Letter Of The Week – F Theme

Letter of the week is a great way to introduce a letter. While I don’t use the classic letter of the week system I have used one letter craft a week as the focus of crafting for ONE DAY. The rest of the week and even the rest of that day is for focusing on the alphabet as a whole, how letters work together and in context.  I have already done this for A , B, C, D and E and so I start this school year off with F . Of course we also have our Alphabet Crafts eBook , and all our letter of the week crafts we’ve done previously as a resource as well. Remember to include the whole alphabet every day to keep learning in context , for that I have included some great alphabet books and activities below.

{Letter F Crafts }

Feather FFire FFish FFlag FFood F

{Crafts and Activities That Start With F }


Fire TrucksFireworks Fish Fishing GameFlagsFlowersFootballFrankensteinFrogs

{Whole Alphabet Crafts and Activities}


Letter DominoesLetter MemoryOn The Go Letter SearchAlphabet Sensory Tub

{Alphabet Books}

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extraordinaire and perfect for a letter F eek, since it’s all about food!  Wonderful paintings of fruits and vegetables seem ultra simple and it is but somehow the way the author has pieced this simple book together is brilliant. Maybe it’s that children learn about food at the table multiple times a day and feel proud being able to identify not only some of the letters but some of the pictures too! From a teaching standpoint I love that there are both upper and lower case letters on each page! This book will grow with your child, and beware it will also make you hungry!

Alphabet Soup by Scott Gustafson is a treat! I read a lot of alphabet books and this one stands out for so many reasons. Otter is hosting a potluck and his animal friends are all bringing something to share. Each page is devoted to an animal with a coordinating food item and more. This book is reminiscent of Graham Base’s Animalia but mush more toddler friendly. Where Animalia is great for older children because it’s so full of detail, this book brings it down a notch but still enchants you with stunning illustrations and fantastic coordinating text.

ABC USAby Martin Jarrie is another beautiful alphabet book!  Like most alphabet books it devotes a page to each letter with vibrant illustrations . Not everything in this book is by any means unique to the United States but most are. I specifically appreciated the I for Immigrants page, both from a historical and personal perspective, my son loved the J for Jazz and we both loved all the whimsical illustrations. There are a lot of learning opportunities presented as well, school age children could really benefit from it as well the 2 letters that stood out for me for further learning were U for Underground Railroad and V for Valley Forge.  How ever you use this it’s worth a look for certain.

MeMeTales Mobile Reader App & Letter Craft

Regular readers know that my number one passion isn’t paint or even glitter it’s reading, specifically getting kids to love reading. That is why I am so eager to share the free  MemeTales  Mobile Reader App with you. I have had the honor of working with MeMeTales for some time now . They published my Alphabet Crafts eBook and I act as an advisor  on their parents  committee.  If you read my post about boys and reading last week you will know that one of the biggest lessons I have learned from children I have taught over the years is that it’s more important we get them to want to read than we force them to read what we want them to.

I can tell you first hand that my son loves reading MeMeTales books on my iPod , it’s novel it’s a treat and even though he’s not a reluctant reader I instantly saw how MeMeTales gamified reward system would appeal to those kids who have a hard time getting interested in books.  See when you read books on this app you get points, then after so many points you get stickers and earn games too! Best part is it’s free and to celebrate the launch you get access to 20 free books.

So to celebrate the MeMeTales Mobile Reader App launching we are devoting this whole week to crafts inspired by the free books that come on the App. But as I said in January this year here at No Time For Flash Cards it’s not about me, it’s about WE so we are also going to be hosting a  linky party every day. Each day the theme will be based on the book featured from the app. Scroll down to check out today’s book and craft.

Here’s the thing, the reason I love MeMeTales is because they are passionate about reading and they know that making crafts, doing activities and keeping the learning going with themed projects will only keep kids coming back to books whether they read them on an iPad, laptop on from a book. Speaking of books at the end of this week of celebration we will be giving away 20 picture books to one lucky reader . Awesome right?! We’ll tell you more about that on Friday .

Today’s Featured Book  Alphabet inspired our letter of the week craft below.

