As a preschool teacher, I have found the end of the alphabet to be quite challenging for themes. Our class has featured a different letter of the alphabet every week, from A – Z.
Now, our Z is for Zoo day [which is the final day of school] is easy. Think of the many possibilities; they are as diverse as the many creatures who LIVE in the zoo!
Letter W is for Weather day is another one that we really enjoy. There is so much to do!
But I have found that X and Y are both hurting for good preschool craft ideas. So, this year I decided to combine two letter X’s. We featured X marks the Spot – our Dress Like A Pirate [or princess] day – and tacked on the Letter X is for Xylophone for the craft.
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You will see that the primary activity for X marks the Spot is great fun. The children follow a treasure map that leads them to an “island” where there is a real treasure. You can get all the details here => Letter X Marks The Spot Preschool Treasure Hunt Theme.
Dressing like pirates and princesses and going on a treasure hunt really don’t need a huge craft project to compliment them. This little letter X craft can be built around discussion about xylophones and how to play one. If someone has a toy xylophone at home that they can bring in, all the better!
Letter X is for Xylophone Preschool Craft
Letter X template
Print copies of the letter X template onto white card stock – one for each child
Color the inside of the X. Encourage the children to use their imaginations and do designs inside. My little group of artists almost always look at my design and try to duplicate it but we did have a few very original creations!
Cut rectangles from four different colors of paper. Each rectangle should be a bit shorter than the next. We were limited in time so I pre-cut them for the children.
Demonstrate for the children, using a glue stick, how to “color” straight lines across the letter X and then press the colored papers onto the glue; place shortest rectangle at the top finishing with the widest piece at the bottom.
It is just that easy!
Oh, curious about letter Y? We did Letter Y is for Yellow and learned about colors.