Hand Print Art: D is for Dog

Are you keeping up with all of our hand print art craft ideas we are sharing each week. This week we tackle the letter D and use our hand print to make a dog! 

Remember, at the end of this post we have more letter of the week activities you can use as your teach your the alphabet to your preschooler! Lots of hands on learning!


 

It’s week four of our hand print art alphabet series. Today’s craft is Letter D is for Dog. They are my 3 year old’s absolute favorite animal. She was more than excited to turn her little handprint into a ‘doggie.’ I think it turned out so cute! We also added grass made with fingerprints. If you have a pet dog, it would be fun to make the craft look like him/her.

Hand Print Art: D is for Dog

Supplies Needed:

Hand Print Dog Craft

Instructions for making the hand print dog:

1. Make a brown handprint with the finger pointed down.

2. Add a brown thumbprint at the tip of the thumb.This creates the head area.

3. Paint the pointer finger using black paint – just to where the knuckle bends. Press it on the thumb next to the head. This creates the ear.

Hand Print Art: D is for Dog Craft

4. Use markers to draw on an eye, nose, mouth, collar, lines on the paws, and a tail (or paint the tail).

5. Write D is for Dog.

Hand Print Art: D is for Dog

6. Paint just the fingers with green paint, then make a print at the bottom of the page. Repeat across the whole bottom edge of the paper. This creates the grass.

Hand Print Dog Craft

Click here to see another way to make a handprint dog.

 

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter D)

 

 

Amanda @artsy_mommaAmanda is an ‘artsy momma’ to 2 kids who love making crafts just as much as she does. Follow their creative journey over on the blog titled Artsy Momma. Besides crafts, they share fun food ideas, hands-on learning activities, mommy DIY, + lots more! If you love handprint art, head over to their Fun Handprint Art blog where you will find hundreds of their projects all made with little hands and feet.

20 Books Children Must Read: Letter L

Are you ready for another collection of books children must read? This lists focuses on the letter Ll. It  includes books that are from various authors and it is perfect to take with you to the library.

You can click through each link and read more about the author and story line. You preschooler will love this list!

This list goes perfectly with out letter of the week crafts and activities for preschoolers as you learn how to teach the alphabet to them. There are links to each of these activities listed at the end ot his post. You can certainly use this resources as your preschool curriculum this school year!

20 Book Children Must Read Letter L 

20 Books Children Must Read: Letter L

1.Little Blue Truck Board Book
2.5 Little Monkeys Jumpin’ on the Bed: A Sing ‘N Count Book
3.Little Hidden Pictures
4.Ladybug Girl
5.Little Bear 
6.Love You Forever
7.ABC with Loompy
8.Lost and Found
9.Little Penguin Gets Lost!
10.The Last Day of Kindergarten
11.Llama Llama Home with Mama
12.The Grouchy Ladybug
13.Little Miss Hug (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
14.Little Miss Splendid and the Princess (Mr. Men and Little Miss)
15.Little Owl’s Night
16.Loopy Coop Hens: Oh No! A Fox!
17.Little Dinosaur (Look at Me Books (Barron’s))
18.Let’s Talk About Feeling Angry
19.Look Whooo’s Counting
20.The Line Up Book

Want more fun learning activities to go with the letter Ll for your little one? We have crafts, printables, snacks and more! Just click on the links below!

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter Ll)

Preschool Letter Worksheets: F is for Frog

As you work on your letter of the week crafts with your little one, don’t forget to also incorporate our preschool letter worksheets . These are perfect for preschoolers and young learners as they work on letter recognition.

This is a free printable that uses Do a Dot markers to identify letters and builds fine motor skills.

At the end of this post I also share with you many other letter of the week activities you can do with your preschooler as you teach them the letter E.

preschool letter worksheets do a dot printables

You Will Need:

Print the printable off by clicking the link above.

Have your preschooler choose his favorite Do a Dot marker. We chose green.

Ask your preschooler if he can find all of big D’s and all of the little d’s on the paper.

preschool letter worksheets f is for frogHave him use his marker to mark each one.

You can find all of the little f’s first, or all of the big F’s first or just mark them as you find them.

do a dot letter f

Remind him what the letter F looks like.

Use your alphabet flip book for preschoolers to remind them. (There is a link at the end of this post that shows you how to make your own flip book. Super easy!)

Trace over the big F and little f with their finger.

Ask them to think of all the things that start with the letter Ff. We thought of frog, fox, feather, fan. family, fog and more!

f is for fox letter of the week

Now you can let your preschooler color the frog.

These do a dot printables are simple, but always fun. A great learning activity that gives more practice for letter recognition.

letter of the week f is for frog do a dot

 

Are you looking for more letter of the week activities to add to your homeschool curriculum? I have tons here!

