I’m Anna from The Measured Mom, bringing you another Letter of the Week Craft! This week my kids made lamps for the letter L.
Need more alphabet activities for preschoolers to go with the craft? Check out my rhymes and book recommendations at the bottom of this post – and be sure to check out the rest of the posts in this series!
- lamp shade copied onto white cardstock (see this pattern: L is for Lamp pattern)
- letter L cut out of construction paper (see pattern)
- plug cut out of black construction paper (see pattern)
- paint brush
- black marker
- glue stick
- one piece of white paper
1. Paint the lamp shade. I encouraged my kids to paint each section a different color, or at least alternate colors. You may find that this is hard for your younger preschooler — but for children who can do it, it’s a nice fine motor challenge.
2. When the lamp shade is dry (perhaps the next day), cut it out. Then glue down the letter L in the center of your paper.
3. Add the lamp shade.
4. Use the black marker to draw a cord.
5. Glue down the black plug at the end of the cord.
6. Now use your black marker to draw two little prongs at the end of the cord.
And here are our lovely lamps, lighting up the room!
NURSERY RHYMES FOR LETTER L:
Of course I had to include this favorite:
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
It followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And can’t tell where to find them.
Leave them alone,
And they’ll come home,
Bringing their tails behind them.
Have you heard this rhyme? Some variations use the word “ladybird.”
Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home.
Your house is on fire, your children all gone.
All but one, and her name is Ann.
And she crept under the frying pan.
BOOKS TO READ FOR LETTER L:
Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen
If your library has unbending librarians, you might love this book as much as I did! One day a lion comes to the library, but he quickly learns that if he is going to be welcome at story time, he must follow Miss Merriweather’s rules. Anxious to stay, the lion learns to follow every rule — until an emergency, when he must carry out a rescue. Miss Merriweather learns that there are times to break the rules – even in the library!
Lost, by David McPhail
If you’ve never read a David McPhail book, please start with this one and work your way through his 50+ titles! In Lost, a confused and frightened bear finds himself lost in the city. A young boy helps him find his way home. The pictures are darling and the story is simple – a winning combination for young listeners.
The Little Lamb, by Judy Dunn
If you’ve been following our Letter of the Week series, you know that I love to include books that are favorites from my childhood. Here’s one of them – and it’s still popular today. The pictures may be dated, but kids still love the story of the mischievous little lamb named Timothy and the girl who cares for him.
For many more ideas to teach the letter L, visit this link.
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
- J is for Jellyfish
- K is for King
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.