Is your toddler or preschooler expressing an interest in learning their letters? Are you ready to break out the learning toys or art supplies to teach them? If you answered yes to both questions, we’ve got just what you need. Down below, you’ll find a growing list of letter activities to keep your little ones busy and engaged — starting with letter L craft ideas.
Teaching your kids to read is no easy feat. You may have chosen to homeschool. Or maybe you want your kids to know how to read before they enter kindergarten. Either way, if this is a task you’ve decided to take on, rest easy because young kids learn through hands-on play and exploring the world around them. That means you don’t need to print out worksheets or buy an expensive preschool curriculum. If you want to, go for it. But, if you don’t, your kids will be just fine. Give them plenty of opportunities to make messes. Try new things. Encourage imaginative play. Have conversations with them. Read together every day. Love on them. Most importantly, get down on their level and spend time in their world. You are enough.
Now, let’s get to it. Here are letter L crafts you can do with your toddler or preschooler this week. And once you get these down pat, check out our craft ideas for letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J.
Easy Letter L Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
1. L is for Lion — Creative Craft Box
L is for Lion in this cute paper craft tutorial by Creative Craft Box. Super simple and easy to re-create at home with your little one. Rawr!
2. Letter L Lamp Craft — All Kids Network
Brighten up your child’s day with this easy peasy lamp how-to from All Kids Network. Add in a quick science lesson on how electricity works and you’ve got an afternoon full of learning fun!
3. How to Draw a Cartoon Ladybug — Art for Kids Hub
Do you have a ladybug lover? If so, check out Art for Kids Hub on YouTube and their fun parent-child video showing you and your kids how to draw this friendly, fashion-forward (hey, red and black is totally on-trend!) insect.
4. L is for Lamp — Kids Activities
Lighten up with another lively lamp tutorial from Kids Activities. Clocking in at under thirty seconds, this video is a quick and simple way to spark joy on an otherwise boring afternoon.
5. Easy Lion Origami Tutorial — Pinkfong
Here’s an easy lion origami tutorial from Pinkfong (i.e. who we have to thank for the Baby Shark revolution!) your kids will have a ton of fun with. Bonus — folding paper is perfect for working on fine motor skills!
6. L is for Love: How to Draw a Heart Eyes Emoji — Art for Kids Hub
L is for love and heart-eye emojis are such a fun representation of that sentiment. Check out the fun and friendly father-son pair on Art for Kids Hub as they teach us how to draw this techy treat! When you’re finished, give your kids a chance to practice their letters by sending texts to family and friends (fully supervised by you, of course!).
7. How to Craft a Ladybug — Crafty Kids
Is your little one interested in bugs? If so, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a super simple papercraft tutorial for a ladybug your child is sure to love. For some nifty science fun, be sure to head outside with a magnifying glass and see if you can find some real ladybugs to observe too!
8. How to Make Paper Roll Fireflies — One Little Project
Get outside this summer and observe lightning bugs with your kids. Then, bring the fun indoors with this easy-to-craft nightlight made from recycled materials and art supplies you probably have at home. What an exciting, hands-on way to learn all about the letter L!
9. Lollipop Garden
Who doesn’t love a yummy lollipop? How about a paper one? Get a bunch of plastic or paper plates in different sizes along with a few tongue suppressors. Let your child decorate their plates with glitter, buttons, or anything else they need to make their lollipops… pop! When they’re done decorating, glue a tongue suppressor to the back of each plate. Then get a styrofoam box or a small pot of soil and place each lollipop inside.
10. Lobster Prints
Make a lobster using your limbs. It’s best to do this craft outside. Pour red paint into a tin. Then have your kid step into the paint and onto a piece of blank paper. Make sure their toes are pointed toward the bottom of the page. Then let the child press their hands into the paint and place their print on both sides of the foot. Bring your lobster together and to life by attaching the prints through a few strokes of paint. And voila! You’ve got a lobster made of limbs.
11. DIY Locket
Grab two washers that have an opening of about one inch. Paint them both with nail polish and cut out two 1.5 inch photographs of someone you love, so it fits in the washer’s opening. String a few beads on the string and glue it to one side of the washer. Paste the picture in the washer’s opening. Glue the string to the back washer after gluing it to the back of the picture. Then tie the string into a knot, and voila! You have your very own locket.
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