Letter Blend /cl/ Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun letter blend ideas for the /cl/ blend! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the /cl/ sound.

Clothespin Bottle Drop

This clothespin bottle drop game couldn’t be easier to put together! Start by saving an old bottle (we used a plastic orange juice container) and cleaning it out. Then grab a bunch of clothespins and write a targeted letter blend on each - we chose /cl/ and /bl/ to start. Finally, let your child drop each clothespin into the bottle, but not before saying the sound of the letter blend on the pin! You can also make it an interactive game by taking turns with your child as you each pick clothespins and see how many you can get correct!  

ABC See, Hear, Do 2 Clam Craft

Make this cool clam craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do 2 book! And don’t forget to tag or DM us your adorable creations!

Perler Bead Blends

If you haven’t tried perler beads, you’re missing out! They’re perfect for practicing the /cl/ sound!  Start by creating a C and an L with the same color on the peg board (we helped our little ones with this part). Then let your child fill in the rest of the peg board with a variety of perler beads!  Once their creation is complete, adults can lay a piece of wax paper over the completed pegboard and iron the beads so they fuse together! Once melted, fused, and cooled, let your little ones enjoy their new creation as they practice the /cl/ blend!  

Clam Snack

This yummy treat is cute and fun, and it goes perfectly with the clam from our ABC See, Hear, Do 2 book! Frosting, vanilla wafers, and candy eyes are the only ingredients you need to make this super simple and delicious snack!

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Letter Blend /bl/ Crafts and Activities

We've got a lot of fun letter blend ideas for the /bl/ blend! Try some of these crafts or activities to reinforce the /bl/ sound.

Blooming Flowers

This blooming flower activity is the perfect way to get your kiddos moving and practice the /bl/ blend! Begin by making a set of paper flowers (with or without your children). We cut petals from cardstock and used hot glue to bind them together. Then we glued a skewer to the back of each flower. Then “plant” your flowers outside for your children to find. As they collect each bloom, encourage them to practice the /bl/ sound!  

ABC See, Hear, Do 2 Bluebird Craft

Make this awesome bluebird craft, inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do 2 book!

Blow Paint Volcano

Try a blow paint volcano when practicing the /bl/ blend! First, rip or cut brown construction paper for the base of the volcano. Use a glue stick to glue each piece to a piece of white paper. Then squirt red and yellow paint just above the volcano. Finally, give your child a straw to blow the paint up the paper. It will look like lava exploding!

Blue Bird Snack

This yummy treat is a cinch to make and goes perfectly with our blue bird from our ABC See, Hear, Do 2 book!  Pretzels, cream cheese with blue food coloring, sliced cheese, raisins, and a mini-bagel are all you need to create this adorable snack your child will love!  

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Letter Z Crafts and Activities

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

Letter Z Straw Letters

These fun letter Z straw letters are easy and cheap to make! Grab some straws, an iron, scissors, and wax paper. Start by cutting the straws into different sized-pieces (grown-ups may want to do this part). Then encourage your little ones to help “build” letter Zs. Finally, cover the straw Zs with wax paper and make sure its a a grown-up who irons the letters together - we suggest ironing them on an ironing board or towel. Watch as your little one’s creations melt together, creating extra-funky letter art!  For added fun, try hiding your newly-created letters around the house for a game of letter Z hide-and-seek! Or create straw letters for any of the other straight-edge letters: A, E, F, H, I, K, L, M, N, T, V, W, X, and Y!

Letter Z Zebra

Z is for Zebra! Making a letter craft is a great way for you to reinforce letter sounds with your kids or students. This one is also perfect for practicing scissors skills as they cut out the zebra’s stripes!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Zebra Craft

This ABC See, Hear, Do-inspired Zebra is a great way to continue practicing the letter Z sound with your kids or students. Remember to share anything you make with us! It is so much fun seeing everything your kids create!

