Home Preschool ~ Letter U

Each week I share 2-3 posts sharing our home preschool learning.  This post is only sharing our letter focused work. If we have a theme of the week, it will be a separate post too.  All of our general play based learning will be in a final weekly wrap up post called, “Learning with Ladybug.”  I am separating out the posts to make them easier for people to find down the road when searching for specific letter/theme activities.  See our entire home preschool plan here!

Home Preschool Letter U

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She loves the paint cut and glue crafts from Learn, Create, Love.  This week we made the unicorn, which was a BIG hit with my unicorn loving girl!

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We also made a U is for Umbrella from Totally Tots here.

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Animal ABC lowercase u is for urchin, she didn’t want to do anything to her letter this week so she just cut and glued the urchins.

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ABC Find It!  We hid the cards around the room many times and took turns finding them!

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Letter U Maze

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She finally wanted to do a color by number letter!

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We tried something new this week with our Q-Tip printables, using a toothpick to dot the glue on. She enjoyed this.

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After getting the glue on she was rewarded with her favorite, glitter!

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Letter U Dot Fun, she asked to put glitter dots on this too!

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I got this unicorn dot fun printable from Making Learning Fun here.

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Our All About Reading Pre lesson for lowercase u for udder was really fun. We watched a few videos online showing cows being milked to make sure she knew what an udder was!  After seeing the videos she decided she wants a cow for a pet.

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We used foil for the bucket and she asked to create with it when we were done, she was making a sword!

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She thought it was hilarious that one of letter U words was underwear, that’s what she was giggling at!

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Our finished Letter U work…Home Preschool Letter U -3751

See more Letter U ideas on our U  is for Pinterest board, and even more ABC ideas on my ABC Ideas board!

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See more theme based printables to go with the Letter U here!Theme Printables U through Z


Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Theme Printables U-Z

Theme Printables U through Z

Other Posts in this Series…

Theme Printables A-E

Theme Printables F-J

Theme Printables K-O

Theme Printables P-T

I wrote about my views on using themes with young kids, and there are certainly a LOT of early childhood themes to choose from! When you begin planning, Pinterest and Google can be a bit overwhelming! I am creating this series to help you with your planning. I have gathered all FREE theme based printable packs {mainly early childhood focused, tots-1st grade} that I am aware of and sorted them by letter so you can browse through and get ideas all in one place! I did NOT include holiday based packs, simply because there are so many and they are pretty easy to find when holidays roll around.

I have included free printable theme packs from bloggers around the web including; Homeschool Creations, 2 Teaching Mommies, Spell Outloud, 3 Dinosaurs, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Me & Marie Learning, Ooopsey Daisy, Royal Baloo, 123 Homeschool 4 Me, Lawteedah, Our Little MonkeysHomeschool Share, Gift of Curiosity, and Over the Big Moon. {if any of you ladies notice an error/edit please let me know!}

If the pack was created by another blogger, I listed their {blog name} in the brackets. If there aren’t any brackets, I made it!

Letter UTheme Printables U through Z

Letter VTheme Printables U through Z

Letter WTheme Printables U through Z

Letter XTheme Printables U through Z

Letter YTheme Printables U through Z


Letter ZTheme Printables U through Z

    Looking for more printables?

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    Other posts about using THEMES with young kiddos…

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Tot School ~ Letter U

~ Ladybug is 41 Months Old ~Tot-School

Animal ABC Button

Totally forgot to take a picture of her desk for letter U, it wasn’t too fancy since I don’t have any umbrella birds around.

I made Ladybug another letter bin, this time adding our letter U stuff into a basket.  She wanted to keep her letter T stuff too, so it stayed in a bin too.  She loved digging through the basket with me!Tot School Letter U-1540

She found all of the little puzzles to do, and laid it all out on the floor as she admired it.  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!Tot School Letter U-1547

I drew a big U on our easel and she wanted to draw stripes all over it!Tot School Letter U-1549


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 U is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

One night after dinner, she asked to do her school work and proceeded to work through all of her pages!Tot School Letter U-1565

No, she didn’t have gymnastics this day, but YES, she did wear her leotard all day long because she wuvs it.Tot School Letter U-1566

She was thrilled to do her cutting, and did it with ease!Tot School Letter U-1570

