Have you seen my giant collection of alphabet activities? Today I’m sharing a few of our favorite letter R activities for preschool.
Do you do letter of the week at your home or in your classroom?
I’ve found this to be a helpful approach to preschool at home for my 3-year-old. When we began this a few months ago, he recognized only a handful of letters. Now he knows them all! We’re still finishing up with the series, though, because I love the structure it provides for
- crafts and process art
- fine motor activities
- read-aloud books
- math connections
and so much more!
Let’s take a peek at letter R.
When we began our letter of the week, I found it important to start each week with a letter recognition activity. Since my Three recognizes all of the alphabet now (thanks to the many whole alphabet activities we incorporate into letter of the week), I don’t find these as necessary.
We were inspired by Nurture Store’s rainbow writing tray and made our own. I couldn’t believe how much fun he had drawing in salt with a chopstick! You can see how he attempted some letter writing, including the backward “L.” 🙂
As long as we had the rocks out, I pulled out our balance for some simple math. We talked about “heavy” and “light.” He worked on balancing the scale and making each side heavier or lighter.
I wrote the letter “R” on a piece of paper, and my Three made a rocky R right on top of it. Then he surprised me by saying he wanted to write the letter himself.
I was so impressed! Because he doesn’t have the correct pencil grip yet, we haven’t started my beginning handwriting pages yet. But I love that he’s finally interested in attempting letter writing on his own!
We love these rainbow number matching cards at From ABC’s to ACTs.
We did this simple R is for rain craft. Be sure to visit our post with more letter R arts and crafts ideas!
We also printed the rainbow fish from Crafty Morning and followed their tutorial for celery painting. What a neat idea!
He had fun making this potato print rabbit, also from Crafty Morning.
For a whole alphabet and name activity in one, we used the free printable from PreK Pages. My son sorted the letters to show which ones are in his name. I wrote his name at the top of the paper as a reference.
We’re reading all week long! The above widget shows some of our favorite letter R books.
Stay tuned for letter S!
More links and free printables for you
- letter R book (songs and rhymes)
- My Letter R Book (with photos)
- Learning the Alphabet: get the whole series or get letter R for free
- more letter R crafts
- Ways to write letter R
- Ways to write letter R
- Letter hunt and find pages
- Letter sound coloring pages
- Letter sound worksheets
If you like these activities, you’ll get hundreds more in my ebook!
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