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Introducing the Letter Y

Here are lots of good ideas from all over the place for introducing the letter Y. Most of these activities use the across-the-curriculum approach. These ideas are not just for preschoolers, but can be used remedially for any level, and for teaching students whose first language is not English.

Lesson Ideas & Activities:

Play Hide the Y. Cut a large, capital or lower case letter Y out of poster board or construction paper. Hide the letter somewhere, either in the open and slightly camouflaged or near an object that would begin with the letter Y. Let the child(ren) look for the letter. You can say getting warm as they get closer to finding the letter or you can clap faster or slower depending on how close they are to the letter.

Think of all the names that start with the letter Y: Yvette, Yolanda, Yancy, Yvonne, etc.

Pretend you are on a treasure hunt. Find things around the house that start with the letter Y that could be the treasure.

Create your own book. You could make a picture book by letting them cut pictures of things that start with Y out of magazines or they could draw their own pictures.

Go on a make believe trip to cities, countries or continents that begin with the letter Y. Some examples could be Yellandlapad (in India), Yellowstone National Park (in USA), Yemen, Yonkers (in New York, USA), Yoro (in Honduras), Yukon (in Canada), Yugoslavia, etc. You could find these on a globe or map, pretend to take an airplane trip there and then sample foods from that area or learn something new about that geographic area. This would be a great way to introduce geography and map skills. You could also watch a video or tv broadcast about that area. Check your local library for what's available.

The sign for the letter Y in the American Sign Language. Here is a helpful site:
American Sign Language
a printable page for ASL

Barbara Pratt has a page full of alphabet theme activities for each letter of the alphabet.

Make different kinds of homemade modeling clays and actually shape the letter Yy with it. Some of these "clays" are edible and add even more fun to this activity. Some examples are:
Marzipan Clay
Frosting Clay
Sand Clay
Cheese Clay
Chocolate Fudge Clay

Or, you could make letter shaped cookies or pretzels using any of the cookies dough that you normally bake or purchase from the grocery store.

Play a guessing game called "I'm Thinking of Something" using words that begin with the letter Y. You might use such words as yak, yard stick, yucky, etc.

Make yellow yarn pictures.

Have a Yellow Day!

Play with yo-yo's.

Learn about yaks.

Physical Education: practice some simple yoga exercises.

Physical Education: have a tug-of-war activity only call it a yanking exercise.

Sing the song "Yankee Doodle."

Have a yard cleaning day.

Contest: Who can yell the loudest? Or, Who can yell the softest?

Math: learn how long a year is.

Make homemade yogurt, or get plain yogurt and add sprinkles to it.

At this website there are so many activities that they are hard to keep track of. Mrs. Alphabet also has a newsletter that you can subscribe to. Mrs. Alphabet

Letter Yy
Yy Theme
Have a Yellow Day!
Yy heme from Pratt's Resources

Coloring Pages:


Prepared Lesson Plans:

Alphabet Quilt
Alphabet Theme
Teach-nology's Alphabet Theme
Animal Alphabet
Yummy ABC
Cozy Cottage
Preschool Alphabet Games
Yy Theme


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Snacks or Treats:

You can make snacks from edible doughs and clays (listed above) in the shape of an "y" and/or use cookie or pretzel dough to do the same thing.



Dr. Suess's A B C

Any book from the library on a Yy theme listed above would be a good addition.

Words: Check the ideas above for Yy words.


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