We marble painted her letter U…Tot School Letter U-1578

She finished her coloring on this day…Tot School Letter U-1640

Then asked me to cut them out so we could hide them and find them together.  After that I had her jump to the color I yelled out, she loved this!Tot School Letter U-1642

Here she is working on Letter Uu Dot Fun, we used finger paint . 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 U-1581

Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables

Learning Toys 

Creating with the Busy Hands Play Dough BoxTot School Letter U-1591

She asked to have her picture taken with her first creation…Tot School Letter U-1606

She made all of these and would have kept going if it wasn’t nap time!Tot School Letter U-1615

We finger painted a lot.  I used masking tape to make her name and then she painted over it.  The reveal when I pulled off the tape was awesome, she loved it!Tot School Letter U-1586

We played Pengoloo and Gobblet Gobblers several times.  These are two of my favorite preschool games, and the older boys still love them too!Tot School Letter U-1610

Hanging ith the big Kids

She loves helping out with calendar time, you can see our current set up in this post.Tot School Letter U-1618

Coloring the state of the day seems to be a favorite right now.Tot School Letter U-1619


Krash is using the Draw, Write, Now books for his 1st grade and one day Ladybug asked if she could draw too, like Krash.  Of course, I said yes!  She chose a swan…Tot School Letter U-1621

I was pretty impressed!  She worked really hard on her red swan!Tot School Letter U-1622

{her purple tray is here, but get it at Michaels if you can, it’s only 4.99 or less with a coupon!}

Insta Tot

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

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Life School

Ladybug started gymnastics this week!  Where Krash takes his classes, they offer a sibling free so since Pac aged out of the classes, she got to take that spot!  She LOVED it!IMG_5904-2

This Weeks Tools

A Few Popular Tot Posts…

Busy Hands Play Dough BoxPrintable Theme PacksWhere to Begin with Tot SchoolFollowing the Lead of the ChildiPad Easy ReadersTot School Printables

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Tot School ~ Letter Uu and Monsters

~Ladybug is currently 30 months old~



Tot School Printables U is for Umbrella

Letter: Uu

Object: Umbrella

Vocabulary Development Theme: Weather

You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

We didn’t expand the theme this week since we had a Monster theme instead! Here’s a peek at some of the Letter Uu activities she wanted to do {and I managed to snap photos of}.

Dot painting her letters,IMG_5203

Tracing and coloring…IMG_5217

Her finished colored umbrellas…IMG_5377

Coloring weather words in her dry erase centerIMG_5699

Making shapes with magnetic pom poms on her cookie sheetIMG_5697


Letter Uu printables here!

Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter U


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Her shelves were mostly MONSTER themed, with a few random items!

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  • top left shelf…Make a Monster with Stickers {stickers are from old balloon kits}
  • top middle shelfMini Monster Notebooks and pencils
  • top right shelf…Monster Puzzle {Target $1 last year}
  • bottom left…Ping Pong Balls, tongs transfer
  • bottom middle…Pouring beads
  • bottom right…Mini pipe cleaners into tiny holes {not even sure what the white thing is, some sort of kitchen straining item}

She loves pouring.  The pitcher is from Ikea, she’s pouring random beads into a silver tin.IMG_5154

Using her tongs to transfer ping pong balls into a paint tray…IMG_5157

Poking thin pipe cleaners into a kitchen strainer thing…IMG_5276

She played a lot with the nesting blocks as you can see from her outfits below!  IMG_5220


She finally mastered stacking them all in order on her own!  Very proud girl!

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Stacking pegs came out a lot too…IMG_5089

A little Connect Four, played toddler style {no rules}…IMG_5282

Using tongs to transfer porcupine balls to mini tubes {form our Monster bin}.IMG_5323

Building with the tubes…IMG_5328

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We had a fun monster week around here!  Our Create-A-Monster Sensory Bin was a BIG hit with Ladybug!  She made MANY monsters and came up with some really cute creations

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We pulled out our Monster Tot Pack {I LOVE being able to just pull folders out of things I already printed for Krash in the past!}.  She matched monsters to their shapes in our mini pocket chartIMG_5194

Matching dot colors, this was a bit challenging for her!IMG_5196

We sang a silly little song about which shape was on top of the monster’s head.IMG_5200

Ordering monsters by size…IMG_5201

She enjoyed dot painting monsters, both from Our Little Monkeys and 2 Teaching Mommies.IMG_5209


She also used them for cutting practice!IMG_5718

She loved matching the monsters.  I made this for Krash years ago.  Just took a pack of stickers and stuck one set down and laminated the cut up other set for matching.IMG_5715

I also had left over monster making sets from K’s monster theme so she made one too.  The one on the top was made by Krash  years ago!IMG_5713

We used many left over balloon face sticker sheets we had to create monsters together.  This was a favorite of L-bug this week!

