If you are looking for a fun and accessible way to teach your child the letter O, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you’ll find 5 activities engaging your child in different modes of learning, be it play-based or using the traditional pen and paper! Before you start with the activities, it is a good idea to introduce your child to the letter. Start with discussing unique features of the letter, for example, you could note that the letter O looks like a circle or like a Fruit Loop, and invite your child to engage in the conversation by asking them if they can find something else that looks like an O. You can also use this Kids Academy Letter O Video as it perfectly sums up the important aspects your child needs to know about the letter.
Letter O Coloring Sheet: One way to start off the Letter O week is by printing out this worksheet for your child to learn the letter through coloring. They will first be coloring a big bubble letter O, then they will color objects that start with the letter O. This activity will help them retain the shape and sound of the letter.
Letter O Tracing Page: Teach your child how to trace the letter O in both uppercase and lowercase with this worksheet from the Kids Academy website. Guide your child to start from the red dot in the first exercise and follow the arrow in order to form the letter O, they will keep practicing until they will be able to do it alone. In the second exercise they’ll trace the first letter from words that start with the letter O, this helps them practice tracing the letter as well as identify its sound by associating it to the images of the words provided on the tracing page.
O is for Octopus: For this activity, you’ll need to provide your child with a construction paper cutout of the letter O, with eight long rectangular cutouts that represent the arms of the octopus (or you can use pipe cleaners), some colorful craft pompoms, and two googly eyes. Let your child glue the arms and googly eyes on the O to make an octopus, then glue the pompoms on the arms to represent the suckers.
Fruit Loops Tracing: Draw a big bubble letter O on paper or construction paper, and let your child glue Fruit Loops that look like little letter O’s to trace the big letter O. This activity is beneficial for memorizing the shape of the letter they’re learning.
Letter O Recognition: In this activity, your child will exercise their mind and body simultaneously. You’ll write or print out a few random letters you have already covered in the curriculum, and then put them up on the wall with space between each one. Hand your child a ball and instruct them to bounce the ball on the letter they hear you say. You’ll start naming some letters, while repeating the letter O more frequently since it is the letter understudy.
These activities will help you and your child reach your lesson goals using stress-free methods. Children need play in their learning process as it not only helps them with their language learning and development, but also in their emotional and physical development, in addition to creating a positive attitude towards learning.