Hi everyone! Welcome to the Teeny Tot’s Letter U preschool week where we’ll be having fun with Umbrellas!
Letter U Memory Verse: “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks.” Psalm 75:1
Umbrella Cut and Paste:
Umbrella Shape Puzzles: Cut out each umbrella, then cut in half for shape matching puzzles.
Letter U bracelet: This is included in each week for the Letter of the Week curriculum. The bracelet has the letter, number, and shape for each week. They color the bracelet, then cut it out and glue it at the ends.
Umbrella Counting!This game is for counting practice. Simply cut out along the lines so you end up with squares. Have your child match up the cards by matching the number of raindrops to the card with the appropriate number on it.
Umbrella Color by Number: 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.
Letter Poking Page: We use toothpicks, or these cute Oversized Push Pins, to poke holes through the paper holes along the lines 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! When you’re done, hold the sheet up to the window and see your letter shine through!
Uu 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
Letter U Scavenger Hunt:Fill the box with things that start with U! Some ideas: umbrella, unicorn, underwear, untensils.
Umbrella Magnet Page: I use this with a cookie sheet and our pom-pom magnets. I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.78 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors
Umbrella Letter Matching: This is a fun letter matching activity, use your letter disks to match the letters on the page. Click here to see the process of making the letter disks.
Umbrella 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.
Capital/Lowercase Uu sorting: Simple, just sort out the attached uppercase and lowercase letters.
Umbrella 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. The number cards go from 1-10. (I didn’t have a picture of the Teeny Tot, but here is Tinker Bell from a couple years ago doing the large floor numbers!)
11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!
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! (Pretend the v below is a u ;o)
Letter Collage Worksheets: The download includes letters A-Z as well as a collage idea sheet. We use these items as objects to decorate our letters for an alphabet book. Since we use both upper and lowercase, I have provided both for you! Click here to download the Letter Collages:
I also use our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards to serve as templates for our 1″ building blocks. We pick 2 colors of blocks and do a pattern as we form the letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too! Click here for more fun with Creative Color Cube Activity Cards
Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word “umbrella” 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
Play Balloon Volleyball: A good friend of mine over at 7renfros suggested a fun game called “Balloon volleyball”, its basically a toddler-friendly version of regular volleyball. Kids take turns batting a balloon up in the air, with the goal of trying to keep it off the ground as it floats downward. You can shout out words that start with the letter “U” each time you hit the balloon! Thanks Melissa, great idea!
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!
Magnetic Alphabet Builders: You can download the magnetic alphabet file here. I have a Xyron 9″ laminator and I found some magnetic laminate from Joann’s. (Use a 40% off coupon as its a little pricey!) I rolled the printout through the magnetic laminate and cut it out and voila!
Letter Identification: Pick out the letter “U” from the others using Magnetic Alphabet Letters and whiteboard:
Family Fun Night: Have some Udon Noodles or Ugli Fruit and watch Up!
Letter U Reading:
More Letter U Fun and Crafts:
Letter U Reading Picks:
Have some fun Letter U Preschool Ideas to share? Make sure to leave a comment below!
So those are just some of what I managed to capture via photos this week, but you can click here to download all of the Letter U preschool activities, or check out my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum to get the entire alphabet all at once!