Welcome to the Letter X. We’ll be having fun with Xylophones this week!

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Letter X Memory Verse: “eXceeding great and precious promises are given unto us” 2 Peter 1:4

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 X 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

Roll A Xylophone! I found this 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 the 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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Letter X Shape Puzzles: Cut out each zylophone, then cut along dotted line to make shape matching puzzles.

X 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. I got mine at Wal-mart.

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Letter X Scavenger hunt: Since not too many things start with the letter X, fill your box with things that have an X in them!

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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**Note: To get all of the games in my Letter of the Week curriculum, please check out the full curriculum in my store!**

Xx 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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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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Numbers Practice:I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills. You can also print this in grayscale and use for more scissor skills practice!
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Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!

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Pattern Activity: Just use the pieces to practice pre-math pattern skills.

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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, 0.75 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors
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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.)

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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X Do-A-Dot Worksheet: We usually use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this, but today I found some circle stickers (the kind you use for garage sales) and she used those. It was a great variation and good for fine motor skills, patterning, and one-to-one correspondence!

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Cutting Practice:Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!

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Counting: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.

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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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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 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:

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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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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 Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word ‘kite’ 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

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: Okay, I had to get creative to find a food that starts with X, so…that said, we’ll have Xiangjiao (Chinese for banana)! And a lovely reader reminded me that she made X’s for snacks using pretzels.

Note: To get all of the games in my Letter of the Week curriculum, please check out the full curriculum in my store!

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

14 Comments

  1. Hi, Erica. I have been using your LOTW since last winter and I (and my daughter) absolutely love everything about it. You are quite gifted. I see that you have received requests in the past with suggestions, so I hope I am not out of line to do so. But I was wondering if you have ever considered making an additional letter X combination with something that utilizes the phonetic sound of X instead? X-ray comes to mind.

    Anyway, I know how busy you are, but I thought I would just offer the suggestion. Again, I truly appreciate this curriculum and look forward to using the K4 curriculum.

    Trish

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