This adorable D is for Dog kids craft is perfect for preschool and kindergarten. Use it as a fun activity as you teach little ones all about dogs, dog houses – and the letter D!
I first saw this craft on Crystal & Company. It has always been one of my favorite blogs and I get lots of super ideas there for preschool lessons and crafts.
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It has been a few years since I taught D is for Dog. Why? Well, D is for Dinosaur is a BIG favorite and my class only meets one day a week. I have to make a choice each year. One day per week = one letter per week. Doing it that way gets us through the alphabet just in time for summer break. So, I never got around to teaching the dog lesson to my preschoolers again.
This year, though, I have several children coming back for a second year and I prefer to not repeat themes. That is why I went back in the archives to look for this lesson. I forgot how fun it is! I can hardly wait to teach it again.
Aren’t those stuffed animals cute? The kids all brought one to school that day.
This letter D craft uses a big letter D template with paw prints all around it. The center of the D is precut – by the teacher – with the straight part left attached. That is so that you can fold it back to be the door to a letter D doghouse!
D is for Dog Preschool Craft
Free Dog Craft Printables
Print the Letter D printable on colored copy paper (I used blue.)
Print the D is for Dog printable page to glue the D onto. Use white card-stock.
Print the dog pictures onto white card-stock and cut them out. [I laminated this page before cutting them out. My thought was that little hands with glue sticks can get sticky and the ink on the image might smudge. It is totally optional.]
Cut the blue letter D out.*
Cut the curved part of the center of the blue D, leaving the long side attached.*
Glue the D onto the white paper [Do NOT glue the center. It needs to fold open for the door of the “dog house.”]
Using a bingo marker (or a large marshmallow dipped in tempera paint) to put a big dot on every paw print.
Fold back the center of the D. Inside it, glue a picture of a dog. Your doghouse now has its furry occupant!
* Older children can do the cutting themselves. It is a great way to develop their cutting skills. The center part of the letter D is definitely the harder part to cut out and you may need to help them.
My class is a very young one – 3 year olds. Since the letter D lesson comes in the first part of the school year, I do a lot of the cutting for them in advance.