Preschool crafts stimulate creativity, build fine motor skills and review the lesson. Some can become great keepsakes, or just add a little decorative touch to the room. If you are looking for crafts for letter J lesson plans, these suggestions might help you. These crafts are great for preschool, kindergarten, mother’s day out and head start programs.
1. Jellyfish craft
This craft might be best for smaller groups. Kids will need some extra adult help. You will need coffee filters, yarn or string, styrofoam or plastic cups, markers or crayons, white party streamers, and tape or glue. You can also use glitter if desired.
Allow the children to color and decorate the coffee filter, which will be the top part of the jellyfish. (Yes, this craft isn’t exactly a perfect match, as jellyfish are clear, but it allows for creativity.) Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup and turn it upside down. Lay a coffee filter upset down over the cup, so that the cup is hidden. Poke another hole in the coffee filter and thread string through both holes. Tie a knot in the yarn/string and tape it if necessary. Then tape streamers to the end of the cup and coffee filter. The streamers will be the tentacles of the jellyfish. Encourage children to color those as well.
These crafts look great hanging from the ceiling. They can be used for an oceans lesson plan, as well as a lesson plan on the letter J.
2. Jaguar magnet
The easiest way to do this craft is to print off jaguar coloring pages from online. Shrink the picture if necessary. Show the students a picture of a jaguar and encourage them to decorate it. Stick a magnet on the back and voila – you’ve got a great craft. For best results, print off the jaguar pictures on card stock paper.
3. Juice box dolls
A third craft is to make a juice box doll. You can find numerous ways to make this by searching online. One way is to cover the juice box with construction paper. Then allow the children to draw a face. They can then glue on yarn for the doll’s hair. You can attach straws or pipe cleaners for the arms and legs. The downside of this craft is that you will need to collect juice boxes, however this might be achieved in just a few days of lunches.
4. Jelly bean mosaic
This fun craft will definitely allow your children to express their creativity. You will need paper plates or card stock paper, glue and jelly beans. Allow the students to arrange the beans to form patterns. For kindergarten students, you might encourage them to make the letter J with the jelly beans. Try to show the children pictures of real mosaics before they make them.
5. Letter magnet
You can never go wrong with a letter J magnet. You can simply print off a letter J for the kids to color, decorate and personalize. Older kids may be able to cut the letter out. If funds allow, you can purchase wooden letter J crafts from a local craft store such as Hobby Lobby.
Another idea is for the kids to make jewelry as a letter J craft. Bracelets are very easy to make if you can find beads with large holes. You can also use dyed macaroni for macaroni necklaces. These aren’t exactly the prettiest pieces of jewelry but they are cute and memorable.
These are just a handful of letter J ideas for preschool or kindergarten lesson plans. For more preschool ideas, please “Preschool Circle Time Ideas for the Letter S” and “10 Circle Time Activities for the Letter B.” Also, check out “Preschool Circle Time Ideas About Flowers.” Happy Teaching!