Is “I” the letter of the week? Are you searching for preschool / kindergarten craft ideas for the letter I? Are you preparing a lesson plan for the letter I? Here are a few activities and suggestions for the letter I. These ideas are great for child care centers, preschool, and even playgroups.
Ice Cube Paintings
One fun idea is to create colorful masterpieces using ice cubes. You will need water, popsicle sticks broken in half, food coloring, bowls, ice cube trays, and paper.
Mix about 7 drops of food coloring with 1/4 cup of water in a small bowl. Pour mixture into the ice cube trays and freeze. When they are about half frozen, place the popsicle sticks into the ice. Repeat with all colors and freeze overnight.
Each child will enjoy painting with the ice cubes. For an added touch, encourage them to paint the letter I, or a printable of the letter I.
One common letter I craft is an igloo. There are many different ways to make this. The easiest method involves a disposable bowl and white felt, cotton, or marshmallows. Simply turn the bowl upside down, and cut out an entrance to the igloo. Then encourage each child to glue on the felt, cotton or marshmallows. Be sure to discuss igloos, and show pictures of igloos before this craft.
Want to add in a quick science lesson about reptiles? Encourage the children to make iguanas that are in the shape of the letter I. Simply print out a capital I, about the size of a piece of paper. The top and bottom parts of the I will become the feet and hands. The children can color or glue the iguana head and tail. (For a sample picture, click here.) These make cute magnets as well.
An insect collage is an easy activity for children as young as two. Print off various pictures of insects (such as butterflies, dragonflies, etc) from the internet. Encourage the children to cut each insect picture, and place it in their collage to form the letter I.
While the kids are making these masterpieces, you might share some fun facts about insects. Read “Fun Facts for Kids About Dragonflies” and “Fun Facts for Kids About Spiders”. Also, check out “Facts for Kids about Fireflies.”
Ice Cream Magnet
One “sweet” way to learn the letter I is through an ice cream magnet craft. It will last for many years. The least stressful way to plan this one is to order a craft kit online. Google “ice cream cone magnet craft kit” to browse choices. Alternately, you can create your own by printing out an ice cream printable online. Have the children cut it out, color it and stick a magnet on the back.
Letter I Magnet
Another idea is to encourage your students to decorate magnets shaped like the letter I. Purchase wooden letters at a craft store such as Hobby Lobby, or create your own with card stock. Encourage the students to decorate them with markers, glitter, pom-poms, stickers and more.
These are just a handful of craft ideas for the letter I. For more preschool craft suggestions, please read “Letter K Preschool Crafts and Ideas” and “Preschool / Toddler Crafts for the Letter M.”
Also check out this article here for more ideas on how to entertain your toddler. For additional suggestions browse “15 Fun Ways to Teach Your Child the Letters of the Alphabet”