Letter R

When doing our rock theme we also focused P1020146on the letter R.  We did lots of R crafts and games.  For some reason my girls were every anti-R.  Getting them to make the sound was like pulling teeth.  A few times they even told me they really didn’t like R.  Of course since my name starts with R I did take it a bit personally.  But hopefully I won them over.

R is for Raisins

For each letter we do we try to do a tactile picture, so for R we filled in the Rr template with raisins.  It doesn’t look the prettiest but the girls found it entertaining.  And of course we had to eat a few too!

Letter R template


We also made oatmeal raisin cookies that day!

R Book

The girls love making letter books–they like making a real book and that they can read it.  Ed, my awesome graphic designer, aka my husband, made the clipart for these coloring books.  He designed the pictures of r words, I cut them out in smaller squares and the girls colored the pictures.  Then they glued them on the cardstock pages which we bound together with ribbon.

R Coloring Book PrintableP1030159


R Hopscotch

Alright, the letter R really has nothing to do with P1020100hopscotch but for some reason this came to mind and was a lot of fun.  We used the super cool hopscotch set my sister made for the girls (I have a feeling that will be appearing in a blog post soon).  I printed out the r word pictures and taped them to the hopscotch board.  However,  you could just tape them to the ground in the shape of a hopscotch board.  Each time the girls hopped on a square they would shout out the word or letter.  This was great for them, because it made the letter R fun since as I mentioned, the girls were not that found of R.

R Hopscotch Printable

Going on an R Hunt

I used the same images from the hopscotch game to create an R hunt around the house.  I taped the pictures around the house and the girls then went searching for the R animals and letter r.


R is for Red

On another day we focused on the color red.  I used the same template from the raisin day but this time we cut out the letters.  The girls then covered them with red tissue paper squares.


Puppet and Story Cards

We also enjoyed making the puppets from Alphabet Stories: Puppets and Picture Stories That Teach Letter Recognition and Sounds by Jill M. Couldron.  The book is no longer in print but here is a sample to share with you.

R Puppet and Story

R puppet and story


The Letter B

Last week we focused on the letter B.  (My plan was to do B when we did Bats but time got away from us so we did it when we talked about our body).  In addition to practicing the letter B, we made it a point to do activities that start with the letter B–beading, beanbags, bubbles, buttoning.

My B Book

I took pictures of the girls while doing different activities that start with the letter B–beading, bubbles, blocks.  We also took pictures of B things around the house such as their Bible, books, and bed.  Using cardstock paper cut in half, ribbon, glue, and crayons we put all the pictures together to make a book.  The girls LOVE reading their B books.  They even had to skype their aunt to read it to her.

B is for Buttons

Using our B template of upper- and lower-case B’s we decorated them with buttons.  We actually used fun foam buttons to make it easier to stick them to page.

Letter B template

Alphabet Puppets

I was so lucky to receive this set of Alphabet resources from a friend and former grade school teacher.  The books might be 30 years old but the alphabet hasn’t changed.  We did the puppet and story cards for B.B. Bunny from Alphabet Stories by Jill M. Coudron.  The girls LOVED it.  After using the story cards to tell the story, I mixed the cards up and had the girls put the cards in order to practice their comprehension.  They also enjoyed singing the songs and playing games with their puppets from Coudron’s Alphabet Puppets.

BB Bunny Activities Sample

I was surprised at how expensive Alphabet Stories is.  While it’s great to get the puppet templates and stories, Alphabet Puppets has suggestions for making your own puppets and lots of activities for each letter.

Lacing Cards

We also did these B lacing cards.  I printed them out on cardstock and just punched holes around the sides.  The girls wanted to make theirs kites so we had to add a very long string to the end of each.  🙂

Large B Template

I also printed out the B on plain paper for the girls to color and decorate.

B is for Breadsticks

This was a tasty treat.  I just used pre-made pizza dough.  We stretched it into the shape of lower-case b’s and then topped them with Italian seasoning and cheese.


Pom Pom Balls

We used our cookie trays and pom pom balls to practice the Bb shape.  I use the Bingo Dauber Alphabet Coloring Pages from dltk.  You could also use Do-a-Dots or Dauber Dots on the page.  The benefit of the magnetic pom pom balls is that you can reuse the same sheets.  The girls also really enjoying picking out different colors and it’s great for their fine motor skills.  The form

B printables

Here are some different worksheets and printables about the letter B.  Some we did together, others I just printed and keep out in their art area if they would like to color them.

Letter B worksheet (from First School)
Letter B mini book
B is for Bible (First School)
Other B is for Bible
Many B activities, printables
Balloon Book


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