Ideas for Using ~ ABC Letter Crafts

Ideas for Using ABC Letter Crafts

There are many creative art opportunities for you to explore with the Animal ABC letter crafts.  The templates are blank and simple in nature for this reason, so you can use your own ideas based on what YOUR child enjoys.  Here are some ideas for you to get your creative juices flowing!

Even if you don’t use Animal ABCs, you can still use the letter templates provided and make fun letter crafts with them!


Marble Painting

Put the whole letter page in a shallow cardboard box and drop a large or small marble in and squirt some paint in.  Let your child choose colors as s/he names them.  This activity not only produces a beautiful piece of artwork in the end, but also gives your child the chance to work through many skills.  Balancing the marble and getting it to go where desired is a big challenge for most young kids!

Marble Painting

{blog post featuring marble painted letter}


Cloud Painting

{or snow painting}

Mix white glue and white shaving cream together in about equal parts to make a fluffy cloud like paint.  Add a few drops of tempera paint for color.

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(blog post featuring cloud painted letter E, & cloud painted letter D}


Tempera Paint

Simple, yes, but oh so fun for a tot.  Be sure to allow color mixing at this stage, it’s so much fun for tots to explore freely with paint.  My girl is usually a one color girl, by her own choice!

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Your choice of brushes, or painting materials, can change up this whole activity.  Here’s a few things to try…

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{blog post featuring  painted letter C}


Water Color Paint

Also simple, but challenging for tots as they think through the way to get the paint on their brushes!  None of my tots have enjoyed water colors, but I always expose them at an early age!

Water Color Paint

{blog post featuring water color painted letter A}


Markers

My tots love markers {washable of course}.  Simply coloring the letter with markers can be a fun choice, and is one Ladybug chooses often!

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{blog post featuring letter F}


Dot Paint

Dot paint is fun and most kids love it!  Allow your child to dot paint the full sheet and then you can cut the letter out after it dries!

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{blog post featuring dot painted letter Q}


Stickers

If you have letter stickers you can use those.  If you have stickers of the featured animal…cool!  Or just a fun variety of stickers to reinforce the letter shape while working on fine motor skills.Stickers

{blog post featuring stickers on letter L}


Finger Paint

You can see her stickers on the letter, which we did prior to the finger paint.   I let her fingerpaint on the whole page first and then cut out the letter after it dries.Finger Paint

{blog post featuring finger painted letter L}


Sponge Painting

A bit of tempera paint and a small sponge just adds another element of creativity to painting.  Again, I leave the page whole and let her paint away, then cut after it dries.

Sponge Paint

{blog post featuring sponge painted letter N}


Letter Stamps

We have the Melissa & Doug ABC Stamp set and this large ink pad.

ABC Stamps

{blog post featuring stamped letter M}


Glitter

You can have your tot paint the letter first, or just use glitter.  I outlined the letter in white glue and then gave her shakable glitter to make the letter stand out.  I hate glitter, but she loves it so I bust it out every so often!Glitter

{blog post featuring glittered letter K}


Tissue Paper Collage

Use colored tissue paper {or construction paper if you don’;t have tissue} and help your tot tear it into small pieces.  Provide a small cup with watered down glue {a few drops of water in with white glue} and a Qtip.  Show your tot how to add glue to the paper and then stick tissue paper on top.  They can also lay the tissue paper and apply the glue right over the top! Tot School Letter X Collage

After the tissue collection is dry, cut out the letter and apply the animals!Homeschool-3951

{blog post featuring tissue paper collage letter}


I made a simple pdf file of these ideas that you can print out and keep with your supplies, for those days when you are feeling less-than-creative! You can download the printable file here!

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Tot School ~ Letter X

~ Ladybug is 42.5 Months Old ~Tot-School_thumb3_thumb_thumb


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X is for X-ray Fish! She loves digging through it her letter basket!Tot School Letter X-4043

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After it was all out, I arranged it and snapped a pic so you could see what was in it! Alphabet Soup set, ABC peg set, Magnetic Letters, Ladybug Alphabet Puzzle, the whale from Who Lives Where?, A Xylophone for X-ray Fish X Book, and more!

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See more about letter baskets here!

For her letter craft this week, I took the idea from our Rose Window art project and let her rip up colored tissue paper and gave her some watered down glue and a Qtip to stick the colors onto the X!Tot School Letter X-3913

She really enjoyed covering all of the white spaces!Tot School Letter X-3920

Later on, she cut out her X-ray fish all by herself!Homeschool-3940

I cut out the dried X and she glued her fish onto it!Homeschool-3951

Posing at her desk for me while she worked on some of her Letter X work…Tot School Letter X-3996

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Here she was dot painting her Letter Xx Dot Fun, although I think she had more fun stacking the caps! This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.Tot School Letter X-4003

The printable items shown below are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter X is not free yet, but it will be}

Here’s our X is for… Pinterest Board with more ideas for the letter X!

