Now that you’re done with the letter R, it’s time to move forward with the letter S. Teaching your child a new letter is a big milestone that needs to be smoothly introduced. Instead of blunt instruction, your child might prefer a more fun and interactive approach. One way to spark their interest is by first watching this Letter S Video from Kids Academy. It will help your child get acquainted with the name, shape and sound of the letter through colorful animation. Another method to help your child learn is by incorporating activities in their curriculum at home. In this article, we will provide you with a few activities on the letter S that will offer your child a fun and stress-free outlook towards learning.
Letter S Coloring Sheet: A popular activity for preschoolers is coloring. In this Kids Academy worksheet, you will find two coloring exercises that target different aspects of the letter. In the first exercise, your child will have to color in the letter S. This focuses mainly on learning the shape of the letter. In the second exercise, they will have to identify two images that start with the letter S and then color them in. In this worksheet the words are “snake” and “socks”. This will help them identify the sound of the letter S in addition to its shape.
Letter S Tracing Page: Another Kids Academy activity you can offer your child is this letter S tracing worksheet. This activity is a bit more technical but helps your child practice the very important fine motor skills that are required for future writing skills. It also further establishes the relation between the shape of the letter and its sound through providing two additional words starting with the letter S, “Spider” and “snowman”. Moreover, it introduces the concept of uppercase and lowercase forms of the letter.
S is for Snake: For this activity, you’ll need a construction paper cutout of the letter S, two googly eyes, a small red cutout of a snake tongue, and some additional construction paper and safe scissors for your child to get creative and make a snake out of the letter S, decorating it with whatever material you can offer them, coloring pens, cutouts, craft material, etc. This activity can also be adapted to other animals whose names start with the letter S as well such as seahorse or a snail. This activity’s main focus is learning the shape of the letter, as well as connecting it to its sound through the use of the letter S in the names of the animals.
Straw Activity: Cut a few straws into small pieces, then have your child trace a printout of the letter S by gluing those pieces on the letter. Such tracing activities provide great exposure for children to get acquainted with the shape of the letter they’re studying. Using objects whose names start with the letter adds the benefit of using the sound the letter makes.
Uppercase/Lowercase Socks: Print out and cut a bunch of uppercase and lowercase letter S. On a board, pin a pair of socks and have your child sort the two different forms of the letter each on a sock.
These five activities can offer great help throughout the Letter S week, utilizing one activity a day. If you find it necessary, you can add or remove some of the activities to cater to your child’s educational needs. You can also find additional material on other letters and subjects on the Kids Academy website.