Zebra Hands and Feet Paintings

Try this fun and easy zebra painting activity with your little ones! All you need are a sheet of paper, paint (we used black and white for the zebra), and a paintbrush or two. Paint your child’s foot (as shown) and help them stamp it onto the paper. Then do the same with their hand, using only white paint. Use more black paint or even a black marker to add your zebra’s stripes! Now you have two adorable Zebra paintings and a fun handprint/footprint memory!

Letter Z Zoo Snack

Z is for Zoo! This simple snack is clever way to reinforce the letter Z sound. Pretzel sticks and animal crackers are all it takes for your child to have some fun and create their own zoo!

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Letter Q Crafts and Activities

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

Quicksand Letters

For this fun sensory activity, all you need is sand and letters! Use as much or as little sand as you want, pour it into a container with some letters, and you’re ready to go! We decided to pour our “quicksand” in a dish with foam letters! Kids love playing with the sand, burying the letters, and then digging them back out again. Encourage your little ones to say the letter sounds as they play. This quicksand activity provides a fun way to practice the letters and their sounds, while targeting the letter Q!

Letter Q Quail

This fun letter craft is a great way to introduce the letter Q to your little ones or students. Practice the letter sound as you make your own adorable quails!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Quail Craft

Q is for Quail! This craft is a another fun way to continue practicing that letter Q sound with your kids or students!

Q-tip Letters and Painting

Instead of keeping your kids away from the Q-tips, why not give in this time? Use them to paint! Dip Q-tips in paint and encourage your child to practice writing the letter Q or to paint a picture. Just keep them far away from ears!

Letter Q Q-Tip Pretzel Sticks

Q is for q-tip! All you need for this snack idea are pretzels and mini marshmallows. Your kids will love creating their snacks all by themselves, and you’ll love watching them develop their fine motor skills!

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Letter X Crafts and Activities

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

Letter X Scavenger Hunt

To practice the letter x, try this fun and easy scavenger hunt! Look for things around your house, outside, or anywhere else, for that matter, that can be made into an X. Pipe cleaners, paintbrushes, grass, sticks... the possibilities are endless! With each x you make or find, be sure to encourage your little one to say the x sound!  

Letter X X-ray

Practice saying that tricky letter X sound with your kids or students as they create this simple letter craft. Then share all of your awesome creations with us! We love them!

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ABC See, Hear, Do X-Ray Tetra Fish Craft

Who wouldn’t want to make an X-ray tetra fish craft? Inspired by the ABC See, Hear, Do book, this craft is another fun way to reinforce the letter X!

X-Ray Craft

X is for x-ray! It doesn’t take a lot to make a fun, educational craft with your kids or students. Grab some chalk, glue, Q-tips, and black (or any dark-colored) paper. Help your child or student trace their hand and part of their arm with chalk. Then, still using chalk, color it in! Finally, glue Q-tips to the outline to look like bones. They’ve just created their very own x-ray!

Letter X Xylophone Snack

This fun xylophone snack is a great way to reinforce the letter X with your kids or students. All it takes is graham crackers, colorful candies (we used M&Ms), and icing. For the mallets, use pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows! Yum!

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Letter V Crafts and Activities

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

ABC Vroom!

V is for vroom!  Create this fun activity by cutting cardstock into strips. Write letters on the ends of each strip (with the same letter on both ends of each strip). With a piece of tape at each end, tape the strips to the floor to make cool tunnels!  As your child “vrooms” their car through the tunnels, make sure they practice the sounds of the letters they pass!

Letter V Valentine

This cute letter V valentine craft is a LOVE-ly way to reinforce the letter V sound with your kids or students. Plus, it can make a fun gift for a loved one!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Vulture Craft

This vulture craft, inspired by ABC See, Hear, Do: Beginning Letter Sounds, is a fun way to reinforce the letter V sound with your kids or students! Try making one, and as always, don’t forget to share pictures of your creations with us!

