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 mural–  Paper 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

letter m

Map MMarshmallow MMonster mMountain M

Crafts & Activities That Begin with M

Monster craft

MapMasks–   Matisse CollageMazeMemory GamesMining ActivitiesMitten Match

Monster CraftsMoon Crafts Moose Craft–  Mouse 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.

Letter Of The Week – Letter L Theme

We are almost half way through the alphabet with our Letter of The Week theme series. These theme posts are meant to bring together upper and lowercase letter crafts, crafts and projects that begin with the letter and whole alphabet books and activities. Why do this? To make it easier for you to find what you need for every letter.

{Letter L Crafts}

Ladder LLeaf LLighthouse l –  Love L

{Crafts & Activities That Start With L}

lantern craft

Ladybug CraftLadybug MathLanternsLeavesLego MeasuringLeopard CraftLightning BugsLove Bugs

{ Alphabet Books }

 

The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin was introduced to me by Rebecca when she sent it in for this post . When I saw it at the library I grabbed it and so glad I did. It’s a fun book with silly rhymes for each letter and I was surprised that my son sat all the way through it. It’s a pretty long alphabet book for a toddler. I liked the details in the illustrations even if the sometimes gross humor was not my favorite, but kids will love it !

Alphabeep!: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson is a great book for older toddlers and preschoolers. The transportation themed book uses rhymes and colorful illustrations to go from A to Z. The text was a bit long for my young toddler but I shortened it and he was able to enjoy the book , children 2 and up will love it just the way it is! This ison my must buy list.

{ Whole Alphabet Activities}

Alphabet Sensory Tub Car AlphabetFamily Letters

 

Letter Of The Week – K Theme

Letter of The Week is one of our most popular series. If you want to know more about my approach to letter of the week and how I have used it in my classes and home I explain it all here. We believe in playing with letters, playing with books and playing with language in it’s many forms. Kids learn best through hands on experiences so expose them to the world of letters through their world of play. Our eBook has a whole alphabet full of crafts as well as some exclusive never seen on the site!

Letter K Crafts

Key KKing K Kite K

 K Activities

Kandinsky Inspired Project Knight’s Shield –   Lock & Key Match

Letter Activities For The Whole Alphabet

Fun with Alphabet Beads  Post Office Letter Sorting –  Sandpaper Letter Tracing

 

Letter Of The Week J Theme

I have been putting off the J because I wanted to do it the week leading up to Halloween for Jack-O-Lantern! I got an email a while back asking how I do letter of the week. Right now I am not doing it at all to be honest, my daughter at 16 months is not interested in letters yet and my son does a letter of the week at preschool and I don’t feel the need to enrich. That said when I was actively doing them at home and as a teacher I did a letter craft on Monday and we’d reference back to the letter when it came up in other activities, ususally read one book with a subject matter starting with that letter and a craft to match that book. I didn’t focus all my energies on that one letter because letters and words work together as a whole dynamic alphabet. Introduce, explore, and have fun but don’t focus only on the letter of the week. I hope that helps anyone with that same question.

{ Letter J Crafts}

Jaguar jJelly Bean J

 

{Crafts and Activities Starting With J}

Cupcake Liner Jelly Fish Dry Erase Jack-O-Lantern  Jack and The Beanstalk – Jackson Pollock Jasper Johns–  Jelly Fish–   Rock Jack-O-Lanterns – Sandpaper Jack-O- Lanterns

{Whole Alphabet Activities }

Glue Letter TracingMuffin Tin Letter Game –  Pumpkin Patch Letter Match