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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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!

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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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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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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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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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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!


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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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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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