Working through preschool with a letter a week routine is fun. Plain and simple! My kids enjoy it, I enjoy it, no pressure, all about exposure. If you are looking for fun preschool activities for the letter M, this post is for you!
In this post we will go over the following letter M activities:
- Letter M worksheets for preschool
- Letter M crafts for preschool
- Letter M books for preschool
Honestly, these are all great for kindergarten or toddlers as well. As I said above, exposure is the goal here, not necessarily mastery. The more kids are hands-on with reading, the more readily they learn.
This is true with all school. As concrete thinkers as well as visual learners, textbooks are a great learning tool for my older boys, but nothing beats exposure to the world around them. It is no secret that this is true for all ages.
With all of this in mind, I have put together some fun ways for your preschooler to learn the letter M!
Activities for the Letter M
What comes to mind when you think of the letter M? The moon? Macaroni and cheese? A monkey munching on a banana or a mouse nibbling a cookie? Here are a few more ideas to focus on this week while studying the letter M with your preschooler.
- Money- this is a great time to learn pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. You can have them sort the coins or practice counting them. As a great fine motor activity have them put coins into the slot of a piggy bank.
- Macaroni and cheese- a great lunch for you to make together
- Monkey in the Middle- keep those little ones moving!
- Mirror- What causes reflections? Can you make a happy face? Sad face? A great way to talk about emotions.
- Maps- A simple map of the classroom is a great way to introduce this topic
- Mold- a great way to tie in a science activity
- Marble run- get those engineer wheels turning
Letter M Worksheets
I have mixed feelings about worksheets. Don’t you? I mean, most kids this age are all about movement and sitting still is a challenge. On the other hand, learning to sit still is important and worksheets offer valuable skill practice.
I find that it is best to mix these letter M worksheets in during periods of “quiet time” when I am busy with the other kids or when they need to be quiet. I print all of the worksheets out (for the entire alphabet) and keep them in a binder. After a few months, the kids enjoy going back and looking at all of their hard work.
Letter M worksheets provide practice in tracing, coloring, counting, and many other skills that are necessary as our children grow and advance to kindergarten and first grade. And, as I said above, it is great for those times when they need to be quiet.
Letter M Crafts
Marble painting- You can find directions in this post on spring art ideas for preschoolers, but basically, you put a piece of paper into a baking dish with sides, dribble some paint onto the paper, and then roll marbles around. It creates a fun, abstract design.
Mouse handprint craft by Simple Everyday Mom is an easy and absolutely adorable craft for the letter M. It’s as simple as tracing your child’s hand, gluing ears and eyes on (she has a template but I think googly eyes would be fun), and using pipe cleaner for whiskers.
Letter M Mountain by No Time for Flashcards is another one of our favorite letter M crafts. It takes the letter M and turns it into a mountain. Not only does it reinforce the sound of letter M but opens up a wonderful learning opportunity about mountains.
Letter M Books
We all know the importance of reading to our kids. Exposure to words, thoughts, imaginative ideas and illustrations prepare them for a life long love of books as well as prepare them for life. These letter M books will have your preschoolers begging for more. Just one more book!
Before I give you the list, I must admit, that not all books are created equal. I have suffered through some really awful books- poorly written, bad topics. I encourage you to seek out high quality books as well as books that YOU will enjoy reading.
This is also a great time to bond with your preschooler. Snuggling on the couch together or outside in the sunshine on a porch swing will meet your child’s needs in more than just the educational aspect.
- The Night Before Mother’s Day by Natasha Wing
- Oh Bother! Someone’s Messy! By Betty Birney
- If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff
- Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman
- The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
- The Mitten by Jan Brett
- Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
Other Preschool Activities for the Letter M
Ok, so we have covered letter M worksheets, letter M crafts, and letter M books, let’s talk about one last preschool activity for the letter M. Cooking!
There are countless skills that come into play in the kitchen. Measuring, mixing, following directions, are just a few. Not only does making snacks in the kitchen with you give your child a positive outlook on healthy food, but they are also learning without even knowing it and fine motor skills are in full swing.
What treats can be made for the letter M?
Monkey snacks- help your child slice bananas or make the Ultimate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie by the Minimalist Baker.
Make milk your focus! Have you ever had milk cake or made your own ice cream? Taste of Home has a fun article entitled 32 Ways to Use Up a Gallon of Milk and it has great recipes with milk as its focus.
Maple syrup is another great idea. One of our favorite treats in the winter is to fill a bowl with fresh snow and drizzle maple syrup over it. If you are not in a northern climate or the winter season, try baking these Maple Syrup Bars by Simply Stacy.
How are you feeling about preschool activities for the letter M now? Are you armed with ideas now for a fun filled week? Let me know how it goes in the comments below!
Be sure to check out the other preschool letter activities in the series!