Is your preschooler done with the letter L, and is ready to learn a new letter this week? It’s now time to introduce the letter M to your child. One of the first things we recommend you do is to provide visuals related to the letter M for your child. For example, keep a “Letter of the Week” board in their study area. Another important but frequently overlooked tip to help your child learn the letter is to talk about it. Talk about its shape, name and sound to establish a good base.
For a proper introduction to the letter, you can start by watching this Kids Academy video with your child Letter M Video. After this video, you can start giving your child activities on the letter M to help them learn it in a fun and easy way. In this article, we’ll provide you with a few activities you could implement in your child’s learning process at home.
Letter M Coloring Sheet: This coloring sheet from Kids Academy is designed to help your child learn the letter M, its shape and sound through art. You will find two exercises on this sheet, the first focuses on the letter itself, where your child will color a big bubble letter M. The second exercise focuses on the sound of the letter where you’ll find two words that start with the letter M, ‘monkey’ and ‘milk’, and their respective images for your child to color.
Letter M Tracing Page: You can also offer your child this Kids Academy tracing worksheet that teaches your child how to trace the letter M in both its uppercase and lowercase forms. Similarly as the previous worksheet, it also provides two words that start with the letter M, ‘mouse’ and ‘magnet’, one written in uppercase and one in lowercase for your child to trace. In addition to practicing their writing skills, this activity helps your child learn the shape and sound of the letter M as well.
Tracing with Mud: Another tracing activity your child will definitely enjoy is tracing the letter M in mud. Put some mud in a tray, and provide your child with the letter M written or printed on a seperate piece of paper for them to trace it in the mud with their fingers. Emphasize the sound /m/ in ‘mud’ to put the letter into context using real life objects.
M is for Mouse: A fun activity we always like to recommend is turning the letter into an animal that starts with that letter. In this case, you can use the letter M to make the shape of a mouse. Cut out two big pink circles for the ears, and one small for the nose, in addition to some long strands for the whiskers. For the eyes you can either use construction paper cutouts as well or googly eyes.
Magnet: For this activity, you’ll need a printout or drawing of a lowercase m, colored in red with blue tips on the bottom to make it look like a magnet. Have your child glue some paper clips and other metallic objects on the blue tips to make it look like the magnet caught these objects. On top of the page, make sure you emphasize that “m is for magnet” to create an association between the letter and its sound.
Using some of these activities on a daily basis, or having them in your back pocket as a backup plan for when your child is having trouble learning the letter M are both great ideas. If you found the worksheets in this article useful, you can find similar ones on other letters on our Kids Academy website and much more educational materials for all subjects and ages. Happy learning!