11 Crafts for Preschool: The Letter L
1- Hand & Footprint Lobster
This was my favorite, and the kids’ too. They loved stepping into the red paint and making a footprint. Then they carefully made two handprints for the lobster claws. The next day they took out their black markers and decorated. This idea was from Crafty-Crafted.
2- L is for Ladder
Sometimes the best letter craft is short and sweet. The kids glued a giant letter L to paper and drew a ladder. The basic idea is from No Time for Flashcards (check her site for a different way to do the project).
3- Sticky Lamb
My 15-month old is big enough to start doing very basic crafts. I loved this idea from B-Inspired Mama. I just taped some sticky contact paper onto the window, drew a lamb with a Sharpie, and gave my Five the bag of cotton balls. She gave them to her little brother one by one.
4- Lemon Print “L”
I bought a few lemons, cut them in half, and gave the kids white paper. They loved printing with lemons. The next day we cut the papers into giant letter L’s.
5- Ladybugs Climbing an “L”
I used my circle cutter (love that thing!) to prepare a stack of red circles for the kids. After gluing down green rectangles to make an L, they glued down the circles and decorated them to resemble ladybugs. It was tempting to just display my Five’s project in this post, but you should see that the kids don’t always “get into” each project. They might be tired, disinterested, or just having a bad day. My Four really enjoyed it, but then near the end he decided to start scribbling out his ladybugs. I keep reminding myself that the crafts should not be about the finished product but about the kids enjoying the process and learning along the way.
6- Fuzzy Lamb
As for creativity, this craft didn’t allow much room for it, but the kids love cotton balls. They used up almost a whole bag among the three of them. I got the idea and pattern from Making Learning Fun.
7 – Lego Prints
The kids dipped legos into paint and made prints on paper. The legos were very easy to clean up — I just rinsed off the washable paint and set them out to dry.
8- Lion Face Pasta Craft
Okay, could you have guessed what this was without the title? My husband couldn’t tell it was a lion. I guess it does kind of look like a bear with a mane. Oh, well — the kids enjoyed it! We got the directions from Kiboomu Kids Crafts.
I was surprised by how much all the kids had fun with this one. Perhaps because they were dreaming of the day when it will finally be warm enough to hang out our clothes? It’s been a loooong winter and a dreary spring! The idea is from Preschool Crafts for Kids.
We made the handprints on the first day and set them out to dry. When we returned to the craft the next day, my Five didn’t want to finish. “The strips are too long. It’s not pretty. It won’t look like a lion.” This did not deter my boys, however, and they had fun adding manes to their handprints… although I’m not quite sure what my Two was doing. Putting the strips in a circle was a little hard for him. For me to step in would have been to do it for him, so he did it his own way. Sometimes that produces the cutest effect. 🙂 The idea is from Sweet and Lovely Crafts.
11 – Painted Lollipop
If you’re looking for a very neat way to do a painting project, this one’s for you. I set out the poster board ovals, squirted on some paint, and covered them with plastic wrap. The kids enjoyed squishing around the paint. For more about this craft, visit The Happy Teapot.
Alphabet Curriculum for Preschool
Our curriculum includes lessons for teaching both upper and lowercase letter names and sounds. You’ll get three lessons per letter, built-in review, simple handwriting practice, rhyming, syllable counting, phonemic awareness, and a whole lot more!
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I love your website and all its resources- thank you for making them available for free so I can teach my girls at home. My girls loved the laundry on the line activity- I’m not at all artistic, so I used paper doll clothes coloring sheets- easy peasy!
I’m so glad my resources are helping you teach your girls, Becky! I hear you on not being artistic… that would sure be handy. 🙂
So thrilled to have stumbled on your website! I love seeing that my two and four year old can work on similar projects with varying degrees of detail. So excited to peruse through your site!
Yes, it is fun to have kids of different ages work together and come up with different results! Kind of like a multi-age classroom right at home 🙂
Love your ideas! I’m teaching a co-op group tomorrow and I think we are going to try painting with legos. I love how you show how different ages complete the task.
Seriously I can’t believe it took me this long to find your site. I look forward to learning a lot from you!
I’m so glad you found me, Shannon! I hope you find lots more you can use. Have a great day!
Girl – I am just getting ‘serious’ about teaching Elijah the letters in his name and your Alphabet ideas are perfect. THANK YOU!!
Hello, Marlena! So nice to see you popping up here 🙂 So glad I’ve got things you can use — how old is Elijah now?
Michele Baker @ Primary Beginnings Raleigh
Love all these L crafts! Going to share with my fellow teachers as inspiration. Thanks!
I’m a little late in my reply, Michele – sorry about that! I just wanted to give you a BIG thanks for sharing anything on my blog with other teachers – the more my blog readership grows, the more I can offer!
Thanks so much for hosting, Rebecca!
Love all of the letter L crafts (especially the lobster and the Lego prints)! Thank you for linking up this week to the Hearts for Home Blog Hop 🙂
The lobster is my favorite too — thanks for stopping by, Jill!
Dollie @ Teachers of Good Things
What a great idea for showing the progression from each year!
The lobster is my favorite too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Jill!
Sorry, Dollie – you got a reply intended for someone else. Thanks for stopping by – it’s fun to have kids of different ages and see how their abilities grow.
Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/
Thanks for sharing at TGIF! Great ideas and pinning it now!
Thanks so much for the pin, Debbie!
Lila @ sweet and lovely crafts
I love all of the ‘L’ crafts. I think that the lions look great!
Thanks for popping by to see it, Lila!