Learning the Letter L: 4 Ideas for the Preschool Class
Many children can sing their ABCs, but do they know their letter sounds as well? Beginning reading revolves around letter sounds. Since we know that young children learn through their senses, use these activities to help teach the sound and visual alphabet L. Your students will absorb alphabet letters as they work and play with them. Here are some fun ideas and projects to do in the classroom.
Lacing Letter L
Children love to play with lacing cards. Emphasize the letter L with this activity making sure to pronounce the L sound with the words lacing and letters.
- Clean foam produce trays (from the supermarket)
- Scissors (adults only)
- Use a pencil to draw the letter L inside a foam tray. With a sharp scissor point, the teacher can poke holes into the tray along the letter L shape. Make sure to make an even number of holes.
- Prepare yarn lengths (about 18 inches) and place tape on one end, almost to a point to make a needle replica. Knot the opposite end.
- Help the children to "sew" the letter L by moving the yarn in and out of the holes.
- Large brown paper grocery bag
- Construction paper
- Scissors (adult only)
- Crayons or markers
- Unsharpened pencil
- School glue
- The teacher will need to begin each costume. Using the paper grocery bag, cut out a large circle on one side near the top so the child's face can fit through. Slit up the sides to easily place the bag over the shoulders and arms.
- Place the folded bag flat on the table for the children to decorate.
- Use black construction paper for the whiskers, nose, and eyes. You can have these pre-cut or invite the children to cut the drawn shapes with safety scissors. Glue these facial features on the bag as shown in the photo.
- To make the mane, take yellow and orange construction paper and fold the sheets in half. Cut slits and leave an inch solid frame at the top. Mold these frames around the cutout circle of the bag and staple these sheets in place. Place tape over the staples to prevent scratches.
- Show the children how to wind each strip around a pencil to make paper curls. This step will take time, so you may want to take a break and then come back to this project.
- When finished, the children will "roar" will delight as they wear this lion costume. Use this costume in dramatic play or when singing lion songs.
Ladder Toss Game
Create an alphabet ladder that you can draw with chalk on the sidewalk or patio. Indoors the ladder can be made using masking tape on the floor. You can write the alphabet letters that you are learning inside the rungs, including the alphabet letter L. To play the game, invite the children to toss a bean bag onto the ladder. Whichever letter it lands on, have the child name the letter and make the letter sound.
Labels and Lists
Create classroom lists that start with all the L words the children know and new ones that you teach them. Start with these words and add more each day.
Post pictures of the L words around the room and label them. Also label any item in the room that begins with this letter, for example, you can put an L label on the light switch or on the Lincoln Logs toy canister.
Repetition is the key to learning letter names and sounds including alphabet L. Preschool children are in the formative years for pre-reading skills, so adopt these ideas for each letter of the alphabet. Here are a few other articles from Bright Hub Education on alphabet letters that will give you additional activities.