Letter H for Hippo

Welcome to Letter H! We are having fun with Hippos this week! Hope you enjoy!

(Scroll down for the large floor number cards!)

Letter H Memory Verse:
“Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
“Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise” Ephesians 6:2

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 H 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

Letter H Writing Practice:

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Blend Ladder reading practice:

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Letter H sign language:

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Letter H Tracing: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.

Hh Do-A-Dot Page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

Hippo Scissor Skills! A new one, I’ve been wanting to do more scissor skills, so decided to add an activity for my alphabet packs! Just print and cut along the lines. I’ll be doing these for future letters and changing up the patterns as well.

Hippo Cut & Paste: A new activity we are trying, cut out the hippo and glue onto construction paper, or better yet, paint a background!

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!

Hippo Size Sorting! I’m doing a variation on the usual size sorting game (small, medium, large), this time I’ll have her put them in order small to big or big to small. Afterwards, we discuss which one is biggest, smallest, medium.
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Hippo Magnet Card: 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, 0.75 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors
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Hippo Scavenger Hunt: fill the box with things that start with H! Some ideas: hat, horse, hand, hotdog (fake food), heart, hammer.

Hippo Puzzle: Easy, just cut along the guidelines and you have a 6 piece puzzle!

Hippo Pattern Activity: Use the pieces to practice patterning skills, a pre-math skill.

Hippo Number Practice: I laminate then hole punch the upper left corner, and bind with a keyring. Then we use dry-erase to practice writing our numbers.

Hippo 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…click here for an illustration:

Hippo Graphing: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with dry-erase marker, or put bingo markers on it. The Teeny Tot likes to get involved.
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Hippo Large 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.

Hippo Coloring page: color or use Do-a-Dot Art Markers, Pip-Squeaks Markers, you could also paint, watercolor etc.

Hippo Color Word Match: Match the correct color hippo to the word on the card. Because we’re in Prek, I colored the words to help her, but you could print page 1 in gray-scale for more of a challenge! I may still cut these little guys out then cut them in half in as many different ways as I can think of to make tiny color matching puzzles as well.

Hippo Number 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. In the below picture, my dd clipped numbered mini-clothes pins to each card.
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Hippo Building: These activities are great for spatial relations, patterns, logical reasoning, geometric concepts, & computation skills. Click here to see CREATIVE COLOR CUBES ACTIVITY CARDS!
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Hippo 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.

Capital/Lowercase H sorting: Simple, just sort the uppercase and lowercase letters.
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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 H and h 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! (Sorry, I used the picture from Letter D because I’m lazy!)

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 D and d. 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.

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!

Hippo Letter Bead Lacing! I’ll put an index card in this box with the word ‘hippo’ so she knows the order of the letters. I got my lacing beads from Lakeshore Learning but these from Amazon look more fun to me: Bead Bazaar Lacing Kits – Alphabet Lacing Kit (maybe Christmas!)
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Kumon ABCs Uppercase Write & Wipe Flash Cards: Always turns into this…

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:

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

Tangram Picture Card from Lakeshore Learning:

Family Fun Night! Make Hamburgers and watch “Horton Hears a Who
” or “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (The cartoon version!)

More Letter H Activities and Crafts:

Artists Helping Children Hippo Crafts
No Time For Flashcards H Craft

Extra: See my Money Saving Tips for help with printing, laminating and storage questions and tips!

22 Comments

  • CBH November 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on Nov. 26, 2010. Thanks again.

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  • The Fabulous Side of Me November 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Do you have the sign language print outs available on your website? Thanks for all you do!

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  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler November 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    FABULOUS: Sorry, I don't have the sign language cards on my site, I am working on them.

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  • The Fabulous Side of Me November 27, 2010 at 6:30 am

    OK thanks for letting me know!

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  • Anonymous February 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Would apppreciate if you could enable us to download your Hippo Magnetic Letters. Cheers

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  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler February 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Anonymous: Which file are you talking about, they should all be working. If you are talking about the link to the magnetic letter builders it is here:http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2009/09/magnetic-alphabet-builders.html

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  • Shilps April 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Hi, I had a query.Just wanted to know from what age can a child do lacing activities as I have a 19 month old toddler.Is it the right age or should I wait some more time. Thanks a lot

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  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler April 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    SHILPS: I think usually 3 years old is good for my LOTW activities. I'd say give the lacing a try and if it works then they're ready, if they're frustrated then they're not!

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  • Kristen August 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Just linked up my blog post to this one for the week 🙂

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  • Cathy Kenny June 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

    just wanted to let you know the Hippo highlight words aren’t there though we can click on the picture then the download opens. so still there just different 😉

    also can i just suggest where you have the matching upper and lower case hippos’ and it’s the same for other pages. instead of having the hippo with the H or h on it, it would be nice to have the option of just the letter on it’s own, so it’s not as confusing visually. it’s cute having the hippos but I’m finding that my son is distracted by the fish, hippos… the background page is wonderful having the hippo’s at the bottom and the page split in two with capital one side and lower case the other. but yeah I’m just finding I would rather have just the plain letters ‘H’ and ‘h” on their own. My son has a disability and we have loved and really appreciated all you have put together. I click on lots of your links I don’t buy as we cant buy from some links as we are in Australia however I have from Amazon.. thanks again, hope you don’t mind me posting this

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