I’m Anna from The Measured Mom, and I’m back at Crystal & Co. for our third letter of the week preschool craft. I’m thankful for this opportunity to share educational resources with you! These crafts are primarily for my two and four-year-old boys. But you’ll find that my oldest, who is just finishing kindergarten, loves to do these crafts with her brothers.
Letter of the week crafts are an excellent way to offer your kids preschool and early education activities at home. Below we show you step by step how to create these crafts, as well as songs for memorization and books you can check out at the library as you further explore our letter of the week.
I’ve learned that my boys love any craft that takes the shape of a vehicle. So it made sense to use a car craft to teach the shape and sound of letter C.
You will need:
- a blank piece of white paper
- large letter C cut from black construction paper
- small letter C’s cut from colored construction paper (get all patterns here: C is for car pattern – crystalandcomp.com)
- 4 small circles for tires (trace the circles from the pattern or use dot stickers, as pictured above)
- 4 white hole reinforcements, optional
- 5-6 short yellow strips
- black marker
- glue stick
Letter of the Week Step By Step Tutorial:
1. Glue down the large letter C.
2. Glue down the yellow strips to make your road. Younger preschoolers will need guidance with this.
3. Now glue down the smaller C’s to make your cars.
4. Next, glue down the tiny black circles or use round dot stickers to make the wheels of your cars. We like to use dot stickers because I have a giant set left from my teaching days.
Kids love stickers, and it’s great fine motor practice to manipulate the small pieces.
I gave the older kids yellow dot stickers because I thought the black stickers would not show up against the road. My two-year-old used black, and I think it’s a better choice.
5. If you have white hole reinforcements, put them down in the center of the tires.
6. Finally, draw letter C’s behind each car for the smoke.
My four-year-old really got into this – as you can see! He said that the orange car was going faster, so it had a lot more smoke.
The next day he admired his picture on the fridge. “It’s a good thing the faster car is in front, or they would crash into each other.”
And here are the finished projects!
My Two is not really drawing letters by himself yet, but you can see that he wrote according to his ability.
You can prepare toddlers and preschoolers for writing by having them write with their finger.
For the letter C, put cornmeal on a baking sheet and show your child how to write a C with his index finger. Gently shake the tray to start over.
NURSERY RHYME FOR LETTER C:
There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile.
He had a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
SONGS FOR LETTER C:
(sing to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”
Clouds are floating,
Clouds are floating,
Up so high, up so high.
Floating up above us,
Floating up above us,
In the sky, in the sky.
(sing to the tune of “Eensy Weensy Spider”)
The fuzzy little caterpillar
Curled upon a leaf,
Spun her little chrysalis,
And then she fell asleep.
While she was sleeping,
She dreamed that she could fly.
And later when she woke up
She was a butterfly!
BOOKS FOR LETTER C:
Cars! Cars! Cars! by Grace Maccarone
This is the perfect book about cars for young listeners. With the funny dog drivers and short, rhyming text, it’s a quick and fun read. A bonus is that it’s one you won’t mind reading over and over!
Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkia
This classic story (from 1938) is about a cap salesman who runs into trouble when monkeys steal all of his hats. How will he get them back? This is a wonderfully funny story to act out with your preschooler.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
Some books will never lose their appeal, and this is one of them. It teaches the days of the week, counting, and the life cycle of a butterfly (though not exactly scientifically correct) — with beautiful illustrations and a great story.
Other Letter of the Week Crafts:
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 (4,2,1). She enjoys teaching them at home and after her daughter’s morning at kindergarten. Anna blogs at www.themeasuredmom.com.