The letter D kid activities
Help your child learn the alphabet with these letter D kid activities.
When your child learns to read, the world opens up to him. He can travel to far away places, learn about topics that fascinate him and experience different people's stories. Letters are the building blocks of reading, and helping your child learn each letter and the sound it makes is one of the most important things you can teach.
Many kids have trouble distinguishing between lower-case b and lower-case d when learning the alphabet. The following letter D kid activities can help.
Most kids love to play and sculpt with Playdough, and it can be a great tool to help them learn their letters. Have various colors of dough available, and sculpt a capital D and a lower-case d.
Next, take turns thinking of nouns that begin with the letter d and sculpt those nouns: dog, dinosaur, duck, dandelion, door, doctor, doll, deer, etc.
Textured paper and fabric: wallpaper, sandpaper, velvet, corduroy
Stencils of upper and lower-case D's
One of my sons is a tactile learner, which means he learns by touching and handling things. Textures are a huge help for tactile learners when learning the alphabet.
Use the stencils to trace multiple letters on the various pieces of paper and fabric. Let your child cut out the D's with safety scissors. As she cuts, talk about words that begin with the letter D.
Some of your textured letter D's
Spend some time with your child looking through the magazines for pictures of things that start with the letter D. Cut the pictures out, and arrange them on the poster board with your textured letters to form a collage, using the glue stick to glue them in place.
The great thing about these letter D kid activities is that you can adapt each one to use with whatever letter your child is having difficulty learning. Memorizing the alphabet can be a huge undertaking, but it's the first step in a lifetime of learning.
For more help with teaching your child the alphabet, check out the following links.
DLTK-Kids - The Alphabuddies section and the Mini-books section each have some great printables for learning the alphabet.
First School – There is a whole section of alphabet activities on this site.
Mrs. Alphabet - This site has a ton of links to alphabet activities.
ABCTeach – Some of this site's features are for paid members only, but there are many free alphabet activities as well.