 

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter Ff)

Handwriting Practice for Kids: E is for Eagle

Are you in the mist of teaching your preschooler his ABC’s? The perfect way to do this is with letter of the week activities for kids! We have a craft for each letter of the alphabet here!

Outside of crafts we have activities that allow us to move one step further. Handwriting practice for kids is a great way to incorporate further learning of the alphabet. This week’s printable is for the letter E.

I make it easy. All you have to do is print out this sheet and do it with your preschooler or young learner. Let’s practice making an E for eagle!

Don’t forget. At the end of this post I have a list of links for more letter of the week crafts and activities for preschoolers.

handwriting practice for kids e is for eagle

 

You Will Need:

Print out your e is for eagle handwriting printable.

handwriting practice for kids 2

 

See the big E and little e at the top left of the page? It has arrows showing you the formation of the letter.

Have your child use their finger to trace the letter.

Next, grab your alphabet flip book. Find the letter E.

What sounds does it make. Say it out loud with your preschooler.

What are other things that start with the letter E? Egg, elephant, elevator, engine, escalator, Eskimo… how many words can you recite?

We love using this book for thinking of more words that start with the letter we are working on:  My First Picture Dictionary.

 

alphabet flip book

Next, they need to trace the letter on the page. 

The first row is all big E’s.

The second row is all little e’s.

The third row alternates with big and little.

The last row is for independent practice.

 

e is for eagle

 

 

And there you have it. You have just completed handwriting practice for kids with your young learner.

More Educational Activities for Preschoolers:

Hand Print Art: C is for Car

I am in love with these hand print art craft ideas that we’re sharing each week. And the cool thing is, it touches on another way for kids to learn. Creating with our hands is a great way to help the things we are learning stick in our mind. 

Each week we have a new way to create a fun hand print that represents a letter of the alphabet. These are perfect for preschoolers and young learners. This week we are focusing on c is for car! 

Don’t forget, we also have a collection of books children must read, Do a Dot printables, handwriting practice, and snacks ideas for each letter of the week. 


 

Hi everyone! It’s week three of the hand print art alphabet series I’m contributing here on Crystal & Co. Have you been following along?

Today is letter C is for Car. I have seen lots of adorable footprint cars in the past that I absolutely love, however, for this series we are making a hand print one. A fun book to go along with this craft is Cars Galore by Peter Stein. There are many different colors and styles of vehicles in the story. Your child may even want to make their craft inspired by one of the cars from the book.

Hand Print Art: C is for Car

Supplies Needed:

 

Hand Print Art: C is for Car

Instructions for making the hand print car:

  1. Paint the hand in color of choice.
  2. Make a sideways hand print in the center of the paper with the thumb on the top. Try to place the thumb on an angle versus straight up and down.
  3. Paint just the thumb in a different color of paint as the car print.
  4. Make a thumbprint on top of the middle area of the hand print. It should look like a little thumbprint person is driving the car…. tee, hee!
  5. Make 2 tires using black construction paper. I traced around a circular shaped object in the same size I wanted the tires to be. Trace and cut 2 smaller white circles to place in the center of the black ones. Glue the tires on. If making with a toddler, you may wish to make glue dots where you would like the tires to be.
  6. Draw on a door handle using a marker. Also draw facial features on the little thumbprint person. I also made a bow for the top of the head. My daughter often wears bows and flower hair clips so I thought it would be a cute way to represent her driving the car.
  7. Draw a road outline and write ‘C is for Car’ near the top.
  8. Color the road (and letters if making bubble letters). My daughter drew a sun on as well.

Hand Print Car Craft

Children may also like making designs on their car.

Or they could make it a race car and add flames coming out the back end.

Instead of making a thumbprint person, print a photo of the child. Cut around their silhouette and glue it in place.

Use acid-free glue if you are wanting to have the project for a long time or stored away as a keepsake.

Glue that isn’t acid-free tends to turn yellowish-brown over time.

Hand Print Art: C is for Car

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter C)

 

Amanda @artsy_mommaAmanda is an ‘artsy momma’ to 2 kids who love making crafts just as much as she does. Follow their creative journey over on the blog titled Artsy Momma. Besides crafts, they share fun food ideas, hands-on learning activities, mommy DIY, + lots more! If you love handprint art, head over to their Fun Handprint Art blog where you will find hundreds of their projects all made with little hands and feet.

Hand Print Art: B is for Butterfly

Ready for another hand print art craft to go with our letter of the week craft series for preschoolers? Today we are focusing on the letter B. Make sure you check out the additional resources listed at the end of this post that go with the lesson. It includes books you can read to your little one as you learn each letter, Do a Dot printbales, handwriting practice for each letter and snack ideas.

