ABC See, Hear, Do 5: Sight Words

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The 5th book in the ABC See, Hear, Do series teaches sight words. “Sight words” is a term often used in preschools or kindergarten classes, yet it can be defined in two different ways: as words that appear frequently enough in the English language that children need to memorize them to improve reading fluency (Examples include I, in, a, and be); or as words that need to be memorized because they don’t follow traditional spelling/pronunciation rules (Examples include could, has, and was).

Because sight words need to be memorized, classrooms most often resort to pure memorization methods. They send home lists of words and ask parents to go over them with their children until they memorize each one. Some kids learn these words quickly and easily. For other kids, staring at flashcards with plain ol’ black words scrawled on them is laborious and painful.

To address the latter crowd, I continued with the ABC See, Hear, Do proven method by assigning an action for each of these words. I used the actual American Sign Language signs for as many words as possible, though I did have to modify some of them. Many English sight words aren’t used in ASL at all, so in those cases, of course, I created the actions myself.

Because the nature of reading whole words is slightly different than learning sounds, I decided to deviate a touch from the ABC See, Hear, Do animal theme, and used monsters instead to help children remember each sight word. I combed through lists and lists of the most common sight words, only choosing those words that 1) haven’t appeared in the first four ABC books and 2) can’t be easily sounded out. At the back of the book, I also included bonus pages with high frequency words that children can sound out.

Now, instead of staring at word lists, children can actually have fun as they learn their sight words. The colorful monsters and actions make learning sight words easier and definitely more memorable. 

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Letter k Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter k ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter k sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This clever king craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter k sound while learning about the lowercase letter k!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Kangaroo Craft

Make this adorable kangaroo craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!

Kitchen Letters

Kitchen Letters are a fun and easy way to practice the lowercase letters and beginning sounds! For this activity, we collected a bowl of play food and utensils from our kids’ play kitchen (but real kitchen supplies work, too!). When you give them the bowl of items and lowercase letters to match, see how many objects they can match to the beginning letters!

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter K Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter K Book List!

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Letter n Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter n ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter n sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This sneaky ninja craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter n sound while learning about the lowercase letter n!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Narwhal Craft

Make this awesome narwhal craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!

Night Sky ABCs

These night sky abcs are a cinch to put together! Dry black beans and star cutouts are all you need for materials. Label the stars with different lowercase letters, and let your little ones play and explore the letters they find! Little ones can say the letter sounds while older ones can make words!

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Letter e Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter e ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter e sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This egg craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter e sound while learning about the lowercase letter e!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Elephant Craft

Make this adorable elephant craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!    

Letter Eggs

These letter eggs are an adorable way to encourage letter practice! Make them by cutting yolk and egg white shapes from yellow and white construction paper. Write a lowercase letter on each “egg.” Add in a skillet and a spatula, and your little ones will be ready to begin some alphabet cooking and letter/sound practice!

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter E Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter E Book List!!

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Letter w Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter w ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter w sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This adorable wagon craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter w sound while learning about the lowercase letter w!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Walrus Craft

Make this adorable walrus craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!    

Window Letters

These fun window letters take a bit of prep work, but the result is mesmerizing!  To make them, first cut colorful tissue paper into tiny squares. Then place the squares beside each other on a laminating sheet, spreading the color over as much of the sheet as possible. Laminate, then cut lowercase alphabet letters from the color-filled sheet. You can tape your letters on a window for a beautiful display!  

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter W Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter W Book List!!

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Letter d Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter d ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter d sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This darling dinosaur craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter d sound while learning about the lowercase letter d!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Dog Craft

Make this adorable dog craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!  

Alphabet Dice Game

Creating your own dice game means you can customize the rules to meet the needs of your learners! Since we are working on lowercase d, we made a lowercase d game board, then added sticker dots with other lowercase letters for review! In our game, each time the child rolled the die, they moved forward that many stickers. We encouraged them to say the letter sounds of each letter they passed, and of course, the first one to the end WINS!

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What Makes ABC See, Hear, Do Different?

There are a number of excellent reading programs out there. Why try ABC See, Hear, Do when there are already plenty of effective methods?

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Here’s the thing. All children learn differently. So what works for one child might not work for another. Because of this, we believe that the more resources available, the better! Thanks to so many choices, you can find what works best for your unique child. And the ABC See, Hear, Do method is a new and exciting resource that has proven effective for many children.

What sets us apart?

First of all, the ABC See, Hear, Do method starts at the very beginning of the learn-to-read process. While many other learn-to-read programs assume your child already knows his letter sounds, ABC See, Hear, Do includes letter sounds as part of the process and builds from that point. In this way, it fills the gap between alphabet books and most learn-to-read programs

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Next, the ABC See, Hear, Do method is simple. Your child can learn 4 letter sounds and read 2 words right from the get-go. This makes learning to read less intimidating and provides immediate gratification. What kid doesn’t like that? This immediate reward keeps children excited and inspires them to continue reading, because their confidence grows as they realize they can do it.

