Do you have a preschooler who is learning his alphabet?
We love doing letter of the week crafts for preschoolers. And this craft does not disappoint!
Let me show you how easy it is to make this E is for eagle alphabet craft with your preschooler.
Let me show you just how easy this is to make. I love that it is perfect for many preschool ages. You can assist kids as young as two years old and these are great for all the way up to Kindergarten.
This craft is also great for building motor skills…. as you read on you will see what I mean.
Letter of the Week Step By Step Tutorial:
You will need:
- letter E cut from black construction paper (see pattern: E is for Eagle pattern)
- egg shell cut from white construction paper (see pattern)
- eagle beak cut from orange construction paper (see pattern)
- eagle head cut from white construction paper (see pattern)
- tracings of your child’s hands, cut from brown construction paper
- large colorful paper (we used 12×12 inch scrapbook paper)
- googly eye
- a few egg shells, cleaned and dried
- toy hammer
- glue stick
- tacky glue
1. Attach the paper egg shell to the bottom of the paper using a glue stick.
2. Glue the paper hands about two inches above the egg shell as shown. Note: your child will be gluing a lot of pieces during this project, and it’s easy to put the glue on the wrong side and end up with a backward project. Teach your child how to lay out the piece as it should be, then flip it over and glue on the back. It will save you some headaches. 🙂
3. Add the black letter E to the top of the handprints. Try to tuck it underneath the top of the egg shell.
4. Add the white head to the top of the “E” so that it starts to look like an eagle. By the way, baby eagles are all brown — and if scientific accuracy is important to you, make this brown. I decided I wanted my kids to know it was an eagle, which they would not have known had I not made it look like an adult.
5. Add the eagle’s beak. Remember to lay it out first and then flip it over to put glue on the back.
6. Use the tacky glue to attach the eagle’s eye.
7. Here’s the really fun part! Smash the egg shells with a toy hammer.
(Warning: this will get messy.)
7. Apply tacky glue all over the egg shell. Then attach broken egg shell pieces.
Here are some finished projects based on skill level.
And, if you don’t want to do the egg shells you can skip that part. It’s still super cute.
RHYME FOR LETTER E:
There are many different versions of this popular counting song. We like this one:
One elephant went out to play,
Up on a spider’s web one day.
She had such enormous fun
That she called for another elephant to come.
The web went creak,
The web went crack,
And all of the elephants
Came running back!
BOOKS TO READ FOR LETTER E:
But No Elephants!, by Jerry Smath
This was one of my favorite books from childhood, and I still think it’s adorable. Grandma Tildy does not want a pet, but agrees to buy one from the pet salesman every time he visits. “But no elephants!” When winter hits the salesman leaves his elephant by her door — when she finally relents and brings him inside, there’s a ton of trouble. But the kind elephant brings about a happy ending.
Edward the Emu, by Sheena Knowles
Edward is tired of being an emu. Every day he finds a new animal cage and pretends to be that animal. After sharing a cage with a seal, lion, and snake. Edward returns to his own cage – only to discover a new emu has taken residence there. “Hello, I’m Edwina! It’s nice meeting you. You’re the best thing I’ve seen since I came to the zoo!” The funny pictures and catchy rhymes make this a wonderful story.
Edward’s Overwhelming Overnight, by Rosemary Wells
This creator of the popular Max and Ruby books has countless other gems, and Edward is one of them. In this book he plays at a friend’s house but must stay overnight when a snowstorm comes. Poor Edward is too sad to play. He won’t eat, and he can’t sleep. In this book and its companions, Edward Unready for School and Edward in Deep Water, we learn that not everyone is ready for the same things at the same time.
For more preschool resources for the letter E, visit this page.
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