Are you looking for letter Bb activities to use with your preschooler or kindergartner? Maybe you’re a classroom teacher browsing for more ideas.
Research tells us that a direct, explicit approach to teaching the alphabet is more effective than indirect teaching. Enjoy the crafts, art ideas, and book list, but know that using a scripted routine like the one below is the most efficient way to teach letters and sounds. Make it your own!
How to introduce letter Bb
- Say words that begin with Bb: Say each word after me. (Emphasize the /ă/ at the beginning of each word as you say it.) Bat. Bear. Bug. Boy. Ball. What sound do you hear at the beginning of each word? The sound is /b/.
- Talk about what your mouth is doing as you say the sound: Look at what my mouth is doing as I say /b/. Now you try. What are your lips doing when you say /b/? Put your hand on your throat as you say /b/. Is it a quiet or noisy sound? (noisy)
- Introduce the letter on a flash card: (Hold up the letter B card in uppercase or lowercase.) This is the letter B. When we see this card, we say “B spells /b/.” Your turn. (Students: “B spells /b/.”)
How to practice writing uppercase letter B
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter B, we start at the top and pull down. Then we go back to the top, around and in, back and around. Watch me put my hand in the air and write a B in the sky. I start at the top and pull down. Then I go back to the top, around and in, back and around. Now you try. Put your finger at the top. Pull down. Go back to the top, around and in, back and around.
Have students finger-write the letter: Make a B by moving your finger on the table. Start at the top and pull down. Go back to the top, around and in, back and around. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying, “B spells /b/.” Remember to underline the B when you say /b/. (Practice multiple times.)
How to practice writing lowercase letter b
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter b, we start at the top, pull down, up, and around. Watch me put my hand in the air and write a b in the sky. I start at the top, pull down, up, and around. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start at the top, pull down, up, and around.
Have students finger-write the letter: Make a b by moving your finger on the table. Start at the top, pull down, up, and around. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “b spells /b/.” Remember to underline the b when you say /b/. (Practice multiple times.)
Other Letter Bb activities
- B is for Butterfly (dot sticker page)
- Little Letter B Book (rhymes and songs)
More alphabet resources
- Alphabet picture cards from A-Z
- Beginning sound clip cards
- Beginning sound coloring pages
- Beginning sound match mats
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I cant find the printable letter B book, can you direct me?
Is this what you’re looking for, Lynsey? https://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-letter-b-book-rhymes-songs/
There is not a tab to print the B book of activities.
Do you mean the letter B book of rhymes and songs? You may have noticed on this page that I wrote we are just getting started with letter B (we are doing the alphabet out of order). So far I’ve only shared our letter B book list. However, I’ll be adding more activities next week, and you can expect to see the letter book soon!
Sorry, I got it. My bad!