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Another difference is that the ABC See, Hear, Do method is super easy for parents! Its bright illustrations, motivating structure, and fun actions sweep away much of the frustration that comes with teaching a child to read, replacing it instead with silliness. Performing actions while saying sounds not only activates multiple learning styles, but it also lightens the mood and relieves some of the pressure both parents and kids feel about learning to read. With ABC See, Hear, Do, reading practice is actually fun!

ABC See, Hear, Do 2: Blended Beginning Sounds builds off the first book and introduces letter blends and four letter words. It also allows your child to read another 51 words with prompts. This slow-but-steady introduction to reading makes the learn-to-read process simple, effective, and fun.

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We hope you’ll give ABC See, Hear, Do a try with your child! If you do, we’d love to hear about it!

For more information, be sure to check out our reading tips, such as 9 Tips for Using ABC See, Hear, Do: Learn to Read 55 Words, Learning to Read Readiness, or our free ABC Letter Assessment!

Letter h Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter h ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter h sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This adorable horse craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter h sound while learning about the lowercase letter h!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Hippo Craft

Make this awesome hippo craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!  

ABC Headband Game

Make this simple but fun headband game with a piece of cardstock, tape, a magnet, and magnet letters. Create a headband out of the cardstock, attach a magnet, and let your little one wear the headband. Without showing them the chosen letter, attach a magnet letter to the headband.  Then allow them to guess the letter by giving clues, such as the letter sound or a word that starts with that letter! See how many they can get right!

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter H Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter H Book List!!

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Letter u Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter u ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter u sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This cool umbrella bird craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter u sound while learning about the lowercase letter u!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Umbrella Bird Craft

Make another awesome umbrella bird craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!  

Underwater abcs

Instead of snow globes, make an underwater globe instead!  We used a snow globe we found at the dollar store, but a jar or bottle would work, too.  We added water, blue food coloring, glitter, and foam letters. After sealing it up, let your little one enjoy finding letters as they float around in their underwater space!

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Fourth of July Crafts & Activities

Looking for simple crafts and activities for Fourth of July? We’ve got you covered!


Glow Stick Alphabet Letters

Glow sticks are a simple and fun way to practice letters! Give your child some glow sticks, find a dark room, and see how many letters she can build! For added practice, see how many letter sounds they can make!

Pool Noodle Letters

Pool noodles are really versatile and can be used for so much more than swimming! We used festive red and blue pool noodles and cut them into short cylinders, thanks to a serrated knife. Then, using a Sharpie, we wrote letters on the sides of each cylinder. A shovel and bucket later, and your child can scoop letters, saying the letter name or sound as they scoop. More advanced readers can pair pieces together to build words!

Paper Plate Letter Fun

Paper plates are another versatile and simple letter activity! We found red, silver, and blue star paper plates, perfect for 4th of July fun! Add a letter to each plate, and then give your little ones a pile of foam letters (or stickers or really anything in a letter shape), and let them sort the letters onto the plates. This can be a great targeted activity to work on specific letters or sounds! You can also use this activity to work on alphabetizing, spelling words, and more! 

Fireworks Marble Art

White paper, red and blue paint, and marbles make this fun and simple art project perfect for the 4th of July! To make this craft, use a foil pan or box and add a piece of paper to the bottom. Squeeze a small amount (just a few drops, really) of red and blue paint in the center. Add marbles and encourage your child to gently shake the box to get the marbles rolling! Then enjoy the fun as the marbles create “fireworks” all over the paper!

We hope you enjoyed our Fourth of July activities!

 For even more great Fourth of July activities, check out our blog post here. Or for other holiday ideas, check out our Mother’s and Father’s Day posts here and here, along with Easter and Spring Crafts here and here!  

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Nine Ideas for Using the CVC Flashcards

The ABC See, Hear, Do Flashcards are a great supplement to ABC See, Hear, Do: Learn to Read 55 Words. They allow children to mix up the order of the words and practice reading them. We recommend laminating the cards, punching a hole in the corners, and attaching them to a key ring.

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Here are some ideas for how to use the CVC Flashcards:

 Word Match: Match the flashcards with the book. Open to a page in the book and have your child find the matching word from the flashcards.

Themes: If you are studying a certain theme, find the word cards that go along with that theme and practice reading and writing those words. Some examples include animals, farm words, adjectives, verbs, and nouns.

 Pick a Card/Spell a Word: Have your child pick one of the flashcards from the pile. Using magnetic letters, foam letters, letter cookies, or letter stickers, have your child spell out that word.

