Letter Unit Activities

Letter B Preschool Unit

OVERVIEW

We spent 3 weeks on Letter B. We first did one week of B is for Bee and B is for Butterfly because it fit nicely with some field trips and seasonal learning. Then, we spend a week on The Peaceful Preschool Letter B activities for Blueberries for Sal (with some additions). For the third week, we did B is for Bird. Below you’ll find a variety of learning activities.

B IS FOR BIRD

8FBC01B7-C24F-4C29-B05C-3EAB21720CF4 COMING SOON! I’m writing a separate post for our B is for Bird activities since there was a lot.

BIBLE FOCUS

IMG_1296 B is for John the Baptist and Baptism. This also fit nicely in to our B is for Bee theme!

See our Bible Stories A-Z post for more details.

THE PEACEFUL PRESCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Book

That’s it! We loved this book so much that we just read it again and again. I had other B is for Bear books on our shelf to enjoy but mainly we focused on Blueberries for Sal! It’s a classic for a reason.

Learning Activities

The following activities were spread over 3 days.

IMG_2307.jpg Letter B basket of items — We spent time learning about things that start with the letter B (and reviewed the letter B sound), and then we matched various items-that-start-with-B to our Letter B 3-Part Cards via Treehouse Schoolhouse.

Books:

IMG_2234.jpg Retelling Blueberries for Sal 

Using props to retell a story helps add in some fun to the learning but also helps with building language and storytelling recall (characters, settings, sequences, and key events).

We counted out fresh blueberries (using our number cards from The Peaceful Preschool) in to mini buckets. Kerplink, kerplank, kerplunk!

IMG_2305.jpg We painted a letter B with blueberry juice crushed from real berries.

I had my kids smash blueberries with a mortar & pestle and then help strain the juice into a bucket. They then painted a B with the juice.

IMG_2233.jpg We picked strawberries from our garden! We did not have a convenient place to pick blueberries this week, but we had so many strawberries in our own garden so it worked out fine!
IMG_2230.jpg Berry sorting activity.

Sort, name, and count the berries: strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry.

Book: Food Anatomy

IMG_2228.jpg Make berry smoothies. The kids helped measure everything out.

Our recipe:

  • 2 cups mixed fresh berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • cold water as needed
IMG_2084.jpg Blue buttons, blue beads, and blue balls fine motor skills sorting activity (from a blue basket in to bowls).

I’ve since learned that my son kind of rejects activities like this; my daughter (2) will go for it though.

IMG_2405.jpg Forming a B with play dough and adding blue marbles & beads to look like blueberries.
IMG_2351.jpg Straining and counting activity: throw a bunch of blueberries in to a bowl of water. Strain the blueberries out using a handy scooper tool and count in to a numbered muffin tin.
IMG_1798.jpg Blow bubbles. FUN, but also strengthens mouth muscles necessary for proper speech.

This is at the spillway off the dam where we live. That’s our dog swimming 🙂

IMG_1578.jpg Zoo Letter B scavenger hunt! I made up a scavenger hunt for our zoo trip with things I thought we would see.
IMG_2437.jpg I also built in some time for review with a Letter A and Letter B sorting activity.

This tray is from Target and the mini bowls are IKEA.

B IS FOR BEE

Books
Learning Activities
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Local Honey Farm Visit

We actually did this first because the Monday of this week was a holiday and my husband could join us for the field trip. We saw a live hive and watched the bees for awhile, sampled a variety of local honey, talked to beekeepers, and saw a variety of bee-related products. We purchased a few items to take home and enjoy.

IMG_1361.jpg Anatomy of a Bee using natural materials. We have done this anatomy-of-a-bug activity for ants, bees, and butterflies. It works SO GREAT for insects and includes natural counting.

Book: Nature Anatomy

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Bee hive counting cards activities.

You can download the hive counting cards for free here. I printed my on to yellow card stock.

This involves numeral-to-quantity correlation.

We used honeycomb, rocks with painted bees on them (or you could use mini bee erasers or plastic bees), and a bee stamp.

FYI: I paint rocks with Uni-posca medium and fine paint pens.

IMG_1411.jpg Fine motor skill threading activity: honeycomb cereal on to a lacing string.
IMG_1307.jpg Invitation to play:

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Fine motor skill transfer activity: transfer pollen to the hive.

Using a camping mat and yellow pom poms and our squeezy tweezers.

My other option with this was to use an egg carton.

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Honey hive transfer activity + science fun!

I put yellow-dyed vinegar in an empty honey bottle as well as provided some in a bowl with an eyedropper.

The egg cartons are filled with baking soda.

Transfer & enjoy the explosion!

IMG_1527.jpg Read BEE, form the letter B with rock bees, and spell out the word BEE with our moveable alphabet.
IMG_1550.jpg Scissor skills: cut floral straws for the bee to eat.

B IS FOR BUTTERFLY

Books
Learning Activities
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Witness a caterpillar turning in to a butterfly! We were lucky to collect a monarch caterpillar in time for our B is for Butterfly study and to eventually watch it emerge from the chrysalis! If you can’t see this in person, there are amazing time lapse videos online to watch with your kids.
IMG_1716.jpg Form a floral B for the butterflies to eat. Pairing bees and butterflies together fit nicely to intuitively learn about pollinators.

Whenever we glue items on to a large letter like this, I have the kids spread the glue with a Q-tip to help learn the form of the letter.

IMG_1872.jpg Anatomy of a Butterfly using natural materials!

Book: Nature Anatomy

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Butterfly Symmetry puzzle: free printable here.

Print the butterflies on to white card stock, laminate, cut out each butterfly, and then cut in half. I glued the left half of the butterfly to a yellow card stock paper. Then I used velcro dots for the right side of the butterfly so they could be attached in place.

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Life cycle of a butterfly + color sorting activity.

Supplies:

  • Color sorting tray (I made ours)
  • Egg: pom poms
  • Caterpillar: cut up pipe cleaners
  • Chrysalis: painted rigatoni noodles (so the caterpillar can fit inside)
  • Butterflies: rocks with colored butterflies

FYI: I paint rocks with Uni-posca medium and fine paint pens.

IMG_1931.jpg Butterfly symmetry art using a printout from Simply Learning (Letter B Preschool Unit post). We placed paint drops in the middle near the fold, then folded the paper in half and the kids pushed the paint in the direction of the wings. Unfold… and voila!
IMG_1576.jpg Fine motor skills & counting butterfly activity.

Hole punch the correct number of holes on to each wing.

LYTT8458.jpg We were able to visit a botanical garden for our field trip and see a huge variety of butterflies and many still in the chrysalis!

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