N Net

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, markers, scissors, glue, some tulle, double stick tape and some candy fish.
  2. Start by making a large uppercase N on one sheet of paper.
  3. Make waves if you want on the other.
  4. Invite your child to come decorate the N however they want. Mine wanted to do one single line on both sides ( I had 2 Ns, I really need some stencils)- glad I snapped the picture when I did.
  5. While you are cutting it out ( or they can too) have them draw the other fish in the sea, birds in the sky… or not. My son was like ” No thanks I did my line can we glue yet?”
  6. Cut a small piece of tulle and using double stick tape make a net on the bottom corner of the N. If you don’t have tulle the mesh bags from produce will work great too!
  7. Add glue – easily my son’s favorite part.
  8. Pop the N on the “sea”. I added a bit more double stick tape once the N was added to make sure the fish would be secure.
  9. Add the fish in the net.
  10. Eat the fish 😉

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Letter of the Week – Super Hero S

Some 4 year olds love video games, some love playing catch , mine loves to pretend. Almost every moment that my son is awake he is pretending to save someone , catch someone or just be someone, Lately one of his favorite things to pretend to be is a super hero and so when I asked him what letter we should make he suggested Batman and when I suggested he could make his own super hero S he was game.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of different color paper, paint, paint brush, marker, scissors, glue and 2 googly eyes.
  2. Start by writing a large upper or lowercase S on one sheet of the construction paper.
  3. Ask your child what their super hero has as a costume. We made a cape, a chest button and mask. Draw them or have your child draw them on a light piece of paper.
  4. Paint the costume pieces. 
  5. We goofed and added the letter to the chest plate after painting. Have your kids do this before they paint .
  6. Cut out the s while they paint, or if your child is able and willing have them cut it while it dries. Mine wasn’t.
  7. Add glue. My son loves tracing the letters with glue which is wonderful letter practice too.
  8. Add the s to the final sheet of paper. Paint if the mood strikes!
  9. Cut out the costume pieces and add them to the s.
  10. Add the googly eyes on top of the mask. 
  11. Let dry.

Remember that kids learn as they play.  By using their favorite playtime activities for the more directed activities that focus on things like numbers and letters you enhance both their play and their learning . Have fun with it!

Letter of the week – Egg Carton E

by Kim

I love the crafts Allie does for letters. We have done many of them at our house. We also try to come up with some different ones, too. Here is our favorite for the letter E.

You will need an empty egg carton (we used 18 count carton), scissors, glue, paper, and a marker.

Have your little one cut the carton into strips.

While they are cutting you can draw an upper case E on the sheet of paper.

Have your child glue egg carton strips onto the lines of the letter.

Poof, you have a beautiful upper case E.

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Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.

Letter of the Week – L Love

For the past few weeks the most popular searches bringing traffic to my site have been “Letter of the Week” and ” Valentine’s Craft” so today I thought I would try to satisfy both and make a Valentine’s Day Letter of the Week. This L is super easy to make and fast too. You can make it easier with paint , or more complex by having your child draw pictures of the people they love instead of using photos.  The goal is to have fun with the letter so tailor it to your child and their favorite materials.

  1. Before gathering your materials, sit down with your child and ask them who they love. Find photos or have your child draw pictures of these people.
  2. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, tissue paper, tape, family photos, heart punch , red paper, glue and scissors.
  3. Start by cutting the cardboard into a L .
  4. I used gift wrap tissue paper to cover the L  but this was only per my son’s specific request. You can paint, color with crayons, glitter… whatever your child is into . Keeping crafts fun means keeping your kids learning and playing with letters!
  5. If you are using tissue paper tape it on – another big treat for my son, using the tape!
  6. While my son taped I trimmed the family photos.
  7. Next add glue for the photos.
  8. Pop them on.  Let dry.

Books We Love

Valentine’s Day by Anne Rockwell and Lizzy Rockwell is a lovely book with a a cute twist. The story follows a class making special valentines for each other , some are very touching others goofy. The story doesn’t reveal who the Valentine’s are for. There are pictures of the same girl with the various students though so after a while you are clued into that they are for her we still don’t know why. I was so worried she was sick in the hospital, as it turns out the class goes to the post office to send it away to a classmate that is far far away! I like the idea of a class all writing to a friend far away, focusing on friendship and not candy! I also love any book that causes my son to say ” Let’s go see a map of where she lives mama!”

If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant is a great book for preschoolers because it doesn’t just focus on romantic love or love of a parent and child but rather love of all the things this little boy is grateful for. He writes little valentines to his family members, teddy bear, even the bird and tree outside. It’s very sweet and cute without making you cringe one bit!  My son loved this one , it was perfect for a 3 year old.

I Lost My Kisses by Trudie Trewin is cute story about a little cow who has lost her kisses! She looks everywhere for them, gives wonderful descriptions of what kisses are, sound and feel like but she just can’t find them. The thing is , is that she is picking her daddy up at the airport and has to give him a kiss when he arrives! Luckily her heart find them when she sees her daddy.  My son loved this book, he is an affectionate kid and loves to tease us that he is “all out of kisses” so this book was right up his alley! Very cute and I love the mostly black and white illustrations by Nick Bland.