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We are back to doing All About Reading Pre Level 1 once a week. I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

Coloring her X page, with an emphasis on the “X” sound in the word foX.Tot School Letter X-4039


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We had loads of fun creating our own game with our Interlox pieces.  We put them all in a bowl and rolled a die, and took turns grabbing the correct number out of the bowl.Homeschool-3960

Meanwhile, I had taken one of each color and put them in another bowl, for us to “draw” the winning color after the bowl was empty.  Since Krash and Ladybug were playing, I wanted them to focus on counting and sorting, not the specific color.  They had no idea which color would be chosen as the winner!

After the bowl was empty they each sorted by color…Homeschool-3967

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Ladybug drew the winning color…Homeschool-3969

We compared Krash and Ladybug’s stacks of the color to determine who had more!Homeschool-3974

She had our nesting blocks out a LOT!Homeschool-4007

Measuring how tall she is next to her stack…Homeschool-4012

She absolutely loves these wooden puzzles {Krash did too at this age}.  She did the dinosaur set this week, over and over again!Tot School Letter X-3903

We have a mini treasure box, which is basically a box of tiny “junk” I find laying around.  There is no theme, nothing super special, but it will entertain her for a long time!  I don’t bring it out often, so it’s fun for her when I do!Homeschool-4022

Counting…Homeschool-4025

Peek-A-Boo!Homeschool-4026

Lots of creative play goes on with this box of random stuff!Homeschool-4028

Mr Potato Head was out this week too, and she made some adorable creations, as usual!


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Ladybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

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She had a treat with her Baba coming to visit {my dad}.

Gymnastics continues to be a highlight of her week, she loves it, but it wears her out!

 


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Tot School ~ Letter W

~ Ladybug is 41.5 Months Old ~Tot-School_thumb3_thumb


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W is for Walrus!  Here is her letter W basket…Letter W Tot School-2372

She loves digging through it! Much more than I thought she would.  I did something similar with Krash and he could have cared less!

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After it was all out, I arranged it and snapped a pic so you could see what was in it! Alphabet Soup set, ABC peg set, Magnetic Letters, Ladybug Alphabet Puzzle, the whale from Who Lives Where?, Worm’s Wagon Letter W Book, and more!Letter W Tot School-2369

 

Here she was putting all of the magnets on her Letter Ww Dot Fun. This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.Letter W Tot School-2367

 

The printable items shown below are all available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter W is not free yet, but it will be}

Girlfriend had almost all of her “extra” work completed before I even made it downstairs last Monday!  She found it on her desk and got busy!!

 

I made a simple sensory bin with rocks and shells for our walrus and whales to play in…

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So simple, yet so fun!Homeschool-2320

 

I found some extra Walrus printables online for her, since she flies through all of my extras with Animal ABCs!  We got this dot fun sheet from Making Learning Fun…Homeschool-2344

 

We made the W is for Walrus puppet hereHomeschool-2430

We did the walrus cut and glue craft from Learn, Create, Love!Homeschool-2346

Here is her letter W work all hung up! W is for Walrus Homeschool-2479

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I LOVE her walrus!!!!

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Obviously, she played a LOT, but this is the only photo I have for the week!  She got these word puzzles down and did them almost entirely by herself!Homeschool-2446


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She loves participating in any school time with her big brothers.  Learning about states is totally normal for her little 3 year old self!  Here she was coloring her own Alaska page alongside of her brothers.Homeschool-2406 


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Ladybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

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Ladybug is quite the artist, which certainly is not a gift from me.  She spends most of her free time coloring and drawing.  One afternoon she colored a few extra “Buck Denver” pictures.  On the right are a few of her drawings from this past week.  Bottom left is a “worm-cat”, bottom right is a dinosaur.  Pac drew the star on the top page for her and she colored it and drew our family.

 

Watching her have a blast in her gymnastics class just melts my heart.  She absolutely loves it and just smiles the entire time! 


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Tot school ~ Letter V

~ Ladybug is 41 Months Old ~Tot-School_thumb3


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V is for Vulture, but I sure don’t have any stuffed vultures for her to play with!  Since we are doing letter baskets now I don’t have a fancy desk set up to share, but here is her Letter V basket…Animal ABC Letter V-2274

She enjoys digging through it, especially to find the puzzle pieces and then magnets.Animal ABC Letter V-2266

Here she was putting all of the magnets on her Letter Vv Dot Fun. This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.Animal ABC Letter V-2269

After it was all out, I arranged it and snapped a pic so you could see what was in it! Alphabet Soup set, ABC peg set, Magnetic Letters, Ladybug Alphabet Puzzle, and more!Animal ABC Letter V-2271

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She was thrilled to do her cutting, and did it with ease!Animal ABC Letter V-2230

We dot painted her letter V…Animal ABC Letter V-2225

Gluing her vultures down…Animal ABC Letter V-2247

She colored all of her vultures and then Krash hid the for her to find…

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She colored and worked on all of her other Letter V extras, I just forgot to take any pics!


