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Preschool Letter E

We started out Preschool Letter of the Week E with an alphabet pinwheel. I would have liked to start with our beginning sounds basket, but all I could find in our house were eggs and envelopes…. and I wasn’t sure whether filling a frail basket with some eggs for a preschooler to handle would have been all that great of an idea… I suppose I could have boiled them.  But, of course, I didn’t think of that then! Oh well – moving on! Here is what the pinwheel looked like. (You can get the E pinwheel here). I showed Filip how to rotate the second wheel and he loved watching the images appear in the little window.

Preschool Letter of the Week E Alphabet Pinwheel

We then moved on to our Alphabet Play Dough Mat. As usual, he started by finger tracing both uppercase and lowercase e, and then he used play dough to form the letters. I’d like to mention here that these mats are one of my favourite tools for teaching preschoolers their ABCs!  Not only are they fun and help with development of fine motor skills, but they are also very practical and can be used in many different ways to focus on different skills and concepts! I personally LOVE the directional arrows which show kids how to form the letter correctly AND the fact that they are placed on handwriting lines so that children can begin to understand that each letter has a specific height and has a correct position on the writing line. While we are not focusing on the writing line at the moment, I’m hoping really bad quite certain that when we get around to reading and writing words on a handwriting line, he will not struggle too much with letter placement.

Preschool Letter of the Week E Alphabet Play Dough Mats

Anyhow, here is the end result!

Preschool Letter of the Week E - play dough mats

We tried a new letter recognition worksheet this week by Mariela Santillana, which you can get for free here. Filip loved it! He traced the letters at the top using his “smelly” markers, and then he dot-painted the capital and lowercase e’s.

Preschool Letter of the Week e Letter Indetification

And then he used a stamp to fill in the big E. End result:

Preschool Letter of the Week E Letter Identification

Filip has been playing with his building blocks a lot this week, making houses and all sorts of shapes, and I thought it would be nice to extend his building experience to include our Letter of the Week! I saw this idea somewhere on the net and came up with my own version: Letter building for cubes!

Preschool Letter of the Week E Letter Cubes Template

Preschool Letter of the Week E building with cubes

Preschool Letter of the Week E building with cubes

We finished the first day with our Preschool Letter of the Week E craft – “E” for elephant and “e” for echidna (an Australian ant-eater type of animal).

Preschool Letter of the Week E craft elephant and echidna

Preschool Letter of the Week E craft elephant and echidna

We started our second day with our Beginning Sound Scoops. This time, I turned the scoops picture-side down and Filip had to turn them over and tell me whether they started with the “e” sound, or with a different sound.

Preschool Letter of the Week E Beginning Sounds Scoops

We also did our beginning sounds colouring page. He is more willing to colour pictures in, and I think that’s partly because he’s using crayons instead of pencils 🙂

Preschool Letter of the Week E Beginning Sounds Coloring

Uppercase letter E tracing using the printables from The Measured Mom.

Preschool Letter of the Week E Tracing

Here is my lil’ man working on his Preschool Letter of the Week E Number Puzzle. I have started putting adhesive magnets on the back of each strip and use them in a baking try; Filip was getting frustrated with them at the start because the strips kept moving out of place but the magnets on the back really help to keep them in place .

Preschool Letter of the Week E Number Puzzle

All done!

Preschool Letter of the Week E Number Puzzle

We finished Day 2 with a pre-writing practice sheet (From the Pond).

Preschool Letter of the Week E for egg

Filip started Day 3 of our Preschool Letter of the Week with an alphabet maze.

Preschool Letter of the Week E Alphabet Maze

Because he likes books so much, I thought we would try out this alphabet mini book. It focuses on letter writing, beginning sounds and letter identification.

Preschool Letter of the Week E mini book

Preschool Letter of the Week E mini book

As with other books he makes, he couldn’t wait for Sam to come home and show him what he had done.

Preschool Letter of the Week E mini book

Filip wanted to use some glitter glue to complete the Q-Tip Letter E page.

