OCT
28
2009

# Prek Letter D

Say hello to Mr. Dinosaur and the Letter D! This was super fun to make and I’m hoping even more fun to actually use! Ready, set, go!

Letter D Memory Verse:
Depart from evil, and do good. Psalm 34:14
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books:
ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses

Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter D on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.

Dinosaur Alphabet Practice: I laminate this and use with a dry-erase marker for pre-writing practice skills. It is mean to have each little card cut out and then bound together with a ring.

Dinosaur Graphing: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with dry-erase marker, or put bingo markers on it. Whatever you can think of…cheerios…etc! Click here to download! (Sorry, forgot to put this one up! Feel free to let me know if you notice something else missing! LOL!)

Dinosaur scavenger hunt, fill the box with things that start with D! you could also use those cute little dinosaur figures and hide them around the school room, and have them search for them! Click here to download!

Dino Pattern Activity:

Dino Magnet Page:
I use it with a cookie sheet and these pom-pom magnets I made from pom-poms and self-sticky magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. Click here to download! I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.78 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors

Dino Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order. Click here to download!

Dino Counting Practice: Practice counting the dinosaurs and then put the correct number in the blank square. (Note: To save on paper, you could just print the numbers from one game and use them on all the other alphabet counting games!) Click here to download!

Dino Color Puzzles: I cut these little guys out then cut them in half in as many interesting ways as I could think of to make tiny color matching puzzles. Click here to download!

Dino Size Sort: I’m doing a variation on the usual size sorting game, this one I’ll have her put them in order small to big or big to small. Click here to download!

Dino Lacing Card: I make sure to laminate this one for durability, then punch with a hole punch every inch or so for lacing practice. Click here to download!

Dino Pre-Writing Skills: I laminate this and use with a dry-erase marker for pre-writing practice skills. It is mean to have each little card cut out and then bound together with a ring, but she seems to be doing better when I leave them as larger pages. Click here to download!

Dino Vowel Practice: Since we’ve already gone through all the vowels I thought I’d do a review and practice writing them as well. I laminated this one and use with dry-erase markers as well. Click here to download!

Dino Clip Cards/Counters: I use these with either mini-clothes pins, colored paper clips, or put a hole in them and have her attach chain links to them. Whatever you use, just have them put on the correct amount for the number on the card. These are also good for having them put in numerical order. I also made the odd numbers face left and the even’s face right if you dare to go there in prek! LOL! Click here to download!

Dino Bottle Cap Letter Match: Please note, the original idea for this game came from Tot School and Carisa’s blog. I ended up making my own letters as I wanted lowercase and she didn’t have them. These letters work well if you use a 1 3/8″ circle punch to punch out the letters then xyron them onto 1 1/2″ wooden disks from Michael’s. Click here to see the process of making the letters. If you’re looking for more challenge, give this game to your kindergartner as a capital/lowercase matching game by using the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! Click here to download both upper and lowercase dino cards and letters!

Finger Tracing Paint Bag: This is simple and fun, I filled a bag with tempura paint, you could also use cheap shaving cream. Then I’ll tape it to her desk for her to practice writing her D and d in using her finger. You could also skip the bag and put shaving cream on your counter if you’re feeling brave ;o) After we do the letters we do numbers, shapes, and whatever else we can think of!

Dino Dig: I made these ‘fossils’ out of Plaster Of Paris. Its only \$2.50 for a HUGE bag from Wal-mart. I put wet sand in a plastic dish and smoothed it out. Then used one of our little plastic dinosaurs to push an impression into the sand. After all the ‘molds’ were ready, I made up the plaster of paris and poured it into the sand carefully. Let it set until hard then dusted off our ‘fossils’. I’ll then hide them in a large container with sand and let the kids do a ‘Dino Dig’!

Dinosaur Math Sequencing Puzzle from Lakeshore Learning

I found a new use for our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards! First we traced the letters with her finger, then we used our 1″ building blocks to make the letter D and d. She also picked 2 colors of blocks and did a pattern as she made her letters! Click here to download the Large Alphabet Lacing Cards!

Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.

Foam Letter Builders: I cut the shapes from foam and let her use them to make the letters. You could also use my Magnetic Letter Builders as well!

Letter Collage Worksheets: The download includes letters A-Z as well as a collage idea sheet. We use the collage items as objects to decorate our letters for an alphabet book. We also color, paint, and stamp them. Since we use both upper and lowercase, I have provided both for you! Click here to download the Letter Collages:

Family Fun Night: Everyone is getting really into this part of our school! All week long they search for books, movies and foods we can eat that begin with our letter! LOL! I think we’ll have Dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets this time and watch The Land Before Time.

Dino Craft Ideas:
Homeschool Creations
Free Kids Crafts – Dinosaurs
Dino Dig from Preschool Rainbow
Felt Dinosaurs by Chasing Marcus

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1. I love your D week. Now How long will you spend on D. You have a lot of stuff, I was wondering if you will get thru it all in 1 week?I wanted to share that I saw an idea where you take clay for playdoh and put it around a plastic dinosaur. Once it dries the children can use an old tooth brush and a tooth pick to uncover the fossil.

2. Great work as usual! Those dino chicken nuggets are very popular in my house.

3. This might be my favorite week- I know it will be a hit with my boys!! Thank u soo soo much you have helped this momma to 5 ( 11,7,5,3, and 4 months) feel much more capable to teach my little ones while the older ones are still getting time with me! thank u thank u for sharing all your hard work!!:)( and the bag with paint/shaving cream!! genius I tell u– makes sooo much better sense – and easier clean up for sure! lol)

4. I only spend 1 week on a letter at this point. I load her boxes Mon, Wed, Fri with about 5-6 boxes so that's 15 – 18 games or so. On Tues/Th I add other random things I can come up with, or just review some of the ones she had troubles with the day before.Oh, that's a great idea! Thanks for sharing, maybe we'll try it!

5. Do you have an order of letters that you are going through or do you decide which will be next one week at a time. I am going by the order of the Kumon books as they start with letters that are easier to write. If you do have an order could you post it? Thanks so much.

6. Do you have an order of letters that you are going through or do you decide which will be next one week at a time. I am going by the order of the Kumon books as they start with letters that are easier to write. If you do have an order could you post it? Thanks so much.

7. Hi, sorry I don't have an order. I did vowels first, then am just doing whatever consonant that I can think of something fun for!

8. Is there a reason you didn't do the graph this week? My boys loved the pumpkin one I'm (they will be) very excited about the dino theme. they are ages 4 & 5 I guess if it doesn't go vroom it might as well roar :)Just wondering Thanks for all your wonderful resources.Melissa

9. Thanks for the great set!! My son LOVES dinosaurs, and at the slow pace we do school this is probably 2 or more weeks worth of stuff!

10. Ya, there is a reason! I FORGOT LOL! I'll put one up shortly, check back and thanks for reminding me hahaha!

11. Okay, the graphing is up now, I just forgot to add it! Sorry! Please feel free to let me know if you notice anything missing, I try to make similar stuff for each letter, but sometimes when posting I forget to upload images, as there are a lot! Thanks!

12. Thanks so much for sharing. We just used your ideas for the letter P. My girls are having great fun with it this week.Lorihomeschoolblogger.com/pearcefamily

13. You always have the cutest ideas! I really love the paint bag for letter writing. I will have to try that.

14. I love all your ideas and thanks for sharing them. But I have a question – what is snow? LOL.

15. Very funny! I just got done shoveling for 2 hours and that was only 1 side of the driveway and part of the sidewalk!

16. woo hoo, girl!! π You are making some amazing stuff!! Thanks so much for sharing it all and linking up!

