Activities for the Letter Y



If you are a regular reader here, you know we’ve been doing a vehicle alphabet series.

We have just two letters left!   Today it’s time for activities for the letter Y!

preschool activities for letter Y


The day we did our letter Y activities I used sidewalk chalk to write the letter Y, along with a few other random letters, around the outside of the house.

After breakfast the kids went on a “Y” hunt!

letter y activity -- letter scavenger hunt



To make it more challenging for my 6 year-old I wrote several words that use the letter “Y” and asked her to read them when we found them.   (I used the words “you,” “yes,” “yellow,” “by,” and “why” which are all words she learned this year in kindergarten.

As she read the words we talked about the sounds the letter “Y” makes.  The 5 year-old had fun practicing the “Y” sounds.

We had one other activity to get us moving and learning outside… a letter “Y” hopscotch!

letter Y activity -- letter hopscotch



The idea was to only jump on the letter Y, avoiding any other letters.  I quickly found that they are really good at this!


When we went inside the 5 year-old worked on writing capital and lower-case “Y” with this letter Y worksheet.  

letter y activities


They both colored  some yacht coloring sheets I found online.  (After all, sticking with the vehicle-theme, “Y is for yacht!”)

And then it was time to build our own yachts!

y activities -- simple yacht craft for the letter Y



We used a block of styrofoam that I cut ahead of time to make the boat’s hull.  (If you have to cut it, i suggest doing it outside!)

For the masts we used drinking straws.  Use a pencil tip to poke a hole in the styrofoam; it makes it easier to push the straw into place!

Then we added colorful paper sails and our yachts were ready to sail!

letter y activity -- floating yachts




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Verbal Memory Game




Sometimes when we are driving in the car the kids start to pick on each other.  (Shocking, I know!)  The other day, as they continued to torment each other, I decided to try something new, a simple verbal memory game that quickly became a hit.

verbal memory game:  improve listening skills


I told them both we were going to play a listening game, so they had to be quiet so they could hear.

Then I listed three animals (cow, dog, horse) and asked the 5 year-old to repeat them to me in the same order.

I made a HUGE deal when he got them right, and then I gave the 6 year-old a turn, naming off three different animals (cat, pig, chicken).

Pretty soon they were hooked!

To make it more interesting I varied the lists, giving them lists of animals, numbers, shapes, colors, letters, vehicles…whatever came to mind as I drove.

After a few rounds I increased the list to include four items.  The 5 year-old was super proud of himself each time he got them right.


And the best part?  They were no longer fighting!  In fact, they were helping each other!


This game is easily modified for kids of different ages and abilities.

For younger children you may want to start off by just listing two animals.  For older children you could make lists of five or more items.  You could also ask them to give each other a list to repeat!

For a few rounds I had my 5 year-old repeat the numbers of our street address.  (You could also use parts of your phone number to help little ones start to learn it!)


Have a game you do to help keep the peace in the car?  I’d love to hear about it!  After all, we could all use a new trick!


Colored Ice Painting



Looking for something new for the kids to try?  Have a few hot days ahead?  It’s the perfect combination for Colored Ice Painting!


Colored Ice Painting -- perfect for those hot days!



I’ve seen colored ice painting done numerous ways.  I’ve seen some just use an ice cube tray to make the colored ice.  Others use ice pop molds.   I opted for an old ice pop mold, giving the kids a handle to hold their ice, kind of like a paint brush.

To make the colored ice I’ve seen a few different versions, too.  Some mix paint with the water.  I opted for a few drops of food coloring to make each color.  (This momma isn’t one for a big mess, and food coloring rinses off the concrete and kids fairly easily.)

A few hours before our painting adventure I mixed several drops of food coloring with water for each of our colored ice “paint brushes.”  Then I stuck them in the freezer until they were solid.

Once they were ready, I grabbed some paper, called for the kids, and we headed to the porch to paint!


colored ice painting



They had fun dabbing and dripping the colors on the paper.  Of course, since they were on ice pop sticks the youngest had to taste them.  (One more reason I used food coloring and not paint!)

We hung our colorful, and very wet, paintings up to dry on the porch rail…

painting with colored ice



And when they dried they were beautiful!


painting made with colored ice



Have you painted with colored ice before?  How did you make the colored ice?



Looking for other ways to have fun and stay cool?  Check out our water blob tutorial and ice investigation!