Looking for letter U activities? Take a peek at our week!
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My Three and I have been taking a journey through the alphabet and having so much fun! After just a month or two of mixing letter of the week with whole alphabet activities, he recognized all his letters and knew many of their sounds. Now that we’ve been at this quite a months, we’re focusing less on letter recognition and more on letter sounds and letter formation.
Letter U Activities
I like to start with these Do-a-dot pages from This Reading Mama’s Learning the Alphabet. (Sometimes we use my do-a-dot pages as well). He loves using Do-a-Dot markers, and this is a quick way to review the letter’s shape and sound. (“Uh, uh, umbrella!”)
He also liked this find the letter page. You can get the whole set here.
We didn’t do a lot of crafty things this week because there just isn’t much to do for letter U. But he loves watercolors and enjoyed painting this umbrella and adding the dots of rain with a Q-tip.
To work more on letter U’s sound, I printed this beginning sound coloring page. He needs a lot of assistance with these, but with my help identifying the pictures and saying their names, he does quite well. For this page we also talked briefly about the long u sound. (Stay tuned! The entire set of funny coloring pages is coming soon.)
This activity combined sensory play and letter sounds. We buried letter tiles in a bowl of colored rice. He took them out one by one and found their matching picture on the board. This was a little tiring for him as it took some effort to find the right picture. Next time I think we’ll take turns with the tiles. (This printable is coming soon too!)
For math, we pulled out some unifix cube activities. He loved tracing the letters on the post-it notes after I wrote them in pencil. Then we put the letters in order, and he made stacks of cubes for each one.
He rolled the die and made a tower with the same number of blocks as the number showing on the die. For more unifix cube math activities, be sure to visit this post.
Since we had the cubes out, we did a little fine motor activity. After showing him how to make a J with the cubes (that’s the first letter of his name), I encouraged him to make the shape of a U. He did it!
We’ve found that writing with a chopstick is great fine motor practice. Writing in millet on a baking sheet is pretty fun!
I’ve laminated all my Letters of All Sizes handwriting pages, and I’ve started to pull out uppercase pages to do with my Three. He loves using the dry erase marker to trace each letter. In the picture you can see the results of my attempt to get him to hold the marker correctly. We have a long way to go on that, but it’s all about baby steps, right?
Normally I share a few of our favorite books in these peeks at our week, but letter U doesn’t have much to offer. You can see the few we found in our letter U book list. This week we’ve actually been spending a lot of time reading and reviewing community helper books for my next preschool theme pack. 🙂
Stay tuned for letter V!
More links and free printables for you
- Little Letter U Book (songs and rhymes)
- My Letter U Book (with photos)
- Learning the Alphabet: get the whole series or get letter U for free
- More letter U crafts
- Letter U books
- Making letter U
- Parking lot beginning sounds pages
- Letter hunt and find pages
- Letter sound coloring pages
- Letter sound worksheets
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