Halloween Crafts and Activities

Need simple crafts and activities for Halloween? We’ve got you covered!

Witch Hat Alphabet Match-up

This is a perfect way to incorporate ending letter sounds while adding Halloween fun! Draw some faces on a piece of paper with letter sounds underneath each one. Then write matching letters on small stickers, like these fun witch hats. Encourage your child to match the hat stickers to the faces/ending sounds on the paper. They can also practice saying each ending sound as they find them! 

Halloween Sensory Bin

Halloween is filled with all sorts of creepy things, so why not make a sensory bin filled with water beads, plastic bugs/worms, and spider rings? Throw in some alphabet letters, and you’ve got an easy and fun activity to engage your little ones! Don’t forget to encourage them to say the letter names and sounds as they find them!

Spider Web Snack

This is a delicious and fun Halloween snack! Plus, your little ones will enjoy building their own string cheese web before adding their olive spiders!

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Letter x Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

This clever X Marks the Spot treasure map craft is the perfect way to reinforce the letter x sound while learning about the lowercase letter x!

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ABC See, Hear, Do X-Ray Fish Craft

Make this easy x-ray fish craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book! Then share your amazing creations with us!

Letter X-ray Box

This letter x-ray box is a fun way to practice letters! We made “x-ray” letters by cutting letter shapes out of black paper and backing the resulting space with white paper. Feel free to laminate for extra durability. We made a simple light box by placing a string of Christmas lights into a clear tupperware box. Turn out the lights and let your child check out the letters, practice the sounds, build words, or whatever other creative ideas you come up with!

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What do I do AFTER ABC See, Hear, Do?

I’ve had a few people ask me what they should do once they’ve finished all the ABC See, Hear, Do books. What comes next? While you wait for our next book to come out—wink wink—(because there’s always another one coming!), go ahead and try some of these activities to continue your child’s reading progress.

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1.     Read! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it’s obvious. But the best thing you can do is read, read, read. Read to your child every day.

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2.     Spot Read – When you read with your child and come across a word you know they can read, pause and encourage them to read the word.

3.     Take Turns – Another fun thing to do is take turns reading. You can take turns reading pages, sentences, or even words.

4.     Encourage your child to Sound Things Out. When you’re driving or grocery shopping or waiting at a doctor’s appointment, encourage them to find a word and sound it out. Then let them find a word for you to read.

5.     Encourage them to Read On Their Own. Check out our lists of good beginning readers here and here.

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6.     Keep Reading Time Stress-free and as simple as possible. If they are fighting you and refusing to do a reading activity, don’t push them. Reading will come with time, but if you force it, your child might end up correlating reading with something they hate doing.

7.     Go to the library often and Let Them Choose which books they want to read. Research shows that it doesn’t matter what kids read as long as they are reading. Even if you think a book is stupid, it’s okay. However, if you insist that your children read better literature, these are great books to read to them.

8.     Listen To Audio Books. Audio books are a great way to help children develop their listening and comprehension skills.

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9.     Go to your local bookstore and Buy Books! Research shows that homes with more books tend to house children that perform better in all areas of school. That and I’m always one for supporting independent bookstores!

10. Keep Practicing the words in the ABC See, Hear, Do books or try using the ABC See, Hear, Do flashcards! We have lots of ideas for flashcards here, here, and here.

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Good luck! We’d love to hear what other activities you do to help your children on their personal learn-to-read journey!

Letter z Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

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

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ABC See, Hear, Do Zebra Craft

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

Zoo Animal Sort

This zoo animal sort is the perfect way to practice beginning letter sounds and lowercase letters! We used the animals from the ABC See, Hear, Do book to create mini-flashcards, but any animal pictures will do! Encourage your little ones to find the letters that match the beginning sound of each animal. And when you finish, you’ve got some great animal cards for free play!

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Letter q Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

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

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ABC See, Hear, Do Quail Craft

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

Quiet Books

Quiet books are the perfect activity for the letter q! Grab an empty photo book and transform it into your child’s own quiet book! Some ideas include filling the pages with flashcards—each letter gets its own page. Or you can make an ABC book in your own style. Feel free to get your little ones—they can help find letters and photos to fill each page! Magazines provide a great resource for the latter option.  And don’t forget to share your quiet book versions with us!  

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Write the Missing Letter Free Printable

Freebie time!! I’m excited to share this free printable with all of you!

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Your child can follow the ABC path and fill in the missing letters. This activity helps you assess whether your child knows the alphabet in order, can recognize which letters are missing, and has mastered letter formation. The cute ABC animals act as hints to help your child remember which letters come next! 

You can download it for free here.  And if you love this resource, please post about it!

Letter v Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

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

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ABC See, Hear, Do Vulture Craft

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

Wiki Stick Letter Vs

Wiki sticks are a great versatile learning tool! We used ours to make a letter v before we made a volcano to go with our letter. In addition, your little ones could also make other letters, their name, words, and really cool art, besides!

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

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Letter y Crafts and Activities

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

Lowercase Letter Craft

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

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ABC See, Hear, Do Yak Craft

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

Yarn Lacing Letters

These yarn lacing letters are a great way to make your own personalized activities! Start by cutting a lowercase letter out of cardstock and laminating for extra durability. Then, punch holes around the perimeter. Add a piece of yarn, and voila! A quick and easy way to encourage your little ones to learn letters and their sounds all while helping to keep their little hands busy! 

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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!

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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!

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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!  

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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!

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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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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!

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