Letters are fun for our kids to learn, especially because they are EVERYWHERE!!!
The Alphabet is the building block of literacy for our little learners. As our students are able to relate letters they see in print to language, this will be a skill they will carry with them throughout life.
And when our emerging readers connect letters in print to the sounds they hear, it helps them to begin to recognize letter sounds.
So if we’re able to make a game out of learning the alphabet, our littlest learners will develop a love of reading. Students will begin to recognize letters all around them, and their ABC’s will become exciting.
Because playing literacy games is a great way to get kids learning without realizing they’re learning.
As we work on recognizing letters we start by making our very own Alphabet Flip Books; they feel accomplished when we can read the books at school then bring them home for families to read together.
To build upon our learning of the alphabet, we make Lowercase Alphabet Posters and hang them all around our classroom. And make DIY Tactile Alphabet Cards as a sensory and literacy activity all in one.
As students master their recognition of letters, they are able to show what they know with these Play Dough Alphabet Match-Ups.
To continue with our weekly letter craft I’ve created this Animal Alphabet W is for Walrus Craft so our preschool and kindergarten students can learn the letter W in a hands-on way.
If you’d like to implement this weekly letter and craftivity into your curriculum be sure to have a look at our Animal Alphabet Letter of the Week Series. Each craft offers a chance for your kids to practice coloring, cutting, tracing, and gluing to make a fun animal that begins with the featured letter.
Supplies for the Animal Alphabet W is for Walrus Craft
Getting the Animal Alphabet W is for Walrus Craft Ready
To differentiate this activity, you can choose how they complete the writing activity. Students can complete the tracing version of the craft (includes dotted letters to trace “W is for Walrus” at the bottom of the page). Or the non-tracing version. Print out enough letters for each student. Also, be sure to print off enough copies of the craft pieces for each student (plus a couple of extras for mistakes).
Doing the Animal Alphabet W is for Walrus Craft
Offer students crayons and an opportunity to color their walruses as they like. You can encourage students to use their imaginations or model the colors after a real-life walrus. I like to provide real photos for students to look at as they investigate their new letter of the week.
Students can color the craft pieces and cut them out; this is a great way to work on fine motor skills. The W craft sheet includes the walrus head, nose, mouth, and eyes. The tusks will be the W shape.
After the children have finished coloring, students will cut out the pieces. For younger students or students not able to cut their walrus out, you can cut the pieces out for them ahead of time.
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Once each piece has been colored and cut, students can glue each piece on the proper spot on the W. I like to have an example of the completed letter and craft for students to look at.
The finished product can be displayed on an alphabet wall or saved to bind into an Animal Alphabet Book at the end of the series! I love displaying students classwork like this.
You can find the entire animal alphabet crafts in a single download!
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I hope that you and your students enjoy the Animal Alphabet W is for Walrus Craft to use in your classroom this year!