bold bright colors kept my daughter who is 10 months old wide eyed the whole time and the playful way Suse MacDonald adapted the text had my son listening from A-Z as well. It was incredibly fun to read allowed tongue tying me at times which resulted in us all giggling hysterically in a heap. A book that can do that is a must have in my opinion.

Al Pha’s Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a rare find. An alphabet book that can keep a 5 year old who says alphabet books are for babies, completely engaged. The story follows Al who has bet himself that he can win a contest ordered by the King figure out an order for the brand new 26 letters that were just invented. In a string of adorable events and a little chance the alphabet as we know it is put together. My son thought it was hysterical that P was put in the line up after Al went pee. It’s a cute idea for a book and abstract enough to be a bit of a challenge for preschoolers but just the right level of interest for kids that think they know it all when it comes to the alphabet.