D is for Doghouse: Preschool Letter of the Week Craft

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Are you working on the letter D with your young learner?

We love letter of the week crafts around here! You will adore this d is for doghouse craft!

I like this craft because it reinforces the “D” sound a number of ways: Along the letter the kids made dots.  Inside the doghouse is a picture of a dog.  A door covers it.

Your kids will like it because the opening door makes it an interactive craft that they could have fun with even after they are done creating it.

D is for doghouse

Let me show you how easy this is to make.

Here is everything you will need.

D is for doghouse


You will need:

Letter of the Week Step By Step Tutorial:

D is for doghouse

1. Glue the letter D onto the center of your piece of white paper.

D is for doghouse

2. Use your Do-a-Dot marker to fill in the dog footprints along the D.  If you’re not familiar with Do-a-Dot markers, you can get them at your local craft store or online.  Using them in this way gives your preschooler some great fine motor practice.

D is for doghouse

3.  Glue down the dog picture from the printable — he’s in the letter D doghouse!  OR, if your child is capable of simple drawing, follow the instructions below.

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4. Your child will probably do best if you model this for him.  Be as clear as you can.  My daughter (just finishing kindergarten) was the guinea pig, and my instructions were not as clear as they were for her brother (age 4), as you might notice in the final pictures.

D is for doghouse

5. Tape the inside of the D over the picture so that it serves as a door.

D is for doghouse

6. Open the door to find the dog in the doghouse!

D is for doghouse

7. And here are our finished projects!

This was a simple craft, but my kids really had fun with it afterward. They all carried theirs around, opening and closing the doghouse doors to show anyone who was interested (and even those who weren’t :)).


Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please


Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his trousers on,
One shoe off, and one shoe on;
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.


go dog go

Go, Dog, Goby P.D. Eastman

This classic story (1961) is still a favorite of kids today.  The dogs in cars are all in a hurry — where are they going?  At the end of the story they are having a giant dog party on the top of a tree. If you read this to your child enough, he’ll memorize it – and as he starts to read, it will be one of the first he can read by himself.


Duck in the Truck, by Jez Alborough

This is my two-year-old’s favorite book which he pleads for every time we drive by the library (he doesn’t know he’s getting it for his birthday next month!).  This is a rhyming story about a duck whose truck is stuck in the muck.  All sorts of animals stop by to help him out.  Rhyming books are so important for children.  As your child gets to know a rhyming book, leave out the rhyming words and let him fill them in.

press here

Press Here, by Herve Tullet

If you’ve never read this book, you’re in for a treat.  Each page instructs the reader to press a dot, turn the page, or shake the book — turn the page and the dots have changed!  This is a unique book that makes for a wonderfully cozy read-aloud.


  1. Very cute. Love seeing the results from a variety of ages!

      1. Joan Schoppe says:

        Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

  2. My 4 year old grandson and I love your ideas!

  3. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks with my 3-year-old son and he’s loving the activities! Thank you for these ideas!

  4. Your page of letters has been our ‘go to’ site for teaching my daughter at homeschool preschool! We just did letter D and we included a picture of our pooch! Thanks for sharing such fun letter activities!

  5. Melinda Toungette says:

    Thank you for making your patterns printable. I am a grandmother working with my grandson but I am not really creative. You make it easy and so fun. I actually get excited seeing the results.

    1. This makes me so happy to hear. Glad you’re finding resources you love using!!

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