Letter Of The Week – X Y Z Crafts and Activities

letter of the week x letter of the week y letter of the week z I decided to group these last 3 letters for our letter of the week series together even though you will want to introduce them separately. I don’t have a ton of material for these three so I thought one letter of the week post would do the trick! Letter of the Week is a classic preschool curriculum, but I like to use it in a more modern way. I like to use these fun letter crafts as only ONE activity in a week filled with meaningful and more purposeful letter learning. The individual letter themed activities are also something I may use once or twice, but most of the week is filled with whole alphabet activities that focus on how letters work together not in isolation.

Letter X Crafts

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Xylophone XX-ray X

Letter Y Crafts

yarn y

Yellow YYarn y 

Letter Z Crafts

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Zoo ZZebra Z

zoo alphabet magnets for kids

Crafts and Activities that start with X Y Z ( well not X actually…)

Yogurt PaintingYarn Easter Egg Zebra Print Puzzles  – Build Your Own Zoo – Zoo Alphabet Magnets

Whole Alphabet Activities
Alphabet Books

50 alphabet books

Read the reviews for these 50 awesome alphabet books 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 

shape craft princess

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}

stay put magnetic puzzle

Panda Puppet Parachute Craft Peacock CraftPenguin CraftsPig CraftPirate Treasure Sensory Pizza Pretend PlayPlanetsPlaydoughPost OfficePrincess Wand  –  Puzzle

{Whole Alphabet Activities}

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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 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

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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.