We will be adding a new hand print art craft for each letter of the alphabet.  Each one will coordinate with our already existing curriculum. Your young learner will love this and look forward to the new one each week. Hand on learning makes learning fun!


 

Hi, it’s Amanda from the blog Fun Handprint Art! Did you see our guest post last week, A is for Alligator? In case you missed it, it’s part of an entire hand print alphabet series. Today’s hand print art is B is for Butterfly. While we were making the alligator last week, my daughter asked if she could make a pink butterfly so it worked out perfect for today’s post. She wants to make everything pink these days!

Hand Print Art  B is for Butterfly

Supplies Needed:

Hand Print Art  B is for Butterfly

Instructions for making the hand print butterfly:

  1. Paint hand in color of choice, then make a hand print on a slight angle at the bottom half of the paper.
  2. Make another handprint on a slight angle (opposite way as the 1st one) on the top half of the paper making the palms meet or even overlap a little bit.
  3. Glue green pom poms on to create the body. We used 3 different sizes, but all the same size is fine too. If you don’t have pom poms, you could do fingerprints instead.
  4. Cut a small piece from a pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Curl the ends to shape the antennae. Glue on top of the head.
  5. Glue on the googly eye.
  6. Draw a mouth on with a black marker.
  7. Decorate the butterfly wings! We used jewel gems on our in fun shapes. Alternatively, you could decorate them with sequins, buttons, markers, and so on. My daughter also added foam glitter flower stickers around the butterfly.
  8. Write B is for Butterfly.

Hand Print Art  B is for Butterfly

 

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter B)

 

 

Amanda @artsy_mommaAmanda is an ‘artsy momma’ to 2 kids who love making crafts just as much as she does. Follow their creative journey over on the blog titled Artsy Momma. Besides crafts, they share fun food ideas, hands-on learning activities, mommy DIY, + lots more! If you love handprint art, head over to their Fun Handprint Art blog where you will find hundreds of their projects all made with little hands and feet.

20 Letter K Books Children Must Read

If you’re teaching your toddler, preschooler, pre-k’er or Kindergartner their alphabet, incorporating books and literature that focus on that letter is a great way to make learning memorable.

Here is a list of 20 books children must read as they learn the letter Kk. It  includes books that are from various authors. Your young learner will love them!

I encourage you to first check your book shelves for these books. If you don’t have them, make a list and check them out for free at the library. If you want to know more about each title, you can click the link below and read more about the book and author. Or, you can grab these books off of Amazon and have them delivered straight to your door. (I love Amazon! Many of these are Prime books that you can get free shipping on.)

This book list ties in perfectly with all of our letter of the week crafts and activities for preschoolers. You will find links to all of these ideas at the end of this post.

20 Letter K Books Children Must Read

 20 Books Children Must Read: Letter K

1.Kindergarten, Here I Come!
2.Knock Knock Who’s There: My First Book Of Knock Knock Jokes
3.The Emperor and the Kite
4.Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?
5.Clifford’s Kitten
6.A Kiss for Little Bear
7.The Kitten Book (Look-Look)
8.Kids Books: The Lost Kitten
9.The Shy Little Kitten
10.Kitten’s First Full Moon
11.Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
12.Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story
13.Kite Flying
14.Little Critter: Just a Kite
15.The Kite Festival
16.The Knight and the Dragon
17.Knock at the Door
18.The King, the Mice and the Cheese
19.King of the Railway
20.Dora and the Unicorn King
Want more fun learning activities to go with the letter Kk for your little one? We have crafts, printables, snacks and more! Just click on the links below!

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter Kk)

Hand Print Art: A is for Alligator

As you know we have a letter of the week craft series for preschoolers on this site. We also have additional activities to go with these lessons like books you can read to your preschooler as you learn each letter, Do a Dot printbales, handwriting practice for each letter and snack ideas. Now we are adding a hand print art craft for each letter of the alphabet. How exciting is this? Each one will coordinate with our already existing curriculum, like a is for alligator, b is for butterfly, etc.  Your preschooler, pre-k kid or kindergartner will love this!


 

Hi everyone! I’m Amanda and I will be guest blogging an entire hand print art alphabet series here on Crystal & Co. over the next few months. It should be a fun series and I am excited to see it all come together when all 26 letters are finished! Up 1st is the craft A is for alligator.