Letter V Vegetable Painting

Having trouble convincing your kids to eat their vegetables? Then paint with them instead! Start by grabbing a variety of veggies from your fridge or pantry. Then cut some up or leave them whole, depending on your preference. Arm your child with a piece of paper, paint, and the vegetables, and watch them stamp, dip, roll, and get creative as they make their own vegetable painting!

Letter V Volcano Snack

Mold chocolate cereal treats and marshmallow creme (or melted marshmallows) into a volcano. Then let it erupt with pull-n-peel candy “lava” down the sides.

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Letter Y Crafts and Activities

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

Y-eating Monster

Make your own Y-eating monster! Decorate a tissue box with eyes, teeth, arms, and anything else you and your child see fit! Then begin “feeding” him and practicing the letter y sound!

Letter Y Yak

Y is for yak! Letter crafts are a fun way to reinforce letter sounds with your kids or students! Try this letter Y craft this week, and then tag us so we can see all of your wonderful Letter Y Yaks!

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ABC See Hear Do Yak Craft

You might recognize this adorable yak from the cover of our first book, ABC See, Hear, Do: Learn to Read 55 Words. We love this craft and think your kids or students will, too! Tag or DM us your adorable creations!

Letter Y Yarn Letters

Yarn letters are a unique way to practice the letter Y. Roll a piece of parchment or wax paper onto a flat surface. Trace or free hand the letters you want to make, then cut up yarn into small pieces. Pour Elmer’s glue into a bowl and soak each piece of yarn in the glue before pressing it onto the wax paper letter shapes. Once all the letters are filled in, let them dry overnight. After drying, peel off the wax paper to reveal yarn letters that not only hold their shape, but make a custom educational craft!

Letter Y Yo-Yo  Snack

This simple and fun yo-yo snack will definitely get your kids excited and ready to learn the letter Y sound. Who can resist cookies and licorice?

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Letter K Crafts and Activities

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

Kicking Letters

Here’s a way to practice letter sounds and get moving! Tape letters to orange cones or an outside wall. Then have your child kick a ball into the letters! As they kick, they need to practice the letter sounds. This encourages kids to release their energy while practicing the letter sounds—score!  

Letter K Kite

This adorable kite craft is so easy and fun to make! Try it out with your kids or students and remember to practice that letter K sound!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Kangaroo Craft

This kangaroo is a fun craft that helps reinforce the letter K sound as your kids or students relate it to the ABC See, Hear, Do book!

Letter K Kite Salt Painting

K is for kites! This salt painting can be made with only a few resources. Using liquid glue, trace a shape on the paper (this is letter K, so we made it a kite).  Then add salt to the wet glue. Use a baking tray to keep the salt contained. Afterwards, let your child paint the salt with watercolors and watch as the color travels slowly up the salt! An awesome way to practice the letter K!

Letter K Kite Snack

This simple, delicious snack is a fun way to reinforce the letter K sound with your kids! Don’t forget to share your awesome snack creations with us! We’d love to see them!

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Letter N Crafts and Activities

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

Alphabet Noodles

Noodles make a great sensory activity for the letter N. Just boil noodles per the package directions, then strain and cool. In separate ziploc bags, add 2 tablespoons of water and approximately 20 drops of food coloring. Divide the noodles into the bags then squish them until all the color is infused. Finally, dump the noodles into a large container and add letters. Enjoy all the fun your little ones will have exploring and practicing letters!

Letter N Night

This letter craft is a fun and easy one! Your little ones will love adding stickers to create their own night scene. Don’t forget to share your nighttime N’s with us—we love seeing your creations!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Narwhal Craft

Who doesn’t love a narwhal craft? This narwhal is a perfect way to reinforce the letter N sound. Follow it up with a quick research party to learn more about these fascinating creatures!

