The alphabet is 26 unique letters that make up millions of words in the English language. Preschool is the time where we begin learning and understanding these letters and how they can be used to create words and sentences for communicating our thoughts and emotions.
There are many ways to learn the alphabet besides writing and repetition. Learning new words can be creative, messy, competitive, and most importantly…FUN! So here are 20 of our favorite activities to teach your kiddos about the amazing letter “B”.
1. “B” Word Collage
This letter B craft is simple to prepare, and super fun for your preschoolers. First, get some construction paper of different colors and help your kids trace the capital “B” in big, thick lettering. Next, help them cut out their “B” and glue them on different-colored paper. Lastly, help them think of simple words that start with “B” they can write inside the letter.
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2. Mystery Bag of “B”s
One of our favorite ways of teaching vocabulary is through real-life items and recall. Get a paper bag and fill it with small items that start with the letter “B”. You’d be surprised how many you have around your house or at your school: banana, ball, button, blueberry, bracelet. Add additional items that do not start with “B” and have your kids sort them accordingly.
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3. The Bubble Bear
This bear craft is super simple and fun, using a basic outline of a bear on a piece of paper and a bottle of bubbles. Mix your bubble solution with some food coloring and let your preschoolers blow bubbles onto their paper coloring their cute little bear.
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4. Letter “B” School Bus
This school-themed letter B activity requires some tracing and cutting skills, along with multi-colored paper, scissors, and a glue stick. Follow the instructions and show your kids how to cut and glue together their school bus using the capital letter “B”.
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5. Abstract Blue
This alphabet activity is covered in blue. Get a variety of blue paint shades, some white canvas papers, and let your preschoolers express their creativity and emotion through abstract painting. This style of painting is great for emotional release and the color/word association will make letter recognition easier in the future.
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6. Berry and Banana Boats
This fun letter alphabet craft is a blast to make and even better to eat! With 3 “B”s what else do you need? Grab some berries, a banana, and whatever else you want to add and show your kiddos how to build their own “B” inspired fruit boat. This is a great activity right before snack time!
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7. “B” is for Bumblebee
This fun craft uses a balloon to paint the awesome letter “B”! Cut out a capital “B” and place it on top of another sheet of paper, then use your inflated balloon as a brush to paint the letter shape yellow. You can use black finger paint, or black paper to cut out the bee wings and use pipe cleaners for the antennae, so cute!
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8. Button Sorting
This hands-on motor skills sorting game uses colorful buttons to reinforce the exciting letter “B”. Put all your buttons in a bowl and give your preschoolers a time limit to sort the buttons according to color! Extra points for the blue buttons.
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9. Alphabet Bead Necklace
One of our favorite crafts for toddlers they can take home and reinforce what they have learned is homemade jewelry. You can find beads with letters on them at most craft stores and some other colored beads if you wish. Hand out the beads and string and let your preschoolers get creative with their alphabet necklaces!
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10. Puzzle of “B”s
Building puzzles is an awesome time for kids to complete something and feel accomplished. This piece puzzle includes pictures of words that start with “B” on each piece reinforcing the words as your preschoolers put the puzzle together.
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11. “B” is for Bat
This hands-on learning activity is super fun and the materials are easy to find and assemble. Each bat is made from a cylinder cardboard tube, some construction paper, and googly eyes. Use some black paper to cover your tube and cut out pieces for your bat wings.
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12. Letter “B” Books
There are plenty of creative reading and coloring books out there that emphasize the letter “B”. Books that tell stories of a brown bear, or a darling bird, or a giant buffalo, really any favorite book with “B” words. Use reading time as a way to refresh and recall the “B” vocabulary you have practiced before.
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13. Tissue Paper Balloons
Preschool crafts are colorful and creative, which is why we love to incorporate them in our vocabulary lessons. This project uses colorful tissue paper to fill in a drawing of balloons. It’s fun for kids to crumple the paper, glue it on, and see their masterpiece take shape.
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14. Cotton Ball Bunny
This letter B craft practices lowercase letter b, by making an adorable fluffy pink bunny! Have your students trace and cut out the alphabet letter, then they can glue on ears, googly eyes, and cotton balls to complete their little bunny friend.
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15. Painting with Bugs!
This letter B craft idea will have your preschoolers skin crawling! All you need is some plastic toy bugs, some kids’ paint, and paper. Have your kiddos dip the bug legs into a blob of paint and see how they make little bug tracks on their paper.
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16. Alphabet Ball
Time to get your kids moving with this fun alphabet ball game! Get a ball and gather your students in a big circle. When someone is tossed the ball they need to say a word that starts with “B”. If they take too long or cannot think of a word they are out of the game until the next round.
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17. Build Your Own Bicycle
This arts and crafts activity is better suited for advanced children who can assemble multiple pieces to make a mini bicycle out of popsicle sticks. With a few easy-to-find materials and paint colors, your kids will create their own adorable little bicycles.
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18. Handprint Butterflies
Time to make a mess with these creative and unique handprint butterflies. Grab some construction paper, washable paints, some colored pencils, and make your own one-of-a-kind butterfly shape.
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19. Fun with Scrabble
Board games are a fun addition to the classroom, and scrabble is the best game to practice new vocabulary. Gather some kids around and give them their letters (each with at least 2 “B”s), encourage them to think of words using the letter “B” and see how many rounds they can go.
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20. Banana Bread Fun
This easy and fun recipe uses two common “B” words, banana and bread! Together they make something delicious that your preschoolers can eat up and share with their friends. Doing hands-on learning is a useful tool in reinforcing new vocabulary and making lasting memories.
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