Preschool Letter of the Week q tip glitter glue

His fingers got tired of squeezing by the end of it and he rushed the last bit!

Preschool Letter of the Week q tip glitter glue

We also did our flip book and he was so proud to tell Sam that he’d learnt a new word. Says my little man to his dad, “Do you know what THIS is?? It’s an egg-plant!” Here is a pic of him reading it to me to make sure he would get it right for when Sam came home 🙂

Preschool Letter of the Week E flip book

To finish off our Preschool Letter of the Week, we tried this egg craft! Using this template, I squeezed out some glue and we stuck some sequins on; “Yay! Good fine motor practice!” I was thinking to myself! However, he soon became unimpressed by the amount of glue that we sticking to his little fingers and said he didn’t want to do it anymore. So we brought out some glitter. He LOVES glitter 🙂

Preschool Letter of the Week E egg craft

And here he is continuing to play with the glitter bottles long after we finished the craft – that’s how much he loves the thing!

Preschool Letter of the Week E egg craft

The end 🙂

Preschool Letter of the Week E

22 Responses to “Preschool Letter E”

  1. Cherie says:

    I am loving your letter of the week crafts! Love that you have both the uppercase and lowercase letter crafts on the SAME page. Again, will be “stealing” this idea from you! 😛 When do you do Math with Filip?

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      Good question about the Math!! I think we will start something formal when I start teaching Filip to read… this will most definitely be later in the year though!!:)

  2. Karin says:

    I love the hands you have under each word on the flip book, each time I get on your blog there is always another idea, something new, a better way of doing something! Nos that Ollie is bringing home readers I’m thinking of ways I can get him to point to each word as he reads it! I think the hands are the way to go, if you can tell me where you got them from (if you don’t mind sharing your secret 🙂 you must be so proud of Filip and what he’s doing already, absolutely amazing!

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      Hehe! It’s not a big secret at all, Karin 🙂 They’re from a $2 shop, believe it or not. A friend of mine told me that she buys all sorts of manipulatives and sensory toys for her kids from $2 shops, so I now pop in every time I see one around. The things you can get are amazing!! And CHEAP!! 🙂

  3. Leslie says:

    Where did you get your play dough mats from? Did you make them?

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      I made them myself and they are available for purchase through my TpT store. You can download the sample first to preview some of the play dough mats and make sure that they are what you need 🙂

  4. Bozana says:

    Dear Lavinia, can you tell me please with which you merged the two papers in pinwheel? I would like buy it but I do not know under what name to look at ebay.

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      In Australia, we call them paper fasteners, but I know that in America and other English-speaking countries they are also referred to as “brads”. I hope that helps you with your search!

  5. Mariela says:

    Way cool! You used one of my items 🙂 🙂 so happy to see your little one using it!

  6. Mimi says:

    I love the beginning sound worksheet. Do you have them for all letters?

  7. Annie says:

    Oh my goodness…way too cute!! Your little guys is ADORABLE! Love all the fun and engaging activities!!

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      Thanks Annie 🙂 He’s my lil’ Scrumptious and his love for learning is what keeps me creating and coming up with ideas for activities 🙂

  8. Kathy says:

    I’m so happy I came across your website, I am doing Letter Activities with my 20 month old and I love your ideas. I also love how you have links of every worksheet you use for Filip. Do you have an instagram account so I can tag you and your website to share with other mums if that’s okay. =) Thanks!

  9. Adebo says:

    Hey,
    Love your work, I find it a great help now that I am working with the kindergarten group at my school. Thanks so much for sharing. I do not know if you noticed a mistake in the letter e flip book. You have the word elf but a picture of a newt.

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      I’ll have a look at it as soon as I can! Thank you for pointing it out to me 🙂
      *** I’ve just checked and it says “eft”, not “elf”. ***

  10. Norma says:

    I just want to say that I want to be your child lol. How fun and i love the idea of using a clapper per word to read the flip book. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Amanda Sens says:

    Hi! Your ideas are awesome. I’m obsessed with your Tpt store. Just wondering if you have the full set of the alphabet for the letter building with cubes for sale? Thanks!

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