Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ABC Book - letter B

We have started making an ABC book.

I had this idea of creating a couple of lapbook-type pages of activities for each letter. We did B first. This was actually done a few weeks ago, but I waited to blog about it because I wanted to make all the activities available to print if you would like to use them too!

I'll give you the links to the .pdf files as I go through the page elements. Just click on the the picture of each activity (this does not include the letter craft picture) and you will be taken to the download page.

I hope this is as fun for you as it has been for us! Please use them for whatever you like; you don't have to make an ABC book like ours if you don't want to, but you could use them to make your own lap books or just for tot school activities. If you do, let me know, I'd love to see what you've done!

First, we did our letter craft, and glued buttons onto our Bb's. The templates for these are found here.

Here's a shot of the following activity pages:

The first pocket on the upper left is "Things that Start with B". We looked through these and named each one making sure to hear the /b/ sound at the beginning. (I also used some of the printables found here.)

Next we had the "Color the Bulldozers" pocket. M enjoyed this the most. I had each one labeled with a color to use, and the print was in that color (ex. red). M was able to see which color to use and did it all on his own. He was very proud (so was Mommy). The next time I will laminate these and let him use his window markers to color them. That way we can clean them off and he can color them over and over.
Next up is "counting baby birds":

And finally, "baseball size sorting":

{All of the pages are cardstock and here's a little tip:
*Place clear packaging tape along the side of the pages (fold it over so half of the strip of tape is on the front and half is on the back) before punching holes in it; this will make the pages much stronger and you won't have to worry about it tearing out of your 3-ring binder.*}

These activities were a fun way to practice other skills (colors, sizes, counting, etc.) while talking about the letter B and it's sound. It was a lot of fun! Letter F is up next!

Have a Beautiful day! :)


  1. I love it. I have to admit I've never been all that good at doing a lettter of the week. I'm much happier doing a specific theme, but I always admire those who can do otherwise.

  2. Wow - you had a lot of "B" activities and you have great resources too! I never got around to doing "a letter of the week" theme with Anna. They did it in her preschool though - she was in a class with preK kids, so they were working on phonics. I wish I could claim that that's how she learned the letters, but while she enjoyed the projects she seemed to learn the letters mostly from ABC books and

  3. This is a wonderful activity book, lots of really good ideas. We used to do a letter/sound of the week with the youngest children in our school and they had to bring in something from home beginning with the chosen sound. They really enjoyed it.

  4. great job love your b book! are you doing that with every letter?

  5. I hope to do it with every letter - maybe vary the activities a little bit. I've already started on our next letter (F) and I've got a counting game and songs to go with that one. So, it probably won't be a weekly thing because it takes some time to prepare, but yes, I hope to do it with each letter, as long as my son is enjoying it!

  6. Wow this resource is INCREDIBLE! Thanks for sharing them with us.

  7. I like your idea of using the corresponding ink color for the color names in the bulldozer coloring activity. For a g book, should the hard g sound be used to differentiate from the soft j sound of j?

  8. M. Kavanagh - Personally I am shying away from teaching my son the letters that make more than one sound, for the time being. We will be working on consonants that make a single sound, then we'll work on consonants that make more than one sound, then we'll work on vowels that can make several sounds, then consonant blends, etc. This is just what I think will work best for us. When we get to G (or C) I'll tell him "this letter is special, it makes 2 sounds" or something along those lines and we'll do activities involving both sounds. At least, that's the plan for now! Thanks for stopping by!!

  9. I want to say thank you for all of your cute alphabet ideas. I love this "B is for Button" craft.

    I am hosting a new blog collaboration called The Ultimate Alphabet Craft Collection I think many of your alphabet crafts would be perfect.

    Would you be interested in joining? You can visit this page to link up any or all of your crafts.

    Your Fan,

    Cathy @ The Attached Mama


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