Letter of the Week: A is for Alligator (Preschool Printable)

Are you looking for education resources that you can use with your preschooler? I am over the moon thrilled to begin sharing a letter of the week activity for preschoolers with you.

As many of you know I homeschool four of our boys. Our youngest just turned 4. We use Sonlight’s awesome preschool curriculum which is full of memory making literature experiences. I have been hungry to add more preschool crafts to our routine with Matthew- I just have not had time to study and search for the perfect ideas. This got me thinking, if I am looking for these  activities for kids, you are too!

It only made sense to bring on fellow mom blogger Anna who has her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on literacy. Her passion is to teach reading. It is absolutely a blessing to have her here! (Learn more about her and her sweet little ones below.)

Not only will Anna share a letter of the week craft with us, but she is also showing us books, songs and play ideas that we can incorporate with this craft. It is like our own little Mother’s Day Out, but we are Mother’s Day In.

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I’m Anna from The Measured Mom, and I’m so excited to begin a weekly preschool craft series at Crystal and Co!  Today begins our first Letter of the Week craft: A is for alligator!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1. Apply glue to the letter A.  I prefer glue sticks because they’re less messy, but my kids did need to reapply the glue as they worked.

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2. Attach green “scales” to create your alligator.

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3. Cut out the alligator teeth.  Depending on the age/ability of your preschooler, you may need to help with this.  My 2-year-old, 4-year-old, and almost 6-year-old were doing this craft together.  My youngest insisted on doing some cutting himself — but as he cannot cut on lines yet, I did most of the cutting for him.

4. Glue the teeth inside the alligator’s mouth.  This was a bit tough for my 2-year-old, who didn’t quite get how to line the teeth up along the mouth.  I was so busy helping him I forgot to get a picture of this step – whoops!

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5. Draw  a black circle or oval inside each white circle for the eyes.

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6. Attach eyes to the alligator.

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6. Feed letter A’s to the alligator by gluing them inside his mouth.  You can cut these out of magazines, use stickers, or use the printable.  My daughter, who is just finishing kindergarten, drew them herself.  Your preschooler may want to do the same.

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7. And here our are finished projects :)

 

Here are just a few ideas to expand your letter A exploration:

Fingerplay for letter A:

Way up high in the apple tree (arms stretched up  high)
Two little apples smiled at me (point to cheeks)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (pretend to shake tree)
Down came the apples (make downward motion with arms)
Mmm, they were good! (rub stomach)

Song for letter A (my  kids love this one):

Oh, I wish I was a marching army ant.
Oh, I wish I was a marching army ant.
Oh, I’d marchy way up high, 
Until I could touch the sky.
Oh, I wish I was a marching army ant.  

(from DLTK-teach.com)

Favorite books for letter A: 

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Henry’s Awful Mistakeby Robert Quackenbush

This wonderful story was one of my childhood favorites. I’m afraid that buying it new might be impossible (unless you want to pay waaay too much money), but do check your library!  Henry the duck is having his friend Clara over for dinner, when he sees an ant.  He tries to smash the ant with a frying pan, but it gets away.  In all his efforts to get the ant, he smashes a hole in his wall, breaks a pipe, and floods his house.  A little dramatic, but a great story — and it has a nice ending. :)

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“I Can’t!” Said the Ant, by Polly Cameron

Here’s another book that’s hard to find new, but your library should carry it.  Younger children might not appreciate this because the pictures are not colorful, but your older preschooler might love the story and all the interesting rhymes.  The teapot falls and needs help getting up… all the items in the kitchen try to help.  “Get a batallion! said the scallion…”  I’m a huge fan of rhyming books for kids.  They are so important for getting your child ready to read.

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Ants, by Melvin & Gilda Berger

Please, snatch up any of these little readers from Melvin & Gilda Berger that you can find.  This kind of nonfiction is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  When I was teaching these types of books made reading nonfiction possible for my earliest readers.

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Applesby Samantha Berger

My 4 1/2 year old is just learning to read, and this was the first book he could read by himself.  He was so proud!  If your child can read numbers, he can read this book.  On each page is a famous work of art featuring apples.  “1 apple…2 apples….3 apples…”

Anna taught eight years before she began her career as a stay-at-home mom.  She has four children – a girl (5) and three boys (4,2,1).  She enjoys teaching them at home and after her daughter’s morning at kindergarten.  Anna blogs at www.themeasuredmom.com.

 

Comments

  1. Bobbie says

    Thank-you for sharing this!!! What a great resource, we’ve been doing letter of the week for 2yrs here at my dayhome and I NEED new ideas!! your plan in so easy to follow and laid out really well :) Love it! pinned and shared
    Bobbie P

  2. Em says

    Thank you so much for sharing these ideas! I have a 4 year old who I am homeschooling this year and I know she will love the letter crafts! Made my work a whole lot easier! Thank you for sharing this with us. I found a link to your site through pintrest. :D

  3. Deloris says

    Thank you for the great ideas. I have wallpapered my hall with my grandson’s letter activities. We are looking forward to x,y,z.

  4. Daniele says

    I am a pre-k teacher and we just did this project in my class and they LOVED it!!! Thank you so much for sharing it really cut out a lot of time with the printables!

      • says

        Yes I did thank you SOO much. I am reviewing A B C with her this week but mainly C, cause of the holidays. I have saved the site on my favs and be working with your resources this week. I like to mix it up right. This way she doesn’t catch on or get bored lol! Thank you again I simply love your site :D I also appreciate the you took the time to respond. Very Nice.
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  5. Rik says

    Thanks so much for this! I’m a new preschool teacher and I think my kids would enjoy this! More power :)

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