We hope you enjoy this set of fun letter U activities for 2-year-olds!
We love learning the alphabet! I’ve been doing letter of the week activities with my toddler over the past year, and it’s been so exciting to see her understanding grow!
Truth: If we had truly done “letter of the week” we’d have been done more than 6 months ago. But … this has taken longer than I anticipated (six kids and at an at-home business have a way of getting me behind), so my little one is now a little over three years old. But we’re keeping these activities simple so they’ll still work for Twos!
Here’s a super simple umbrella craft. I cut a paper plate in half, and my toddler colored with Kwix Stix. Then I added the glue dots and she applied the craft jewels (of course she had to pick out the pink ones!). After we glued it on cardstock she added the handle.
We almost always do these Do-a-Dot pages because they’re a favorite! (Do-a-dot markers are totally worth the investment if you haven’t bought them yet.)
This is definitely not something my toddler could have done at the beginning of our Letter of the Week journey. But now that she’s just over three, she could draw the dots for each number with my help. We named the number together (I was surprised that she knew most of them!), and she drew the dots as I counted slowly. (Grab these from Learning the Alphabet.)
My little girl is definitely not ready for any kind of handwriting pages, but she loves to draw letters on her own. Just yesterday she and her older brother (age five) were writing letters on scrap paper and delivering a large pile to my desk.
Since she has a new interest in writing letters, I’ve started showing her how to write our featured letter in an unstructured way. You can see her early attempts at U.
I saw this idea on Modern Preschool, and we had to try it. It was a beginning attempt at learning letter sounds, which we haven’t focused on too much yet because it’s a little much for my tot.
We made shapes using our play dough cutters and named the beginning letter of each object (she needed help with this). Then she stamped the letter on each cut-out using our letter stampers.
Here was one more whole alphabet activity – I stamped one letter on each play dough pancake, and she found the corresponding letter stamps and added more.
Here’s a great fine motor activity! Inspired by a similar one at Gift of Curiosity, I cut straws into pieces and scratched a U into play dough. Then my toddler built the U using straw pieces.
Here’s a fun vocabulary builder! Just print the letter U picture cards at the end of this post. Call out each picture and invite your child to cover the pictures with poker chips.
Since my little girl is now three, I made this a little more challenging by giving hints.
“I spy something you use outside when it rains.”
“I spy a pretend animal with a horn on its head.”
“I spy something you eat with.”
“I see something you see on an elevator button.”
If she didn’t know the name of an image (which was true for many of these!) I named them for her.
Have you seen our free letter books of songs and rhymes? If not, you’re missing out! They’re such a fun way to learn songs and rhymes or just hear the language of rhyming, which is so important for reading later on.
And here’s one more free book you can get right on the site. This is part of our simple alphabet book series. Get it here.
And there you have it! Grab free letter and photo cards in the download link below.
Grab free letter and photo cards in the download below.
Check out the rest of the series!