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We have a monster puzzle that Krash used for his monster week when he was a tot, she worked on it with me a few times!IMG_5279


Her favorite of the week was by far coloring Boo.  She watched Monster’s Inc. with us at the beginning of the week and fell in love with Boo.  She didn’t care much for any scenes without Boo to be honest!  I printed many Boo pictures from this site and she colored a total of 7 throughout the week.IMG_5262

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I don’t ever want to forget her obsessive coloring so I gathered them all for a group shot…




Of course, Ladybug still plays our iPad, often sitting in our bean bag.  This past week, she has spent most of her time playing Tozzle, Monkey Preschool, and Park Math.  She is still determined to figure out Monkey Math, which is Krash’s game, but it is a bit too hard for her. IMG_5379

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People tell me all the time that we look so much alike, I take it as an extreme compliment, because I think my girl is adorable!  I can really see the resemblance in this shot from the pumpkin patch!  I love her happy smile!IMG_5652


Tot School ~ CHRISTmas Fun!

~Krash is currently 42.5 months old~
Learning Toys/Trays

It was a pretty normal week around our house, Krash had fun with a variety of toys! He did ALL of these shape puzzles, front and back of each! They are WAY too easy for him now, but he is still working on identifying certain shapes consistently.IMG_6709
He drew on his chalkboard, this was the first time I helped him trace a letter (v)…IMG_6775
He is finally able to stack his nesting blocks in size order with minimal help….IMG_6768
Always a favorite…the peg board set… IMG_6770
He saw these puzzles up on a shelf and asked to get them down, he proceeded to do all 4 puzzles, then asked me to read Wheels on the Bus when he did the bus puzzle! IMG_6673

Theme ~ CHRISTmas
We had fun reading Christmas books to go along with various printables from our Christmas Tot Pack. We read One Shining Star MANY times as we practiced courting the stockings 1-10…IMG_6663
He enjoyed reading Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree to himself first, and then had me read it to him before we sorted our trees into cups…IMG_6719 He liked making the little trees slide down the “mommy” trees into the cups…IMG_6722
I put magnets on the back of our ornament ABCs and he helped me put them in order on the dishwasher. He has since went back to them many times and is really getting good at pointing to the actual letter he is saying while singing the ABC song!IMG_6705I put our Veggie Tales Nativity on his shelf and he was so excited and has played with it almost every day! He has also LOVED our book, The Stable That Bob Built and talks about the play set while we read the book!IMG_6668

We got 2 letters in this week! We started with Uu for umbrella… IMG_6714IMG_6716IMG_6717
Vv was next, I snapped a photo of our table top pocket chart which I am now using to display everything I can find for our current letter. He always has fun just looking through the items. Sometimes we play with them, sometimes he’s not interested…I put them up just in case!IMG_6766
He is really enjoying the new dot-paint sheets I am giving him now, I got U and V from Making Learning Fun.IMG_6788 IMG_6792
He wasn’t so into the volcano painting, so I had to finish the middle for him! IMG_6794

iTouch Learning Fun
Krash continue to enjoy my iTouch, Preschool Adventure is another favorite of his. He specifically likes the matching part of this game. He rolls the top, middle and bottom of a character to get them all matched up. When they are correct the character will animate…he loves it! This app also has other preschool skills for your tot! Find this and our other favorite Tot apps here!
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Life {FUN} School
Krash learned how cold snow really is! He went out on the deck and wanted back inside within minutes, telling us the snow wasn’t “big enough”…meaning it had not accumulated!! He was NOT interested in being wet and cold without some white stuff to actually play in!IMG_6839
Thankfully I snapped quickly while he was taking it all in within those few minutes!IMG_6837IMG_6840

Mommy’s Favorite
No words are necessary. I am sure every mom out there will understand why this is my favorite shot of my 3 year old boy ;-).