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Preschool Activities - Learning the Letter X

By Sonal Panse

This article takes a look at some preschool activities you can do with your class to teach about the letter X. There's plenty to do! Use these games and crafts to keep learning fun.

The letter X is an interesting one. It is the 24th letter in the Latin alphabet, and has Greek and probably Etruscan origins. Teaching the letter X to preschool children can be a fun and easy. It is an easy letter to master. Just cross two lines and you have an X.

Materials

  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Colored Paper
  • Glue
  • Drawing paper
  • Scissors
  • Play clay

Activity Ideas

There are many preschool activities for letter X that you and your preschooler can do together. Here are a few ideas to try at home or in the classroom:

  1. At the beginning, show your preschooler what the letter X looks like in the uppercase and the lowercase, and what it sounds like.
  2. Write the letter X in pencil and have the preschooler trace over it with a marker.
  3. Make a paper letter X by cutting strips of colored paper and pasting one crossed over the other on a white drawing sheet.
  4. Have the children cut out letter Xs from colored paper and make a collage.
  5. Take two sticks and place them one over the other to form an X and tie them together that way.
  6. Collect colored pebbles and have your preschooler place them in an X shape in the garden.
  7. Have the children draw a block letter X and decorate and color the insides with their own design.
  8. Ask the children what happens if you join all the sides of the letter X. You get a square or a rectangle.
  9. Show your preschooler how to turn the letter X into a butterfly and let the preschooler color it as they want.
  10. Show your preschooler how to make a little stick figures out of the letter X. You can add a head in the upper V of the X, and add hands and feet.
  11. Let the preschoolers roll out some play clay and form the letter X from that.
  12. Make a list of words that begin with an X (Xylophone, X-ray, Xerxes, Xavier, Xerox)
  13. Make a list of words that end with an X (Tyrannosaurus Rex, Box, Fox, Ox, Beatrix, Mailbox, Six, Wax)
  14. Make a list of words that have an X (Excellent, Extreme, Extra)
  15. Show the preschoolers a picture chart of objects starting with, ending with or having the letter X.
  16. Do any of the preschoolers have an X in their names or surnames? You can use those as examples too.
  17. Show the preschoolers a xylophone and let them have fun making their own music. You can also make your own xylophone by filling a number of glasses with different levels of water and tapping the glass rims with a spoon to produce different musical sounds.
  18. Show the preschooler how a xerox machine works.

Have fun with these preschool activities for letter X, and you will make the time spent with your preschooler "extra" special!