Letter D: Alphabet Activities for Kids

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Welcome to Letter D Day!

If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Alphabet Activities, you should start there.

Don’t forget to check out the Letter D:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids, too!

Letter Sorting:  D is for Dolphins {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

For our letter sorting activity, I cut out two dolphin shapes.

After gluing down the dolphins, my daughter sorted the lowercase and capital Ds and glued one onto one dolphin and the others onto the second dolphin.

D is for Dragons {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

To make some letter Ds into Dragons, I had precut the big and little D, the dragon’s heads, a wing and tale for each, plus a breath of fire for each.

D is for Daisies {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

When we did this project, my daughter was still struggling with cutting straight lines, so I precut these shapes as well.

Now that she’s a little older, I’d let her at least cut out the stems, and try to do the leaves and petals as well.

D is for Dogs Eating Doughnuts File Folder Game {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This is another file folder game I designed and, yes, we still play this one, too.

On one sheet are the dogs and their dog dishes.  On another sheet are the piles of doughnuts.  You cut out the doughnuts so your kids can match them to the dogs and dishes, largest to smallest.

My daughter loves to tease me by pretending to put the wrong doughnut pile on the wrong dish and watching for my reaction.  :)

You can find this free printable on my Letter D: Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids post.

D is for Dots  {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

Dot markers {or Dot a Dot Markers} are something we use now and again.

For this worksheet, I made letter Ds from bubble shapes that can be filled with dots from the markers.

You can find this free printable on my Letter D: Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids post.

D is for Driving  {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This was loads of fun.  My younger daughter, who was still crawling at the time, even got into it.

I made a capital and lowercase D on the floor with painters tape, adding small dashes inside the letter to replicate a road.

We drove the Hot Wheels through the letters like we were writing them.

You can also use the painters tape on tile or linoleum floors.  Sometimes it sticks to wooden decks or concrete, if you’d prefer to do this outdoors, though I’ve had trouble when dirt gets under the tape.

D is for Dog and Dolphin {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This was really just a fun craft that we did because my daughter loves painting so much, but we picked two animals that started with the letter D and I wrote their names on the paper to accentuate the letter.

These things are still hanging from her bathroom mirror with little suction cups.

D is for Dragon Drums {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

We also made Dragon Drums.

For the drum, I used old formula cans with the labels peeled off, but just about any type of can will work.  The small one was green beans, I think.  I had picked the formula can because it was large, but using two different sizes also allowed us to compare the different sounds they made.

As you can see below, we filled the cans with rice, so that they also functioned as shaker drums.

The top of the can was covered with the top half of a green balloon which I’d cut in two and secured with a rubber band.

We had cut wings and heads from green construction paper and I folded the ends up to make it easy to slide the paper under the rubber band as well.

D is for Dragon Drums {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

I let the girls beat on the drums with the ends of wooden spoons, and we shook them, too.

These dragon drums lasted a long time, even with the rough play of two young kids.  And we got a lot of enjoyment out of them.

D is for Dinosaur Pizzas {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

These are seriously fun pizzas to make.

I had intended for them to be “deep dish” when I made them, but they didn’t turn out that way.  I can’t remember why I still labeled them as such on the picture.

Anyway, as you can see in the step-by-step photo below, we started with my Easy Pizza Dough.

I rolled out the dough and used our Dinosaur Cutter to cut out dinosaur-shaped crusts.  I carefully transferred these to a parchment lined baking pan, trying to retain the shape of the dinosaur, but making sure to leave some room between them.

I also used the dinosaur cutter to cut out pieces of cheese from slices of mozzarella cheese {the kind meant for sandwiches}.

D is for Dinosaur Pizza {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

To assemble the pizzas, we added tomato sauce to them, then sprinkled them with Parmesan cheese.  I also like to add some salt, pepper, and garlic powder, but that’s optional.  We topped them with the cheese slices and with a letter D that I had cut out of pepperoni.

I made the meaty letters by cutting slices of pepperoni in half and carefully using a small paring knife to carve out the center.

