I’m Anna from The Measured Mom, back at Crystal and Company to bring you an adorable Letter of the Week Craft: J is for Jellyfish! All of my kids loved making this one, and I think it will be a hit at your house, too. Be sure to check the end of the post for more alphabet activities for preschoolers like rhymes and books for letter J!
- Letter J printed onto white paper and cut out (see pattern: large letter J)
- Jellyfish printed onto white cardstock (see pattern: J is for Jellyfish pattern)
- glitter paint (you can use regular paint, but this is what makes the craft extra special)
- one piece colored construction paper
- glue stick (we also used school glue to glue down the eyes)
- two large googly eyes
2. After the jellyfish has dried, glue the letter J onto the construction paper. Leave plenty of space at the top.
3. Cut out the jellyfish pieces. Glue the tentacles so that they hang down from the top of the J.
5. Put down two dots of glue for the eyes.
6. Add two googly eyes, and you’re done!
NURSERY RHYMES FOR LETTER J:
Do you know the tune for Jack and Jill? I grew up reciting this rhyme, but I recently learned a melody. Find it on youtube!
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown, and Jill came tumbling after.
Up Jack got and home did trot as fast as he could caper.
He went to bed and bound his head with vinegar and brown paper.
This is a fun rhyme to do while bouncing your toddler on your knee — or your preschooler if your knee can handle it .
Jelly on a plate,
Jelly on a plate.
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble,
Jelly on a plate.
Be sure to do both verses of this favorite!
Jack Sprat could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between the both of them
They licked the platter clean.
Jack ate all the lean,
Joan ate all the fat.
The bone they picked it clean
And gave it to the cat.
BOOKS TO READ FOR LETTER J:
Norma Jean, Jumping Bean, by Joanna Cole
This adorable book is about a cheerful kangaroo who jumps wherever she goes — until her constant jumping frustrates all her friends. A dejected Norma Jean trudges everywhere until the other animals miss their bouncy friend, and she becomes her old self once again.
Peanut Butter and Jelly, by Nadine Bernard Westcott
I love Westcott’s hilarious illustrations for familiar rhymes! Kids will love the crazy mess as elephants stomp the peanuts to create “peanut butter, peanut butter!”
OTHER LETTER OF THE WEEK CRAFTS:
- A is for Alligator
- B is for Butterfly
- C is for Car
- D is for Doghouse
- E is for Eagle
- F is for Frog
- G is for Goat
- H is for House
- I is for Ice Cream
LETTER OF THE WEEK SNACKS:
Anna taught eight years and received her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on literacy. In 2007 she began her career as a stay-at-home mom. She has four children – a girl (6) and three boys (4,3,1). She enjoys teaching them at home and after her daughter’s morning at kindergarten. Anna blogs at www.themeasuredmom.com.