Craft Ideas for Teaching the Letter P

Fun Letter P Crafts For Kindergarten

Teach your kids about the letter p with these fun crafts! Perfect for toddler, preschool, pre k, and kindergarten age kids. They will love making pigs, parrots, puzzles, and parachutes.

They can also work on their fine motor skills by painting with pom-poms or doing a tape resist art activity!

1. Paper Plate Penguins

If you need a fun winter craft for the kids, try this paper plate penguin. It’s quick and easy to make and will keep them busy for a while! Plus, it’s so cute. You can pair it with a penguin life cycle worksheet and learn about these adorable animals.

To get started, paint a paper plate black and let it dry. Next, trace a beak shape on orange construction or card stock and two flippers on black paper. Cut out the shapes and glue them to the center of the plate. Finally, add googly eyes and a pipe cleaner for its feet.

You can also punch holes on either side of the flippers and string a long strand of yarn through them. This is a great fine motor activity and helps strengthen your children’s fingers. If you want to display this craft, simply punch a hole in the top and strand ribbon through to hang it up.

2. Pom-Pom Painting

Pom-pom painting is a simple fine motor activity that is fun and engaging for preschoolers. It is also a great way for children to practice pinching objects which will prepare them for higher level fine motor skills like coloring with crayons and writing with pencils.

To begin, attach a pom-pom to the end of a clothespin. Use tape to secure it in place. Next, dip a pom-pom into paint and stamp it onto paper. Encourage children to use a variety of colors and create patterns. This will help build color recognition and appreciation, along with independence and decision making.

As an added benefit, this is a great alternative to finger painting for kids who are extremely sensitive or tactile defensive to getting messy. Plus, using a clothespin helps them develop the ability to cross their midline as they reach across to dip and paint – this is an important motor skill that will aid in hand dominance development.

3. Paper Plate Pirates

Pirates have always been a popular theme in children’s crafts, books and movies. They are known for their scheming and heist-like activities. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated on 19 September. It’s a great opportunity to teach kids about pirate history and culture.

Use a paper plate to make this simple yet fun pirate craft. Start by painting the plate brown. Then let it dry. Once the plate is dry, print and cut out the pirate boat template provided above. Trace it onto a piece of black cardstock paper, and cut it out again. Out of the remaining white cardstock paper, cut out a pirate’s hat, two eye details and a skull.

Glue the hat, eyes and skull to the plate. Take red ricrac/ribbon and cut a few inches long. Glue it to the top portion of the plate (pirate’s bandana). Lastly, draw an arc to divide the paper plate into two parts. Add skin-tone paint for the face.

4. Pasta Painting

This pasta art for kids can be messy, but it’s also a lot of fun. Children can dunk various types of cooked and uncooked pasta into paint to create beautiful art. We used lasagne sheets to make this painting but spaghetti would work too. You could even use a plastic fork to twirl pieces of spaghetti to create art!

We like to add a few drops of food coloring to our pasta before we start painting. This way, preschoolers can explore colors without the need for a paintbrush.

When we’re done with our painting, we like to re-use the pasta by gluing it to paper to make colorful pictures. This is a great activity for kindergarteners to learn how to make symmetrical designs!

Dyed pasta makes a quick, easy, and affordable play resource that can be stored in a zip-lock bag for long term play. It’s perfect for when you’re short on time and just need something that will occupy your kids for a few minutes!

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