The cheese spread a bit when they cooked, but we didn’t mind that at all.  :)

D is for Dulce De Leche Doughnuts {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

These Dulce de Leche Doughnuts were surprising good and relatively simple {although time-consuming} to make.

I’ve posted the step-by-step photo below, so you can see the process.  And actually, when I say it’s time consuming, it’s only because of cutting out the letter Ds and dipping each finished D into the caramel.  Not hard, but it does take a few minutes.  My daughter enjoyed the process, though, so – at least to me – it was worth it.

The doughnuts themselves are pretty easy to make since they’re baked, and the caramel has only one ingredient.  We topped them with nonpareil sprinkles for decoration, and though the caramel was a tad sticky, these were thoroughly enjoyed.

D is for Dulce De Leche Doughnuts {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

Normally I would add the entire recipe right here but this post is already pretty long, so I’m just going to post the printable recipe instead.  To print out the PDF copy of the recipe, click here:  Dulce de Leche Doughnuts

And here are some of the supplies I’ve mentioned in this post, including dot markers, painters tape, dinosaur cutter, and cookie cutters {for the letter D}.

Dot a Dot Markers Painters Tape Dinosaur Sandwich Cutter Cookie Cutters

I’d love for you to share if you’ve done any of these projects with your little ones!

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And don’t forget to check out the Easy Pizza Dough recipe I used for the Dinosaur Pizzas:

Easy Pizza Dough Recipe {And How to Proof Yeast} at RoamingRosie.com

Have fun!

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Letter C: Alphabet Activities for Kids

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Welcome to Letter C Day!

If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Alphabet Activities, you should start there.

And don’t forget to check out the Letter C:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids, too!

Letter Sorting: C is for Cars {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

For our letter sorting activity, I made two paper cars.

To make it a little easier to distinguish between the capital and lowercase Cs, I cut out the capital Cs in a slightly bigger circle than the lowercase ones.

But kids tend to be more observant than us anyway, and I’m not sure that extra step was necessary.

C is for Caterpillar {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This paper project goes great with Letter C Day and with a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which we read anyway.

But instead of cutting out circles for the body of the caterpillar, I cut out large letter Cs in different colors.

C is for Counting Colorful Cats {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This is a file folder-type game that I made.  And it’s one that my daughter still pulls out of the “file folder” game binder to play.

It’s a simple concept of matching the cats that are the same color, but lets you practice counting as well as color matching.

You can find the free printout on my Letter C:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids post.

C is for Cloud Watching {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This was probably my favorite activity.

I know it seems a little strange at first glance – after all, what toddler/preschooler can pronounce “cumulonimbus?”

Honestly, I struggled to say the words, too.

But, with this chart in hand, we lay in the grass and watched the clouds.  We talked about the different shapes and which picture on the chart best matched the clouds we saw.  We picked animals out of the floating masses and laughed as the shapes fell apart again.

My daughter still excitedly points out shapes she sees in the clouds, and her younger sister is starting to, as well.

I made this chart with photos from the NOAA and you can get the free printout on my Letter C:  Free Alphabet Worksheets for Kids post.

C is for Cotton Clouds {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

After watching the clouds outdoors, we made our own.

I cut fluffy cloud shapes out of blue construction paper, which my daughter smeared with glue and covered with cotton balls.

I punched a hole at the top so we could tie a string and hang them in our living room.

C is for Constellations {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This is a great project, and for many ages, too.

The version of constellations you see here was done when my daughter was a toddler.  I made different shapes with glue and she sprinkled the cut out stars over the glue.  The stars were made with a craft punch.

Now that she’s a preschooler, we’ve replicated the project, though a little differently.  She draws the lines with a white or silver crayon on the black construction paper, dotting on glue and paper stars at important points along the path, such as where the lines intersect.

C is for Corn Sensory Bin {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This corn sensory bin was so cool.  Seriously.  Have you ever been to a corn maze where they had a giant sandbox full of corn kernels that you could play in?

This was like the miniature version of that.  With letter C toys to find.