Letter N Necklace Craft

Necklaces are a fun craft to make when learning the letter N. You just need a piece of string and beads. To begin, tie a knot (or a bead) to one end of the string to act as a stopper. Then let your child fill up the necklace with beads.  Once they are done, tie the string off to complete it. Then your child can enjoy wearing their new craft!

Letter N Nest Snack

Try this yummy marshmallow treat to reinforce that letter N sound with your little ones! Mix together marshmallow créme with crisp rice cereal, then form several balls into nest shapes. Finally, add candies to the top to look like little eggs inside your nest.

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ABC Letter Assessment

If there’s one thing preschool and kindergarten teachers are expected to do well, it’s assess what their students know. Why? Because parents want to know how their children are progressing.

Drum roll, please…we’ve got a new, FREE printable that makes knowledge assessment a cinch for both teachers and parents!

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Here’s how it works. Point to each letter and ask your child to name the letter and the sounds that letter makes. If he can, check off the corresponding box. If he can’t, leave the box blank. Voila! Now you know which letters to focus on.

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When your child knows all the letter names and sounds, she will be well-prepared to start reading (and start kindergarten!)

This is also a fabulous and effective teacher tool for measuring benchmarks. Check what each child knows at the start of school, half-way through the year and by spring. By so doing, you can track and show student growth throughout the year.

You can also tape this in the inside cover of ABC See, Hear, Do: Learn to Read 55 Words and check off the letters as your child learns them. My kids love basking in how much they know and marking their progress.

And did we mention it’s FREE?

To download your free ABC Letter Assessment, click here! Enjoy!

 

Letter E Crafts and Activities

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

Egg Carton Alphabet Fun

Egg cartons and printed letters make for an inexpensive way to practice letters and their sounds! First, place letters in an egg carton. You can use a large or small carton, depending on the letters you want your child to work on. Give your child a ball and let them “bounce” it into the egg carton. When the ball lands, they can practice the corresponding letter sound!

Another way to play is by making an ABC match. With a second set of letters (we used a foam puzzle), your child can match up the letters.

And for even more practice, cut your egg carton into individual pieces. This allows your child to practice letter sounds individually or combine the letters into words. As always, no matter which way you choose to use your egg cartons, make sure to have fun!

Letter E Egg

E is for Egg! This letter craft is an excellent way to reinforce the letter E sound!

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ABC See Hear Do Elephant Craft

The ABC See, Hear, Do elephant is the cutest! Try making this adorable craft with your kids or students, and don’t forget to practice that E sound!

Letter E Elephant Craft

Try this easy elephant craft when learning about the letter E! Begin with gray paint (or mix white and black together to make gray). First, let your child paint their hands, then stamp the paper with their painted hands. When the paint dries, flip the paper upside down and add eyes, a mouth, and a tail to each handprint. Feel free to use green and brown paper scraps to embellish your craft with a jungle tree collage!

Letter E Elephant Snack

E is for Elephant! This cute snack idea is not only easy and fun to do, but it is sure to fill your kiddos right up! Try practicing the letter E sound while you make and eat it!

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Letter W Crafts and Activities

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

Window Letters

Window letters are a fantastic way to practice letter sounds! All you have to do is squirt water on the window and watch the foam letters stick! A water bottle with a squirt top works great and is perfect for little hands. Your child can practice saying the letter sounds as they squirt the letters, or more advanced readers can combine letters to make simple words! Either way, it’s a cheap and easy activity your children or students will love!  

Letter W Watermelon

W is for Watermelon! This creative letter craft is a wonderful way to reinforce that letter W sound with your kids or students! Try it out and don’t forget to share your artwork with us!

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ABC See, Hear, Do Walrus Craft

Check out this week’s ABC See, Hear, Do animal craft! This walrus is so adorable and fun.

Letter W Watermelon Craft

Watermelons are such a yummy summer treat! Why not make this easy watermelon painting with your children or students? Slice a potato watermelon-style. Then add pink and green paint to a plate and watch as your child dips the potato wedge into the pink and stamps the paper. Use a paintbrush (or a finger) to add green for the rind, and after drying, use a marker (or black paint) to draw seeds! Then enjoy your child’s cute new painting!  