17. I've got a great excuse for going back and doing some more /d/ stuff now. π Loved your printables.

19. I'm sure you timed this just for when I'm starting to study dinosaurs with my kids, right?

20. Absolutely! ;o)

21. HI!!! I have had your blog in my reader now for a little while but somehow missed an entire dino post!! Wanted you to know I will be adding this great link to my Dinosaur Tot Pack webpage (under the "more dino fun" section), you have some GREAT stuff! Thanks for sharing!http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/DinosaurTrain.htmlπ Carisa

22. I made quite a few of these things for my daughter and blogged about it here. http://chasingmarcus.blogspot.com/2010/01/dinosaur-tot-pack.html Thanks for all of the great resources. We have really enjoyed doing these activities.

23. Sure you can link back. I consider it an honor!

24. Love all the ideas!! I just started prek with my 3 year old and he loves it. We use some of your alphabet ideas. Love your cute dinosaurs!http://pandaandgiraffe.blogspot.com/2010/04/letter-d.html Laura

25. Wow, wow, wow. This is amazing! You are amazing! To create all of this, make it downloadable, teach your children, you are a great inspiration!

26. Hi Erica,I don't have a clue how to "link up", but here is my blog post that shows our little ones using your Dinosaur Number Game with the clothespins. Thanks for a great activity!http://jeffandjeannie.blogspot.com/2010/07/heeeyyymacaroni-and-few-other-things.html

27. Anonymous says:

Could you make a Dd set for Ducks and/or Daisies as an alternative to the Dinosaur?Thanks, Von

28. Eva Scott says:

Thank you so much for making all of your stuff available! It’s all SO good! I’ve recently starting doing some “school” activities with my almost 3 yr old and your stuff helps a ton!!

29. CHRISTA MURPHY says:

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, LOVE YOUR SITE! THANKS FOR SHARING! I AM A HOMESCHOOLING MOMMA OF 3 AND YOUR SITE IS SO HELPFUL FOR MY 4 YEAR OLD SON! THANKS AGAIN AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

30. thanks so much for posting! You are amazing!!

How does the graphing activity work? I keep skipping it since I’m not sure!

31. Angela says:

HI! My 4 year old and I are LOVING your site and printables! I feel as though he’s really learning from them. You are so generous to share these with us! One question, and I’m a bit embarrassed to ask, but how do you do the graphing? Thanks so much!

32. Just wanted to tell you that you are wonderful!

Thanks so much for all you do!

33. gini says:

Love all you have for Letter D. thank you for making these available for free. My preschooler’s are going to love these!!

34. Kati says:

Hi. Sorry to bother you, but I have a quick question. I have been using/printing your printables for months now, but tonight for some reason every time I try to download something, it says “The file link that you requested is not valid”. Do you know what I could be doing wrong. I have an account with 4shared.com. If you have any insight, I would gladly appreciate it. Thank you so much, Kati

35. Andrea Gardner says:

I tried downloading and it says “The file link that you requested is not valid.” I never had a problem before. Do you know why this is happening?

36. Ginny says:

What a great resource, I pretty much pinned every idea. My son and I are doing summer curriculum and panning on dinosaurs for next week. Thanks for sharing this!
Ginny

• Always a good job right here. Keep rolling on thghuro.

38. Allison says:

Hello,

39. Leah says:

If I could have instructions on how to download I would really appreciate it.

40. Ambrey says:

41. Amanda says:

Hello! I’m absolutely IN LOVE with your printables. I tested A and B out on my daughter when she was 20 months old and I just recently purchased your LOTW curriculum. LOVE all the extras. I would love to see a few number sequencing puzzle printables. They would be fabulous! Thanks!

42. I writing a post right now about our dinosaur week and would love to include a link to this article. Thanks for all the great ideas!

43. Lotty says:

Hi there! I love your site π but I am having problems on how to download..my laptop detected some virus that goes along with the file…Can you assist me on how to download the files successfully? Thank you so much and again, great site!!

• erica says:

Hi Lotty,
I’m emailed you a few screen prints to show you where to click for future. But you click the small download button on the first screen, then the one that says “free download” on the second screen i sent. Then you have to wait for the download clock. After that you’ll get a link to download now. I’m so sorry they make it so hard! It didn’t used to be like that, but unfortunately they’ve sold out to advertising…