Crafts and activities help reinforce learning and allow students to express creativity. Here are a few lesson plan ideas for the letter V. These are great for kindergarten and preschool. Toddlers as young as two might even enjoy these.
One common letter V craft is a vase. This is an especially nice idea around Mother’s Day, Valentine’s, or Christmas. If you have the time, save empty glass bottles (such as hot sauce bottles with a wide rim) throughout the year. If not, you can order bottles online from sites such as eBay for less than a dollar a piece. Also, visit the local dollar store or Hobby Lobby to see if you can find some good deals.
The children will decorate these vases with glass paint. For tips on using glass paint with kids, please read “Easy Glass Painting Technique” and “A Lesson in Glass Painting.”
You can also create vases using empty toilet paper rolls. Tape or glue a piece of card stock to the bottom of the roll. (You will never to bend it over the edges.) Then allow the children to paint the vases, and decorate with stickers and pom-poms. You can also paint and decorate popsicle sticks, then surround the roll with them. (This is better for kindergarteners.)
For an added touch, fill the vases with fake flowers. These can be created with pipe cleaners or paper mache. Read these articles here for ideas.
Another craft idea for letter V lesson plans is a vehicle magnet. Print off various car and vehicle coloring pages from online. Copy them onto cardstock paper. (You might need to shrink them.) Each child will then cut them out, color or paint the vehicles, and then glue a magnet on back. This is a great time to talk about the different kinds of vehicles.
This letter V lesson plan idea provides a great time to discuss nutrition! Have the children cut out different pictures of vegetables from magazines. (You also might need to print off some pictures online.) Then they can glue the vegetable pictures to construction paper. Write “V is for Vegetable!” on every paper. If budget allows, glue a magnet on the back so they might hang it on the fridge.
Sure, you could try to create a three dimensional volcano with your students. But, that might be one big disaster. A better idea is to make a volcano mosaic. Since this requires good hand/eye coordination, it is ideal for kindergarten students.
Before the craft, you will need to cut small pieces of brown, orange, red, green, and white construction paper. (This is for the mosaic pieces.)
Begin by showing the children a picture of a volcano. Then have them glue the pieces to form a mosaic of a volcano. The red and orange can be lava, brown can be the volcano, white can be clouds, and green can be grass.
Letter V Magnet
A simple but fun craft for preschoolers and toddlers is a Letter V magnet. You can create your own using card stock (print a V off), or purchase wooden letters from craft stores. Encourage the children to decorate them using crayons, markers, stickers and pom-poms. These craft could last for years on the child’s fridge.
These are just a few craft ideas for letter V lesson plans. For more suggestions, please read “Letter W Crafts for Preschool and Toddlers”. For more advice, browse “15 Fun Ways to Teach Your Child the Letters of the Alphabet.”
Some other helpful articles are “Preschool Circle Time Ideas and Activities to Do Everyday” and “Free Preschool / Toddler Lesson Plan Ideas for Sense of Touch.” Happy Teaching!