FEB
15
2010

Prek Letter Z

Welcome to the Letter Z. We’ll be having fun with Zebras this week!

Click on the title of anything to download the printable!

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(Scroll down to download the Zebra floor numbers!)
Letter Z Memory Verse: “Zacchaeus make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” Luke 19:5 Click here to download the verse puzzle. (Note: I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek) 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 Z on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.

Song time:
Hide ‘Em in Your Heart Vol 1
Hide ‘Em In Your Heart Songs – Vol 2

 

Zebra Dominoes: I printed these cards in several different color combination’s so you can play a fun game of domino’s that’s on a prek level. Simply match up the zebra colors next to each other to play the game.

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Roll A Zebra! I found the idea on Play 2 Learn Printables, and had to make one for my alphabet collection! The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll a die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice

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Zebra Coloring Page: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they’re called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers. They’re shorter and easier for her to use. These pictured are chubby markers, they also make a skinny version. I got mine at Wal-mart.
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Letter Poking Page: I found this fun idea on Activity Mom. Instead of tracing, we are going to use a toothpick, or we have these cute Oversized Push Pins, to poke holes through the paper in the shape of the letter. Print on regular paper for easier poking, and do this one on carpet :) Another idea would be to hole punch along the lines of the letter as well. Both work on motor skills!
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Zz Tracing Card: This is new, I made it for kiddos who aren’t quite ready for my pre-writing or writing practice books. Its large and easier to trace. You could use markers, or laminate and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers
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Zebra Size Sort: Put these in order small to big or big to small then discuss which is largest, smallest and medium.
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Letter Z Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with Z! Some ideas: zebra, zipper, zigzag, zero.
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Zebra Numbers Practice: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.
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Zebra Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!
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Zebra Pattern Activity: Just use the pieces to practice pre-math pattern skills.
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Zebra Magnet Page: I use this 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. I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.78 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors
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Zebra Letter Matching: This is a fun letter matching activity, that practices both upper and lowercase letters recognition! If you’re looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! (The download includes upper and lowercase letter disks and activity cards) Click here to see the process of making the letters.
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(Please note, the original idea for this game came from Tot School and Carisa’s blog.)


Zebra Lacing Card: I make sure to laminate this one for durability, then punch with a hole punch every inch or so for lacing practice. Teach them patterns to do with this as well, like up from the bottom each time, or in-out-in-out sewing. Whatever pattern you can think of.
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Capital/Lowercase Zz sorting: Simple, just sort the uppercase and lowercase letters.
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Zebra Graphing: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with Expo Dry Erase Markers, or put bingo markers on it. You could also use the little stars I provided in the Jesus Number Cards game below.
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Zebra 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. Today, she put them in a row in random order then said the number as she hopped on each one.
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Zz Do-A-Dot Worksheet: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

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Zebra Cutting Practice: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!
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Zebra Counting Cards: 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 putting in numerical order. We put the correct amount of dominoes on each card based on its number.
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Zebra 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.

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11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!
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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!

 

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 letter on 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!
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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:

 

Color Cubes: 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. She also picked 2 colors of blocks and did a pattern as she made her letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a new variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too! Click here for more fun with Creative Color Cube Activity Cards
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Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word zebra so she knows the order of the letters. I got my lacing beads from Lakeshore Learning but these look more fun to me: Bead Bazaar Lacing Kits – Alphabet Lacing Kit
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Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.
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Kumon ABCs Uppercase Write & Wipe Flash Cards, they also have lowercase cards and Numbers.

 

Family Fun Night: Make some Zucchini bread and learn the song “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”! We’ll probably watch Madagascar since it includes Marty the Zebra!

Letter Z Reading:

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More Letter Z Fun and Crafts:

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Now that you’re done with the alphabet, check out some fun A-Z Review games!

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Comments

  1. Really, you ROCK! Thanks so much!

  2. These are great, Erica! We do miss the cut and pastes, though! My three-yr-old loved them! Thanks for sharing all your hard work!

  3. those zebras are something cute. :)

  4. I love those zebras! As always you do such wonderful activities. I know I say it every week. But really you do!

  5. The letter Z memory verse puzzle gives the link for the letter K verse puzzle. :)Thanks for all your printables! You have inspired me to make many of my own printable items!

  6. Stephanie: Sorry about that, it's fixed now and pointing to the Letter Z puzzle! :o) Thanks for letting me know!

  7. you have SOO many fun manipulatives. any good resources for them?? Dlpjmgold@gmail.com

    • Misty: I don’t have a one stop shop for math manipulatives, we get them all over! I probably found some at Wal-m*rt, Lakeshore Learning, used curriculum fairs and other local teacher stores! :o) Have to keep your eyes open for good deals!

  8. Dear Erica,

    Where did you get the pictures which you have created under your Letter A to Z section? I love the pictures which you had created such as the monkeys, fish and zebras.

    I am a mother of a 6 year old boy. My son has autism and is non-verbal. I had downloaded some of your puzzles and shape sorting and he enjoyed working on them. I would like to create more learning plateforms such as folder games and worksheets for him but I have little knowledge on how to create them. Do you have time to share with me? Thank you!

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