Whiteboard/Chalkboard: Let your child practice writing the words from the flashcards onto a whiteboard or chalkboard. Or go outside and write the words with sidewalk chalk!

Beat the Clock: Set a timer and see how many words your child can read from the stack of flashcards in one minute. Increase or decrease the time for more fun!

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Card Game: Divide the flashcards into two piles. Each player must flip the top card on the pile. Both players try to be the first to slap a card. Whoever slaps a card must read that word. If they read it correctly, they get to keep both cards. If not, each player then takes their own card back and places it at the bottom of their pile. The person with the most cards at the end wins.

Hide & Seek: Ask your child to leave the room. Hide the flashcards around the room. Then tell your child to find them. Each time he finds a card, he has to read the word the card indicates!

Baseball: Tape flashcards on the wall, and tell your child to throw a softball or crumpled piece of paper at the wall. When she hits a flashcard, she must read the word on the card.

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Slap: Lay out flashcards on the floor and tell your child to put his hands behind his back. When you say a word, your child has to slap the corresponding flashcard. If he slaps the right card, he gets to keep it. If not, it stays put. Once he has collected all the flashcards, he wins!

The ABC See, Hear, Do CVC Flashcards are available at:

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Do you have other ideas for using the ABC See, Hear, Do CVC Flashcards? We’d love to hear them! Please comment below or tag us on Instagram/Facebook and tell us all about them!

Letter j Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter j ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter j sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This joker craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter j sound while learning about the lowercase letter j!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Jaguar Craft

Make this awesome jaguar craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!

Letter Sound Mat

This letter sound mat is such a simple way to practice lowercase letters!  Draw a lowercase letter outline on a piece of paper or cardstock. Then give your little ones something to “fill” the outline with—buttons, gems, pom poms, or anything you have handy!  And don’t forget to encourage them to say the letter name and sound!

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter J Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter J Book List!!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Birthday Bash

We are so excited to welcome our guest, Dee Chesnut, from chesnut_simple_play. She is mom to daughters Magnolia, 4, and Willow, 15 months. Dee has an adorable Instagram feed full of clever ideas for “simple play” with your little ones! Plus, she is positive, upbeat, and quite lovely!  We are so glad to have you here, Dee!

And we are also excited to share this free birthday banner with you all! Check it out here!

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When I asked my daughter Magnolia, “How would YOU like to celebrate your 4th birthday party?”, I’ll be honest, I was anticipating a “typical” response of a unicorn or a princess party. Her answer took me by surprise. She very confidently told me, “I would like an ABC See, Hear, Do Party!”

My immediate thought was “That’s the cutest thing I’ve ever heard!” My second thought was “How do I throw an ABC See, Hear, Do party?”

In hindsight, I shouldn’t have been surprised that Magnolia would want this book as a party theme. ABC See, Hear, Do (and the fun animals inside), taught her to read in 5 minutes flat, so it’s a pretty positive book in her/our world.

The first thing I did to get the party in motion was to contact the author, Stefanie Hohl, to make sure she’d be OK with this idea. To our delight, she was just as excited as we were. She helped me brainstorm ideas and even made Magnolia a special birthday present, a custom birthday banner with all the animals in the background. (You can download it for free here.)

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We wanted to keep the party small, with just family and friends. But each family brought all of their children, so we had a wide range of ages. I tried to keep all of the activities super playful so anyone could participate.

The first activity we set up was a puppet sensory bin. To create this, we poured an entire Costco-sized bag of rice on a water table and added the printable puppets from the ABC See, Hear, Do website. I printed each animal on white cardstock so they would be sturdy. Finally, I hot glued them to popsicle sticks so they would stand out of the rice.

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I used all the animals that matched the first letter of each child’s name. For example, M was for Magnolia, and was represented by the ABC See, Hear, Do Monkey. I added those animals to the sensory bin. Then we played a little scavenger hunt to help the children find their animals.  

The second activity involved taking the puppets to a different location, where I set up trays & crayons. Each child then had the opportunity to decorate their puppet.

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Our third activity was a spin on musical chairs. I laminated the “Giant Flash Cards” and the “Memory Game” from the printable section of the ABC See, Hear, Do website. I placed the giant cards in a circle on the ground. I then had each child stand on an animal. Magnolia’s grandpa controlled the music, and the kids walked in a circle until I yelled, “Freeze!” At that point, I pulled out a Memory Card from my basket and yelled out an animal name and sound. Whichever child was on that animal would exit the game. The last child standing picked from a prize box. Because it was a small party, we were able to do enough rounds so that each child could win.

Our final activity involved our trampoline. I held up a giant animal card, and the children would act out the movements and sound as they jumped. They had so much fun giggling together as they pretended to be the different animals.

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Once all the games concluded, we sang “Happy Birthday,” enjoyed flower cupcakes, and Magnolia opened her gifts. It was a beautiful April day, and we had so much fun celebrating Magnolia’s 4th birthday with our friends and family!

