Learning the alphabet is an important step in children's' growth and development. Each new letter brings thousands of possibilities for language and understanding. Our young learners need to be exposed to new sounds and letters through many forms and a lot of repetition, but this does not mean that exercises have to be boring or writing-focused. Motor skills, sensory learning, and art projects are great ways to introduce and reinforce the alphabet. Here are 20 of our favorite engaging and creative activities for learning the letter "C".
1. "C" is for Compost
Composting is an amazing concept that all children should learn about and try in their school or at home. We can incorporate practice using the letter C by talking about what is compostable and what is not. There are many items that start with the letter C that can be composted: carrots, cardboard, cabbage, cake, coffee.
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2. Cookie Jar Madness
This Letter C activity is fun and a little sneaky because this is not your typical cookie jar. Get a big jar and label it, then cut out pretend cookies from cardboard and write letter "C" words on each cookie. Pass around the jar and have each student pick out a cookie and write the word on the board.
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3. "C" is for Costumes!
Let's give letter C week an exciting twist by having your preschoolers wear their favorite costumes to school. Bonus points if their character starts with the letter "C". Here are some ideas to give them inspiration: Cat Woman, Captain America, Captain Cook, chef, clown, cookie monster.
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4. Fun in the Kitchen
What do you know, a chef is someone who cooks delicious food, and what do preschoolers love? FOOD! So it's time to practice letter shape "C" by asking your kiddos to make something to eat that starts with the letter "C" and bring it to class to share.
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5. Cloud Dough
Here is a simple recipe to make some fluffy cloud dough for your preschoolers to play with and mold into simple letter "C" shapes or things that start with the letter "C". All you need is flour, vegetable oil, and a few drops of food coloring.
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6. Letter "C" Collage
Give each student a printable letter "C" worksheet with a giant letter on it and nothing else. Write a list of words that starts with "C" on the board and ask them to choose one and draw a picture of it on their piece of paper. Collect them all and make a collage on the wall.
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7. Coloring with Cars
This adorable alphabet activity uses sensory and motor skills for letter recognition. Get a letter C worksheet with a capital letter C on it and some little toy cars. Give each student a toy car and some paint and have them dip the wheels of the car into the paint. Then ask them to drive their toy car over the paper letter to create a cool design.
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8. Cat on a Cup
This purrrfect hands-on letter C activity is creative and simple just using disposable cups, some paper, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. Help your preschoolers assemble these adorable kitty cats to take home and remember a new letter "C" word.
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9. Construction Paper Crabs
This letter C craft is sure to get your kiddos little pinchers moving. So simple to prepare, needing red construction paper, scissors, and googly eyes. Once they have cut out their capital "C" and followed instructions for cutting the arms and eyes they can glue it all together to see the (not so) hidden picture of a crab!
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10. Letter "C" Book List
While creative learning activities should be the focus of most lessons, there are tons of crazy cute books teaching the letter "C" that are the perfect quiet time activity. Here is a link to some recommended ones.
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11. Constellation Station
Kids are crazy about the stars, and the letter "C" is a great way to introduce them to the wonders of our galaxy. Ask your students to go out and observe the night sky, then get some glow in the dark stars and stick them on the classroom ceiling.
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12. Circles are Everywhere
There are soooo many things that are circle-shaped. Use this as a learning opportunity for your students to go around the room and find things in the shape of a circle. If they are having a harder time or you don't have many objects in your room, ask them to bring an item from home and do a show and tell!
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13. "C" is for Color!
This letter craft is basic but effective, letting your preschooler choose their favorite color(s) and painting a letter C coloring page. Use this time to go over the basic colors and refresh their memory of some "C" words and what colors they are while improving their motor skills.
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14. Crayon Melting Art
This super colorful and creative art project uses a popular preschooler tool, crayons! Help your kiddos glue them on the top of a canvas, and then hold the canvas up and use a hair dryer to melt the crayons so the color runs down creating streaks and designs.
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15. Painting with Carrots
This carrot activity will have your little bunnies hopping around the room in excitement! Cut your carrots into pieces that your preschoolers can use as stamps by pressing them into paint and moving them around the page.
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16. Chocolate Play Dough
What do kids love more than chocolate? Nothing! Now, this is chocolate they can play with! This 3 ingredient recipe will give you deliciously simple chocolate playdough your students can use to make cookies, build castles, or just squish around with glee.
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17. "C" is for Crown
Every preschooler wants to feel like a king or queen. Crowns are such an easy and fun craft to make with your students to express their individuality and creativity.
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18. Crazy Candy Corn
This sugary Halloween treat doesn't have to just be for the holiday. You can use this cone-shaped candy in different art projects as a fun and edible prop for letter tracing or picture creating.
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19. "C" is for Cow
20. Cute Crawling Caterpillar
The little caterpillar is a great letter "C" word to teach your preschoolers so they can begin to understand the cycles of life for other animals. This craft uses colorful pom-poms, of green paper with leaf outlines. So cute!
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