We are back to doing All About Reading Pre Level 1 once a week.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.

She totally shocked me this week.  The lesson was sorting 1, 2, and 3 syllable words.All About Reading Syllable Sort-2264

I thought certainly this would be a model and follow lesson.  Oh was I ever wrong.  I showed her one time and she did them all.  After a few cards in I quickly grabbed my phone to take a video!


Learning-Toys_thumbShe is very into making letter with whatever she has.  Here she was showing me the T she made with our Measuring Motors roads…Homeschool-2186

“Wook Mommy, wettah L!”Homeschool-2187

Seeing how much fun she was having, I got out our How to Build an A book and supplies, she loved it!Homeschool-2194

Wedgits building…Homeschool-2204

We made long patterns with learning links. She was unhooking the chains for me so we could use certain colors in our pattern.Homeschool-2206

Our new Color Cubes from Learning Resources were her favorite activity this week!  She sat with me for so long and would have continued if we would have had more time! 

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I am working on a more organized way to manage the apps we use for school time.  An idea I am testing out right now is printables, cut into cards to show the apps I want her working on.  You can see the sleeve of choices to the right on the table.  I DO plan to share this full idea and our feedback as soon as I can.  I will also share the printables and a how-to-make-your-own! Already she was reminded of a beloved app I think she had recently forgotten about, The ABC’s of God.  She saw the image in her choices and picked it first!Homeschool iPad Apps-2256

After sitting at my desk for awhile, she moved to the bean bag! {her purple tray is here, but get it at Michaels if you can, it’s only 4.99 or less with a coupon!} Homeschool iPad Apps-2259

She also loves BINGO Junior and had asked k for a bit of help here…Homeschool-2208

Another iPad favorite is our Readeez videos.  She loves these so much, so do I! {she has the iPad propped up in an old photo frame stand}Homeschool-2215

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    My girl is gonna learn to read simply by sitting in on her brother’s All About Reading and Spelling lessons!  Anytime she sees me doing them with him, she scoots herself close by and just soaks it in.  It really is crazy how drawn she is to this.All About Spelling-2284


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    Ladybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

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    Friday is our day off and this past one I spent the day CLEANING massively while Daddy hung out with kiddos!  At one point I walked down and saw this…homeschool-2300


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  • Tot School ~ Letter T

    ~Ladybug is currently 40.5 months old~Tot School


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    The printable items are available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter T is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

    More Letter T/Tiger Fun…

     

    One evening, after dinner, she sat down at her desk and told me she was going to do her schoolwork.  That she did!  She worked for awhile as you will see below…Homeschool Tot School-1406

    After coloring and tracing a bit, she asked to glue her shapes on purple paper.

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    This week we used letter T stickers to decorate the letter…Homeschool Tot School-1440

    She cut her own tigers too!Homeschool Tot School-1444

     

    Here she is working on Letter Tt Dot Fun, we used magnetic gems. This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.Homeschool Tot School-1431

    Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this. All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


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    I tried something new this week, a letter bin, and she loved it!  I did something similar with Krash years ago, and thought she might enjoy it.  It takes a bit of work to gather it all, but it really helps emphasize the letter and the sounds.  I grabbed many items that begin with T and letters too.  Then when the week began, I challenged Krash to find little things that also began with T, as a review for him. {he added a Transformer, train, tape, and pretend tomato}.Letter T Bin-1275

    We explored the letter T box almost daily!Homeschool Tot School-1422

     

    We love our Alphabet Soup set! Here we were going over the letter T items as she dropped them in the can.Homeschool Tot School-1427

    By far, the MOST played with toy this week ~ Interlox. We share some of our toys in a bin rotation system with friends and these have been “gone” for awhile.  When the bin returned, I added them to her shelf and she was immediately drawn to them.  Here’s her airplane…Homeschool Tot School-1278

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    She told me this was a platypus {yes, she is a Phineas and Ferb fan thanks to her brothers}.Homeschool Tot School-1393

     

    We played Connect 4 Launchers, tot style {no rules} a few times this week!Homeschool Tot School-1333

    A toy that was passed down to us was a big hit.  She had fun making the Word World words with me! {it’s here on Amazon, but the price is outrageous-totally NOT worth that!}Homeschool Tot School-1341

    Sorting wooden shapesHomeschool Tot School-1397

    She only played with the screw block once, not her favorite toy.Homeschool Tot School-1401


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    Ladybug continues to love her games on the iPad, here she was playing a favorite, Tally Tots.Homeschool Tot School-1310

     


    Insta-Tot4_thumbLadybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

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