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:

www.abcseeheardo.com

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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!

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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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Letter b Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

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

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ABC See, Hear, Do Bear Craft

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

Bendable Letters

These bendable letters are a quick way to make the alphabet move! Use pipe cleaners to make as many lowercase letters as you can. Then let your little ones enjoy their new bendable alphabet!

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Mother's Day Crafts and Activities

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


ABC Stamps

Alphabet stamps make such a fun and educational way to practice letters and sounds. Plus, your little ones can write their own personal messages to the mothers in their lives!  

Flower Craft

These flowers make a cute and creative gift for a loved one. Start by cutting a flower shape from cardstock. Then let your little ones decorate! We used bingo dabbers, but markers, crayons, paint, or pretty much anything would work! When dry, feel free to add a photo in the center for a more personal touch!

Mother’s Day Portraits

An easy but lovely gift is always a Mother’s Day portrait, courtesy of your little one! Use markers and crayons and encourage your child to draw Mom or another of their favorite ladies. Add a frame for a classy touch, and you’ve got a beautiful and treasured keepsake!

MOM Painted Cutout

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

Button Flower Craft

Colorful buttons and some glue can be transformed into a beautiful flower - perfect for a lovely Mother’s Day card!  

We hope you enjoyed our Mother’s Day Crafts!  

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

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Letter p Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

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

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ABC See, Hear, Do Porcupine Craft

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

Pancake ABCs

Pancake ABCs are an easy and fun way to get your students active in their learning! We made “pancakes” from brown construction paper cut into circles, and wrote letters on them. Add to an actual skillet with a spatula, and your little ones can start “cooking” their letter pancakes! Letter pancakes can be used an endless number of ways, by saying the letter sound and letters, matching them to corresponding flashcards, spelling letter pancake words on a plate, and so much more!  

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Letter i Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

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

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ABC See, Hear, Do Iguana Craft

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

Ice Cream Alphabet Match

This ice cream alphabet match is a fun way to practice matching lowercase letters with beginning sounds! To make this game, cut cones out of construction paper. Then, cut out “ice cream scoops” in various colors. Next, cut out the lowercase letters you plan to practice and glue one to each cone. Then glue a picture to each “scoop” (we cut ours from old magazines) of something that starts with each lowercase letter sound. Mix up the cones and the “scoops,” and let your little ones match the correct cone (lowercase letter) to its “scoop.”

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Letter r Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

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

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ABC See, Hear, Do Raccoon Craft

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

Rice Sensory Bins

Rice and abc letters are a quick and easy way to make a fun alphabet sensory bin! To make the rice a bit more colorful: in a ziploc bag, combine 1 tablespoon vinegar and several drops of food coloring, then add 1 cup of rice. Mix until coated, then spread on a paper-towel-covered cookie sheet to dry. Once dried, add alphabet letters and let your little ones play, learn, and explore!  

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