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As it turned out, the opportunities to create a party based on the animals from ABC See, Hear, Do were so clever! I’m especially glad I asked Magnolia what SHE wanted because this was the most creative party we have ever done.

This book has been such a gift in our lives—the fact that Magnolia picked it as her party theme really says it all!

Hopefully our experience inspires you to create an ABC See, Hear, Do party too!

To see & hear an example of Magnolia and me reading book 1, you can visit our IG page, @chestnut_simple_play.

Always,

The Chestnut Family


Thanks for joining us, Dee! We were so excited to hear this story and all about your awesome ideas!


And don’t forget to download the free birthday banner here!

Letter l Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter l ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter l sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This clever lighthouse craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter l sound while learning about the lowercase letter l!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Lion Craft

Make this adorable lion craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!

Letter Rocks

A variety of learning materials helps to keep kids actively engaged. In this case, we used rocks! Write the lowercase letter names on a handful of rocks. Then use flashcards or letter tiles to encourage your little ones match lower case to lowercase, lowercase to uppercase, or let them come up with their own fun!

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter L Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter L Book List!!

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Father's Day Crafts & Activities

Looking for simple crafts and activities for Father’s Day? We’ve got you covered!

Magazine Letter Notes

Magazines provide endless opportunities for letter practice and fun! Let your little ones create a message for Dad using magazine letters. This encourages all sorts of great learning skills, including letter recognition and letter sounds, and can be adapted to a wide range of learners!

Father’s Day Portraits

An easy but thoughtful gift is always a Father’s Day portrait, courtesy of your little one! Use markers and crayons and encourage your child to draw Dad or another important father figure. Add a frame for a classy touch, and you’ve got a beautiful and treasured keepsake!

Miscellaneous Parts Frame

This adorable frame is easy to personalize and makes a great gift for those handymen in your child’s life! We scoured the dollar store for a cheap tape measure, and then we raided our tool box for miscellaneous nails, screws, nuts, and washers. Then we used hot glue to glue down all the pieces. Add a photo, and you’ve got yourself a great personalized gift!  

DAD Painted Cutout

This Father’s Day activity is simple but fun! We cut the letters “DAD” from cardstock (but feel free to use any word you see fit). Then let your little ones fill the paper with paint! Once the paint dries, it will be another great gift for Dad or a special loved one!   

Mini Hamburger & Fries Treat

This adorable “hamburger and fries” are the perfect way to “treat” Dad this Father’s Day!  Little ones will love to help build this burger, made with vanilla wafer buns, a peppermint patty burger, red and yellow-dyed icing (for the ketchup and mustard), and green-colored coconut shreds for the lettuce. Add mini fry chips (or yellow veggie straws will do), and you’ve got a delicious and adorable treat to share.

We hope you enjoyed our Father’s Day Crafts!  

For even more Father’s Day ideas, check out our post here. Or, if you’re looking for ideas for Mom, check out our Mother’s Day crafts and activities here and here!  

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Letter g Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter g ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter g sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This letter g gameboard craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter g sound while learning about the lowercase letter g!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Gorilla Craft

Make this awesome gorilla craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!  

ABC Gems

ABC Gems provide a fun way to practice abc letters and sounds! Your child can use them to match to flashcards, find objects that start with that letter, spell words, and so much more!

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter G Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter G Book List Post!

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Letter o Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter o ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter o sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This fun octopus craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter o sound while learning about the lowercase letter o!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Octopus Craft

Make this adorable octopus craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!  

Bingo Dabbers

Kids love bingo dabbers, and finding ways to tie them to learning will keep kids interested and engaged! One way to use them is to write the lowercase alphabet letters on cardstock. Give your little ones a set of corresponding flashcards, and with each new card, encourage them to dab that letter! Or focus on one letter, such as the lowercase letter o, and write a bunch of letters on a piece of paper, making sure to include plenty of o’s.  Let your little one find all the o’s, and with each dab, encourage them to say the /o/ sound!

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter O Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter O Book List!

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Letter f Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun lowercase letter f ideas for you! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the letter f sound.

Lowercase Letter Craft

This beautiful flower craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter f sound while learning about the lowercase letter f!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Flamingo Craft

Make this adorable flamingo craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!  

Flashcards

Flashcards can be so versatile - especially if you use them in games! One way to do this is to use a timer to encourage your little ones to say as many sounds or letters as they can within a time limit! Each time they play, encourage them to beat their high score! Another idea is to give your child a flashcard. Encourage them to collect things around the house that begin with that letter. For letter f, we found a frame, frog, flashlight, flower, and some letter fs!

For more great ideas, don’t forget  to check out our previous posts, including the uppercase Letter F Crafts and Activities and the Top 10 Letter F Book List!

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