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Preschool Activities - Learning the Letter X

written by: Sonal Panse • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 3/2/2012

This article takes a look at some preschool activities you can do with your class to teach about the letter X. There's plenty to do! Use these games and crafts to keep learning fun.

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    The letter X is an interesting one. It is the 24th letter in the Latin alphabet, and has Greek and probably Etruscan origins. Teaching the letter X to preschool children can be a fun and easy. It is an easy letter to master. Just cross two lines and you have an X.

    Materials

    • Pencil
    • Markers
    • Colored Paper
    • Glue
    • Drawing paper
    • Scissors
    • Play clay
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    Activity Ideas

    There are many preschool activities for letter X that you and your preschooler can do together. Here are a few ideas to try at home or in the classroom:

    1. At the beginning, show your preschooler what the letter X looks like in the uppercase and the lowercase, and what it sounds like.
    2. Write the letter X in pencil and have the preschooler trace over it with a marker.
    3. Make a paper letter X by cutting strips of colored paper and pasting one crossed over the other on a white drawing sheet.
    4. Have the children cut out letter Xs from colored paper and make a collage.
    5. Take two sticks and place them one over the other to form an X and tie them together that way.
    6. Collect colored pebbles and have your preschooler place them in an X shape in the garden.
    7. Have the children draw a block letter X and decorate and color the insides with their own design.
    8. Ask the children what happens if you join all the sides of the letter X. You get a square or a rectangle.
    9. Show your preschooler how to turn the letter X into a butterfly and let the preschooler color it as they want.
    10. Show your preschooler how to make a little stick figures out of the letter X. You can add a head in the upper V of the X, and add hands and feet.
    11. Let the preschoolers roll out some play clay and form the letter X from that.
    12. Make a list of words that begin with an X (Xylophone, X-ray, Xerxes, Xavier, Xerox)
    13. Make a list of words that end with an X (Tyrannosaurus Rex, Box, Fox, Ox, Beatrix, Mailbox, Six, Wax)
    14. Make a list of words that have an X (Excellent, Extreme, Extra)
    15. Show the preschoolers a picture chart of objects starting with, ending with or having the letter X.
    16. Do any of the preschoolers have an X in their names or surnames? You can use those as examples too.
    17. Show the preschoolers a xylophone and let them have fun making their own music. You can also make your own xylophone by filling a number of glasses with different levels of water and tapping the glass rims with a spoon to produce different musical sounds.
    18. Show the preschooler how a xerox machine works.
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    Have fun with these preschool activities for letter X, and you will make the time spent with your preschooler "extra" special!