Take a peek at our letter Z activities!
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Can you believe it? We’re at the end of our Letter of the Week with my Three! This post is the last in my series, “How to teach the alphabet to your 3-year-old.” And just in time, too, as he turns four next month.
Of course, Letter of the Week is far from the only learning I’ve done with my preschooler. He’s also kept busy by doing theme activities, listening to stacks (and stacks!) of books, and having lots of play time with his brothers and sisters.
Take a peek at our week!
Just a few months into Letter of the Week, my Three recognized the entire alphabet thanks to the whole alphabet activities we incorporate each week. It wasn’t long before he knew the letter sounds as well.
We kept going with our activities, though, and focused on fine motor and whole alphabet activities rather than letter recognition. I find that Letter of the Week is a nice framework for choosing activities, as I share in my popular Letter of the Week Curriculum.
He’s known the numbers 1-10 for quite some time now, but he likes to recite them and dot them in order as he says them. This page is from This Reading Mama’s Learning the Alphabet. (Psst… for his birthday he’s getting this fun learning tool to explore bigger numbers. He’s going to love it!)
Here’s another math activity. Have your child count the zoo animals as he puts counters (we like glass gems) on each circle. Not only does this activity help with counting, but it also gives great practice with one-to-one correspondence. You can get this freebie at Pre-K Pages.
Here’s another Learning the Alphabet goodie – cut and paste letter sounds. Now that he’s almost four, my Three is adept at using a scissors (as evidenced by his cutting a hole in his shirt yesterday, ugh!). He cut out the pictures, named them, and glued them down.
This is my Three’s all time favorite whole alphabet activity. I printed one of our ten free parking lots and labeled eight toy cars with the corresponding letters. He loves doing the same page over and over again, carefully driving each car into its correct parking spot.
Have you read the book “Put Me in the Zoo”? Here’s a craft from Glued to My Crafts, based on the main character.
I like doing this simple zebra in a zoo craft with my preschoolers because it’s such a great weaving activity. We used our own clip art for the zebra, but you can find directions and a different image at DLTK Kids.
Here’s some fiZZy science (hey, you can’t be too particular when you’re doing letter Z). Just mix different liquids (don’t forget vinegar!) with food coloring and have your child drop it onto a tray of baking soda. It’s so fun to see which liquid produces the most fizz!
We did just a few activities this week so we could get them in before baby #6 made its appearance. Be sure to check out my popular ebook for many more activities!
More links and free printables for you
- Little Letter Z Book (songs and rhymes)
- My Letter Z Book (with photos)
- Learning the Alphabet: get the whole series or get Letter Z for free
- More Little Letter Z Book
- Little Letter Z Book
- Making letter Z
- Parking lot beginning sounds pages
- Letter hunt and find pages
- Letter sound coloring pages
- Letter sound worksheets
If you like these activities, you’ll get hundreds more in my letter of the week curriculum!
Take a peek at some of our other weeks!
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