What I’m trying to say is that it felt really neat.  Corn is a great sensory tool because it has a wonderfully soothing feel as you move your hands through it.

And you can reuse it.  This is just popcorn kernels, and we did pop them after the project was done.

The letter C items that I hid in the corn included a toy cookie, cat, car, a coin, some crayons, candles, and clothespins.

C is for Candy Cane Craft {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

The next few crafts work for both Letter C Day and for Christmas Crafts.

For this one, I had precut some candy cane shapes from red construction paper and some strips of white paper.

My daughter glued the candy canes onto the paper and the candy cane strips on top of them.

C is for Chenille Candy Canes {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

I love using chenille {pipe cleaner} sticks for crafts.  Especially since they’re something you can get at the dollar store.

For this one, we took one white and one red pipe cleaner and twisted them together.  Then, we hooked over one end to make the candy cane shape.

Mine is the one on the left and my daughter’s on the right.

If you make these around Christmastime, they make adorable decorations that can be hung on furniture or the tree.

C is for Circle Christmas Trees {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

With this one, we had some discussions not just about the letter C but also about shapes.

I drew a triangle to represent the shape of a Christmas tree on the paper and we filled it with glue.  My daughter filled the triangle with the large green circles for the tree and topped it the the star.

Then we drizzled glue over the tree and she sprinkled on the tiny circles for ornaments.

I cut out the star by hand and the green circles as well.  If you have a large hole punch you could use that instead.  For the small circle ornaments, I used a single hole punch.

And since it was winter, this decorated our fridge before I transferred it to our Alphabet Activity Binder.

C is for Cars Under Cups {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

This was a little something we did for fun, after discussing how both of the words Car and Cup start with the letter C.

A variation on a Shell Game, I hid two cars under the three cups, moved them around and asked her to find the cars.  Not much of a challenge since the cups are all different, but it was still fun.  There were lots of giggles.

C is for Cinnamon Toast Cs {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

These adorable Cinnamon Toast Cs were made by cutting the letter C out of Cinnamon Toast with a cookie cutter.

I made the toast with regular sandwich bread, buttered the warm toast and sprinkled it with my Cinnamon Sugar Mix.  Then I pressed in the cookie cutter to get letter C shapes.

And I ate all of the “leftovers.”  Of course.  :)

C is for Carrot Cake Cupcakes {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

These were quick because I used a box mix and store bought icing.  I wanted to focus on the other projects and not baking from scratch – we do that enough on other days.

I made mini cupcakes and topped them with some cream cheese icing that I put in a plastic baggie with the corner snipped off.  I squeezed it on top in circles.

Then I mixed some icing with green food coloring and a little more with orange food coloring.

To make the carrot shapes I took the orange colored icing, also in a small plastic baggie with the corner snipped off, and drew a squiggle pattern that was thicker at one end and slightly pointed at the other.  Then I added a little dab of green icing where the “carrot” was thickest.

C is for Chili Con Carne with Cheese, Sour Cream, & Cornbread {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

For dinner we had a mouthful of letter C:  Chili con Carne with cheese, sour cream, and cornbread.

I made my 4 Ingredient Chili and some cornbread baked in muffin tins.

C is for Chocolate Chip Cookies {Alphabet Activities at RoamingRosie.com}

And chocolate chip cookies.  Yum.  How could we possibly have a day celebrating the letter C and not mention chocolate chip cookies??

C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me…..

Anyway, while baking your favorite recipe of chocolate chip cookies, melt some chocolate chips in a baggie, snip off the corner, and draw some letter Cs onto waxed or parchment paper.  Allow them to set (this only take a few minutes) and when you pull the tray of cookies out of the oven, place the chocolate C on top and press down ever so slightly.  The heat from the cookie will melt the bottom of the C to help it adhere.

And here are some of the supplies I’ve mentioned in this post, including the star punch, popcorn, and cookie cutters (for the Cinnamon Toast).

Craft Star PunchOrganic PopcornCookie Cutters

I’d love for you to share if you’ve done any of these projects with your little ones!

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Have fun!

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