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Ideas and crafts for letter J activities for preschool!
Our preschool “curriculum” was super simple and followed the “Letter of the Week” format. For the letter “J” we did activities that related to jelly fish, jelly beans, and Jello. At ages 3 and 5, we spent about 30 minutes to an hour each day doing these formal sit down activities and crafts. The girls spend a lot of time playing together. We also read books, walk the dogs, and spend time with our homeschool group.
Letter J Activities for Preschool
Bear practices writing her J’s with a printable from the blog 3 Dinosaurs . . .
Her rainbow writing from Time 4 Kindergarten . . .
And then her work for her ABC book. J was for Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates!
I was inspired by No Time for Flash Cards for this activity. I saw jelly beans, and I knew I needed to look no further. It’s a super simple activity and one that the girls just loved. The hardest part was keeping from eating all the jelly beans. Ok, and me too 😉
I started by just cutting out a letter J, which the girls glued on the paper.
Then they simply glued the jelly beans on to the J. A simple letter identification activity that also worked fine motor skills.
I was so excited to do this frozen jello sensory play that I found on The Imagination Tree. Actually, at first I was a little scared because I can literally not make jello. No joke. Never sets up for me. So I knew this sensory play would be interesting.
Right off the bat, the girls loved the smell of the gelatin.
We mixed up the gelatin according to the directions and then added some glitter. The girls stirred it up some and then we put in the fridge to set up.
I got a pleasent surprise when the jello set up. I got it to work! Woot!! The girls then scooped the jello into some ziploc bags.
Then they played with it in the bags for a little mess-free fun. With Harley’s head apparently.
Then into the freezer it went! After it froze, we took it out for some more fun. Bear dug right in . . .
But Harley was a little more cautious. I think she was worried about it being too cold.
They LOVED this activity and got the jello out to play with several times. Playing with it both inside the bag and out. Towards the end we put it out on a cookie sheet so they could really dig in. It was awesome sensory experience. From the smell, to the feel of the different textures, and look of it with the glitter. So fun!
For more of our letter of the week work, click here for a full list of the posts!
What about you? Have you done any fun crafts or sensory play lately? Thanks for reading!