Are you looking for letter Hh 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 Hh
- Say words that begin with Hh: Say each word after me. (Emphasize the /h/ at the beginning of each word as you say it.) Hat. Hop. Home. Hill. Hike. What sound do you hear at the beginning of each word? The sound is /h/.
- Talk about what your mouth is doing as you say the sound: Look at what my mouth is doing as I say /h/. Now you try. Put your hand in front of your mouth as you say /h/. What do you feel? Put your hand on your throat as you say /h/. Is it a quiet or noisy sound? (quiet)
- Introduce the letter on a flash card: (Hold up the letter H card in uppercase or lowercase.) This is the letter H. When we see this card, we say “H spells /h/.” Your turn. (Students: “H spells /h/.”)
How to practice writing uppercase letter H
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter H, we start at the top. We pull down. We pull down again. Then we go across the middle. Watch me put my hand in the air and write an H in the sky. I start at the top and pull down. I pull down again and go across the middle. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start at the top, pull down, pull down again, and go across the middle.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make an H by moving your finger on the table. Start at the top, pull down, pull down again, and go across the middle. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “H spells /h/.” Remember to underline the H when you say /h/. (Practice multiple times.)
How to practice writing lowercase letter h
- Sky-write the letter: To make the letter h, we start at the top, pull down, up, over, and down. Watch me put my hand in the air and write an h in the sky. I start at the top, pull down, up, over, and down. Now you try. Put your finger in the air. Start at the top, pull down, up, over, and down.
- Have students finger-write the letter: Make an h by moving your finger on the table. Start at the top, pull down, up, over and down. (Other options: sand or salt tray, shaving cream, etc.) Now do the same thing while saying “h spells /h/.” (Practice multiple times.)
Other letter Hh activities
- Hot Chocolate Counting Mats
- H is for Heart (dot sticker page)
- Little Letter H Book (rhymes & songs)
More alphabet resources
- Alphabet picture cards from A-Z
- Beginning sound clip cards
- Beginning sound coloring pages
- Beginning sound match mats
- Letter hunt & find worksheets
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I just want to personally thank you for this wealth of information! My husband and I have four boys between the ages of 9 and 1. I am a homeschool mom. Our 3 year old son loves learning his letters. The sensory ideas are fabulous! I love how you organized your site and that everything is FREE!
You’re very welcome, Lisa – so glad you’re finding things to enjoy here!
I have been wanting to say the same thing, but I just couldn’t think of the right words. THANK YOU!!!
Thank you so much, Sara!