Preschool Corner: All About the Letter Ee

Eggs and elephants were the topics we covered this week for class. Once I started with the elephants it was a little hard to stop, especially once the handprint came into play. :) Too cute and too fun.

Be sure to check out my Letter E post from last year too for some additional ideas to use for the letter E, including a printable collage sheet, a different alphabet page and games.

Before I forget, if you are looking for the links to past alphabet posts, they are all at the bottom of the blog in the footer.

Alphabet Book

You’ll Need:

  • Gray paint {we had fun mixing black and white together}
  • Paintbrushes
  • Green markers
  • Pink ‘ears’ for your elephants
  • Googley eyes
  • Wet wipes {for quick clean-up}

To Make:

{Note: I cut out the pieces ahead of time since we have a short amount of time and a lot to do ~ otherwise I would recommend letting the kids cut out their own pieces as much as possible!}

1. Mix up the paint {if needed} and have kids color grass along the bottom of their alphabet sheet.

2. Paint your child’s hand with the gray paint, completely covering the fingers and palms.

3. Have your child place their hand on the paper {fingers pointing down toward the grass on the bottom} and gently press hand onto the paper so that the paint transfers.

4. Add an ear and an eye to your elephant and paint a thin tail.

Art

Elephant E ~ This week our letter craft for that looks like the letter we’re learning about was a fun little elephant. You can see it up close and get directions in my E is for Elephant post.

Games

Egg Matching ~ I put numbers on one end of a plastic Easter egg and the same number of dots on the other end. The kids had fun counting the dots and finding the number match {works great if you either mix up the egg colors or use all the same color egg}. They also counted out pieces of elbow macaroni to put inside, depending on what number was on the egg.

Uppercase/Lowercase Matching Game ~ Found a great letter E matching game over at Homegrown Hearts where the kids sort upper/lowercase letters. Be sure to check out her other E printables.

I Spy ~ These are things that we found either in our classroom or brought from home to share for show and tell. Can you find the things we spied? {this will print great as a 4×6 print}.

Science

During our group time, we took a raw egg and put it into a jar filled with warm water {it sank}. I made some observation sheets for the kids to predict and record what would happen when we added salt to the water.

We added a LOT of salt.

And it finally floated up to the top {thank goodness}.

Songs and Rhymes

During our group time we sang the song “Do Your Ears Hang Low” and then later replaced the word ‘ears’ with other body parts: elbows, eyes, knees, hands, etc… and the kids had fun trying to see if they could throw those things over their shoulders.

One of the boys is VERY flexible and can put his foot over his shoulder!

Additional Resources

Be sure to check out another one of my posts for some more ideas for teaching the letter E. There are some different activities and printables in that post too!

Stories & Books We Used


About the Preschool Corner

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E is for Elephant {Craft}

The saddest part of my week {ok, I exaggerate a little bit…} was discovering that our craft stores carry every shade of foam sheets and construction paper ~ except GRAY!! Do these people not know that elephants are just begging to be made by local preschoolers?

I got the idea from this post at No Time for Flash Cards. The kids have been loving the crafts {and the parents too, I believe!}.

What You’ll Need:

  • Gray or white foam sheet/construction paper {our craft stores only had white}
  • Scissors
  • Pen {to trace letter}
  • Paint ~ if you can’t find gray paper or foam
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

How to make the ‘E’ Elephant:

  1. Trace and cut an uppercase ‘E’ out of the foam sheet or construction paper. I used a foam sheet that was about 4″ x 5″ in size. Since our craft store didn’t have gray foam, I used white and we painted it gray after we had glued it all together.
  2. Using the extra foam, cut out an ear and a trunk for the elephant. I used a little sliver of our white foam to also cut out a tusk for him.
  3. Glue the elephant’s trunk onto the middle section of the letter ‘E’.
  4. Glue on the ear and paint if needed.
  5. Add an eye and tusk to finish!

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The Preschool Corner: Letter E


ABC Book: Elephant Puzzle

This week I divided a picture of an elephant into nine pieces as a simple puzzle for Zachary to color. He cut it following the lines and then pasted it together on a larger sheet of construction paper for his Alphabet Book. If you click on the picture it will take you to the document where you can print off the puzzle for yourself.

Alphabet Activities: Popsicle stick E’s

We used 4 popsicle sticks to make the letter E together. Simple and quick! And since I’m posting this after I’ve already posted my “K” post, I can promise you the results were MUCH better!!


Art Activity: Eyedropper Art

For this activity you will need the following items: food coloring, several small containers, coffee filters, and eyedroppers.
  1. Fill the containers with water and put a few drops of food coloring into each container, making each container a different color.
  2. Flatten out your coffee filter as best you can.
  3. Have your child use the eyedropper to pick up a few drops of water and make a design on the coffee filter. The colors will spread some, and too much water can make a hole in the filter, so go easy! :)
  4. See if you can guess what colors will be made when the colors spread and run into other colors!
  5. Let the filters dry completely on either a cookie sheet or newspaper (the food coloring will stain if you aren’t careful!).

Fun Activity: Playdough

We had fun rolling out playdough and making our uppercase and lowercase “E’s” this way. Snakes are always fun!

Letter Sheet/Collage

Click on the thumbnail graphic to download the Letter Ee sheet.

Math: Estimating and Weighing

We used our scales this week (a HUGE hit) to estimate and weigh things. We started out with our counting bears and then used other things around the house to see how they weighed in comparison to the bears.

Verse: Proverbs 20:11

Even a child is known by his deeds. This week we talked about how people know what kind of a person we are by how we act. We’re using the book My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt as a devotional during the week.

Writing

Zachary has the basics of the uppercase E down…just a few problems in where those lines get put. Sometimes all up high. Sometimes all down low. But it’s an E! We’re using Peterson’s Handwriting this year (you can see my reviews in the sidebar for more info on this program).

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