Congratulations! You have reached the last letter of the alphabet, the letter Z. What a journey it has been for both you and your child. But you are not done yet, you still have one more exciting week of activities ahead of you. In this article, we’ll provide you with 5 letter Z activity ideas to help your child learn this letter fast and easy. It is important to introduce your child to the letter first rather than directly starting with the activities. For that purpose, have them watch this Letter Z video from the Kids Academy website, and they’ll be ready to move on to the fun activities.
Letter Z Coloring sheet: To help your child learn the shape and sound of the letter Z, print out this Kids Academy coloring sheet, where they’ll have the chance to color the letter Z in the first exercise, and then in the second exercise they’ll color two images, one of a zebra and the second of the number zero, in order to associate the letter with the sound it makes at the beginning of each of the two words.
Letter Z Tracing Page: The second worksheet you can print out for your child is this letter Z tracing page. It is a great way to train your child’s pre-writing skills while also exposing them to the letter they’re studying. This worksheet starts with an exercise to trace the letter Z in its uppercase form first, then lowercase. The second exercise associates each of the two forms of the letter to certain words that start with the letter Z, Zebra and zipper. This exercise also helps your child learn the sound the letter Z makes.
Z is for Zebra: On a white cut out of the letter Z, have your child glue black strips of construction paper with a googly eye and a triangular ear at the top to make a zebra. You can also cut some black yarn into small pieces for them to glue them as the zebra’s mane and tail. This activity reinforces the shape of the letter into their memory and relates it to the sound the word Zebra starts with. Another advantage is that it requires your child to use their imagination to transform the shape of the letter into an animal.
Catch some Zs: For this activity, you will need to print out 5 small images of sleeping faces, and 5 awake. Get creative with the faces you choose, they can be funny, realistic, etc. Whatever you suspect your child gravitates towards the most, since the visuals are what gives them the first impression. Then, arrange the images on a board or big construction paper in random order, and have your child pin Zs on the sleepy faces. This activity is funny and light, they will definitely enjoy it!
Zipper Z: Using 3 long pieces of zipper and 3 small pieces, help your child make the shape of the letter Z in both its uppercase and lowercase forms. Emphasize how the word zipper starts with the shape of the letter they’re making.
Implementing one activity a day for a week is a great plan to help your child efficiently learn a letter. For more worksheets and videos for your preschooler, check out the Kids Academy website.