Letter W Whale Snack

W is for Whale! This whale snack is a clever way to help your little ones learn that letter W sound!

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Introducing...ABC See, Hear, Do Enrichment Pages!

ABC See, Hear, Do Enrichment Pages are now available in our printables store! I’m super excited about these – here’s why!

Each enrichment page is dedicated to one letter of the alphabet. And they’re color-coordinated! The backgrounds of each page are clustered in the same letter groupings as in ABC See, Hear, Do: Learn to Read 55 Words, making it easy to sort the pages. Or if you’d prefer to keep them in alphabetical order, that’s fine, too!

Speaking of sorting, I recommend storing the enrichment pages in a folder or binder with sheet protectors for each page. We all know what spills and little hands can do!

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Each enrichment page includes:

Picture Book Suggestions: 7 fiction texts and 3 nonfiction texts related to the featured letter. We’ve looked long and hard to find books that are not only readily available at libraries and on Amazon, but are also of the highest quality around! Use these books to reinforce letter learning and build your own picture book library!

Snack Ideas: general snack ideas for each letter, as well as a creative snack idea.

Craft Ideas: simple and fun crafts that are easy on the budget and young crafters.

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Songs/Rhymes: two catchy songs/rhymes to reinforce letter learning! Beware: they may get stuck in your head.

Games/Activities: two games/activities per letter to get your kids moving while they learn.

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Once you’ve downloaded your pages, the options are endless! Pick and choose which activities and what pace works best for you. Perhaps you’ll use multiple elements on the page for a Storytime or a preschool day. Maybe you’ll focus on one letter per week and do an activity every day. Do what works for you.

The best thing about the enrichment pages is that they make planning a cinch! Yes, you could google and search Pinterest for hours on end to find similar ideas, but why? We’ve already got you covered! Go spend your time doing something fun!

Long story short: Let us do the work, so you can focus on what matters most: your kids. And mom time. J

Check out the Enrichment Pages and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

The Process of Creating the ABC Books

Hi, Stef here. I’m the author/illustrator of the ABC See, Hear, Do books.

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Many people ask me about the process of writing the ABC books– where do I come up with ideas and how do I do the illustrations?

The first thing I do is a LOT of research. This includes researching the way kids learn, the complexities of learning to read, sounds needed to read, and of course, various animals!

Once my brain is stuffed with all that information, I write the text of the book and send it through multiple rounds of revisions– with writing critique groups, moms who test it with their children, preschool teachers, speech-language pathologists, and my editor.

With the text complete, I start drawing. I started out with Sharpies and computer paper. You can see me draw the crab from ABC See, Hear, Do: Blended Beginning Sounds here:

 

I have now upgraded to an ipad and apple pencil, which makes revisions a lot easier. After my drawings are done, send them to my graphic designer, who adds color and formats each book for me. We bounce ideas back and forth and come up with plenty of revisions until it’s just right.

At that point, I send an electronic version of the book to my teams of critique partners, moms, and teachers again for even more feedback. After more revisions, my editor goes through it one final time.

Then I get a proof printed and test the actual book with children, watching carefully how they respond. When that testing is complete, I have a second editor go through the printed copy of the proof. Together we make more changes and order more proofs, until we’re ready for publication. For the first book, we ended up ordering three more proofs before it was just right. Yet as we’ve worked on sequential books, we’ve also learned what works and what doesn’t, making the process easier.

I publish the books through CreateSpace to sell on Amazon and through IngramSpark to sell to bookstores.

And as you can see, writing and publishing the ABC See, Hear, Do series isn’t just about me, though my name is on the cover. It’s a team effort, and I’m so grateful for the wonderful people who help me make it happen!

Be sure to check out these posts if you missed them!

Learning to Read Readiness

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