Today I’m sharing a sampling of our letter D activities for preschool.
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It took two years to put together a giant resource of Letter of the Week activities with my oldest two boys. Now that our oldest son (age 6) is a fluent reader and our Four is reading simple sight word books, it’s time to do a focused alphabet exploration with our youngest boy, age 3. Each week I show you what Letter of the Week looks like for our just-turned-Three.
Letter D Activities
I like to start with my collection of free letter books. He likes listening to these simple alphabet books and pointing out “big D” and “little d.”
Another favorite is our free little letter book collection. Each book has six rhymes or songs just right for toddlers and preschoolers.
We love using the wonderful Learning the Alphabet curriculum. For this activity I cut out the pictures, and he put glue on the back and named each one as he glued it onto the D. As he worked we emphasized the beginning sounds. “/d/, /d/, duck!” or “/d/, /d/, dinosaur!”
He worked on our free letter D dot sticker page, but wasn’t interested in doing it all by himself. We took turns putting down dots. Since he’s getting kind of tired of these, we might try covering the circles with something different next week.
We kept it simple for crafts this week. He painted with Duplos and made a dinosaur craft using half a paper plate. I didn’t get a picture of the dinosaur (it’s so easy to miss the sunlight on these dreary winter days!), but you can see both ideas in our collection of eight letter D crafts.
It was fun week for math, because we pulled out some dice activities. He rolled a die and made that many dots on a paper plate.
He rolled a die and made a tower with that many blocks.
He was able to do this free monster dice match game (almost) all by himself.
He’s still not ready to write letters, but I drew a letter D in pencil and helped him cover it with dice. This way he’s still building the letter and working on his fine motor skills – without attempting something that I know would frustrate him.
For sensory play I looked at Pinterest for a dough recipe. He caught a glimpse of this magical melting dough from Growing a Jeweled Rose and wanted to try it. Since it had just a few ingredients, we gave it a shot. It kept him busy while I cleaned the kitchen!
We’re reading books all week long! The widget shows some of our favorites for letter D. See all 19 letter D books in this post.
This is one of our favorite activities from Learning the Alphabet. Roll a big soft block and see which letter (upper or lowercase) comes up. Then build the ladders to see which letter reaches the top first!
We like to do name activities as often as possible. This week I typed his name using a big font and cut it into pieces. It was part of a collection of name activities I found at Play to Learn Preschool. This was tougher for him than I’d anticipated. I guess we need to do more puzzles!
Each week we’re sure to do at least one activity that involves the whole alphabet. This week we read Alphabeep a number of times. On each page he named the letters. It’s hard to believe that a month ago, when we started Letter of the Week, he knew just a handful of letters. Now, in just our fourth week, he recognizes almost all of them!
But as you can see, Letter of the Week is just a framework for lots of early learning activities. We’ll be continuing on even though he recognizes most of the alphabet.
All your links in one spot!
- Little Letter D Book (songs and rhymes)
- Letter D Dot Sticker Page
- My Letter D Book (with photos)
- Letter D Crafts
- Learning the Alphabet: get the whole series for just $10 or get Letter D for free
- Letter D Book List
Is your child ready for more of a challenge?
My little guy just turned 3. If you have an older child or one who’s simply ready for the next step, try some of these!
- Try more dice games.
- Do some letter D handwriting pages.
- Try Beginning Sound Cover with poker chips.
- Clip the pictures on our beginning sound clip cards.
- Practice beginning sounds with our match mats.
- Do a beginning sound coloring page.
See the whole series!
We recommend this letter of the week curriculum.
These are handy, too!
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