Hand Print Art A is for Alligator

Supplies Needed:

Hand Print Art - A is for Alligator

Instructions for making the hand print alligator:

  1. Have both the blue and green paint open and ready, each with their own paintbrush.
  2. You will be painting half the hand in each color. Paint the half with the thumb, index, and middle finger using the green paint.
  3. Use blue to paint the other half with the pinky and ring finger blue.
  4. Make a hand print on the paper keeping in mind that the thumb will be the top of the alligator and the pinky will be on the bottom creating the water. Create a ‘V’ shape between the pointer and index – the rest of the fingers should be touching each other including the thumb. Our’s has a gap where the thumb is supposed to be touching making the eye area huge!
  5. You can either stop there with just one print, or you could make a 2nd one creating the alligator’s body. To do this, repeat the same steps for painting the hand as above using the opposite hand.
  6. Make the print with the palms touching and the colors matching the other hand print.
  7. Set aside to dry.
  8. Once dry, outline the two green fingers and add teeth – now you have the mouth done!
  9. Next, outline the thumb (eye area) all the way to the tip of the pointer finger of the 2nd hand print. Draw a tail and then make a wavy outline where the two colors meet. Finish outlining the blue water.
  10. Color in the tail with a green marker.
  11. Add an eye and a black dot for the nose.
  12. Write A is for Alligator.

Hand Print Art - A is for Alligator Craft

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter A)

Amanda @artsy_mommaAmanda is an ‘artsy momma’ to 2 kids who love making crafts just as much as she does. Follow their creative journey over on the blog titled Artsy Momma. Besides crafts, they share fun food ideas, hands-on learning activities, mommy DIY, + lots more! If you love handprint art, head over to their Fun Handprint Art blog where you will find hundreds of their projects all made with little hands and feet.

Handwriting Practice for Kids: D is for Dog

As you are teaching your child the alphabet, it is important to also have them practice wiring and tracing the letter on paper.

If you are using my letter of the week crafts to teach your little one a new letter each week. these handwriting practice for kids printables is a great fine motor skill activity to include.

I make it easy. All you have to do is print out this sheet and do it with your preschooler or young learner.

At the end of this post I also have a link to the craft, a book list for the library, a Do a Dot printable,  a snack and a few more activities if you’re interested.

Let me show you how to use this.

handwriting practice for kids d is for dog

 

You Will Need:

 

Print out your d is for dog handwriting printable by clicking the link above. handwriting practice for kids: d is for dog

First, let’s look at the big D and little d at the top left of the page.

Notice the arrows? This demonstrates for your little one how to make the letters.

Have your preschooler use his or her finger to trace the arrows in number order.

 

d is for dog letter tracing

 

Have them start tracing the letters.

The first row is all big D’s.

The second row is all little d’s.

The third row alternates with big and little.

The last row is for independent practice.

handwriting practice for kids for the letter d

 

Grab your alphabet flip book (there is a link below to a tutorial so you can make your own).

Find the letter Dd.

what makes the letter d sound

Let’s say the sound it makes.

Let’s trace it with our finger.

Let’s name other things that start with this letter like: duck, Dad, dandelion, dinosaur, dictionary, etc.

I have used the book My First Picture Dictionary with my preschooler and my twins during Kindergarten and First grade. It is one of our favorites.

 

More Educational Activities for Preschoolers:

20 Books Children Must Read for the Letter J

Are you going to the library this week? Is your preschooler learning the letter J?

Here is a roundup of 20 books children must read as they learn the letter Jj.

This list includes books that are classics, books my kids have enjoyed and books that are new and maybe you have not heard of them before.

It is really fun to incorporate different learning ideas as you teach your preschooler the alphabet. Including great books to read is important.

Feel free to click on the links below to learn more about the author and description of each book.  Also, if you prefer not to go to the library, you can certainly grab these books off of Amazon and have them delivered straight to your door. (I love Amazon! Many of these are Prime books that you can get free shipping on.)

20 Books Children Must Read for the Letter J

 20 Books Children Must Read: Letter J

  1. A Yellow Jellow, What Did You Say? (Second Edition)
  2. Jungle Fun (Big Beak Books First Learners)
  3. Jack’s Garden
  4. Peanut Butter and Jelly
  5. Sheep in a Jeep
  6. Journey
  7. Jake and the Never Land Pirates Let’s Get Jumping!
  8. Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)
  9. Just Me and My Mom (A Little Critter Book)
  10. Jamberry
  11. Jesus Saves the World 
  12. ABC Jigsaw Book (Jigsaw Books)
  13. Jack and Jill
  14. James Balog’s Animals A to Z
  15. Jeepers Creepers: A Monstrous ABC
  16. Jeremy Kooloo
  17. The Jet Alphabet Book
  18. Jump!: The Sound of J (Wonder Books Phonics Readers; Consonants)
  19. Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies
  20. Josephine Wants to Dance

Want more fun learning activities to go with the letter Jj for your little one? We have crafts, printables, snacks and more! Just click on the links below!

Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter Jj)