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Letter J: Alphabet Activities for Kids

Updated on July 12, 2013

Fun With Letter J!

This week's letter was the letter J! All of the crafts, activities, and foods we made were all centered around letter recognition for the letter J.

We jumped and juggled, we did paper crafts with jack o' lanterns and jellyfish, and we did worksheets about juice, jelly beans, and jesters. There was also a Jell-o sensory bin full of letter J toys!

Plus, I've included links to tons of free printables, and a bunch of videos to help your Little One learn the letter J!

Alphabet Food and Snacks - Fun ways to incorporate the letter J into mealtime! Serve them all and let your kids find the J, or separate them out ahead of time.

alphabet activities for kids letter j
alphabet activities for kids letter j

Alphabet Activities Binder

alphabet activities for kids binder
alphabet activities for kids binder

At the beginning of Letter J Day, my daughter pastes the J into her alphabet activities binder that will hold her crafts and worksheets.

J is for Jelly Toast

alphabet activities for kids j is for jelly toasts
alphabet activities for kids j is for jelly toasts

For some fun breakfast toast, I used a candy cane cookie cutter (which was larger than my letter J) to cut some Js from the toast, and then topped with a little butter and jelly.

Letter Sorting: J is for Jack o' Lanterns

alphabet activities for kids letter sorting j is for jack o lanterns
alphabet activities for kids letter sorting j is for jack o lanterns

For our letter sorting activity, I cut out two jack o' lanterns, and my daughter pasted the uppercase Js onto one and the lowercase Js onto the other.

J is for Jellyfish

alphabet activities for kids j is for jellyfish
alphabet activities for kids j is for jellyfish

I pre-cut a jellyfish body and gave my daughter a bunch of J shapes to attach for his legs. And googly eyes, of course!

J is for Jolly Jesters Juggling

alphabet activities for kids j is for jolly jesters juggling
alphabet activities for kids j is for jolly jesters juggling

About the time I printed this was when I remembered that we needed to change the printer cartridges, so the colors don't look right here. Anyway, it's a dot marker worksheet, but you could also use it for Q-tip painting or add round stickers instead.

The worksheet is free. To download, click on the image link below, then click on "download" under media options.

J is for Jelly Bean Counting

alphabet activities for kids j is for jelly bean color counting
alphabet activities for kids j is for jelly bean color counting

This activity focuses on color and counting, plus the addition of the letter J. I had to make sure we had enough of each color, since a few got eaten before she finished this worksheet!

The worksheet is free. To download, click on the image link below, then click on "download" under media options.

J is for Jelly Beans

alphabet activities for kids j is for jelly beans
alphabet activities for kids j is for jelly beans

For this activity, we first filled the giant J with real jelly beans. Then she filled it with glue and sprinkled over some paper jelly beans. And ate the real jelly beans.

The worksheet is free. To download, click on the image link below, then click on "download" under media options.

J is for Juice

alphabet activities for kids j is for juice
alphabet activities for kids j is for juice

My daughter was so excited about having another worksheet to do, that she started drawing lines before even looking at where she was drawing them. So there are a few re-dos.

The worksheet is free. To download, click on the image link below, then click on "download" under media options.

Letter J Cookies

Letter J Cookies
Letter J Cookies

Letter J Words of Encouragement

Jolly

Jazzy

Jammin'

Jovial

Joyous

J is for Jump

alphabet activities for kids j is for jumping
alphabet activities for kids j is for jumping

This activity was easy but fun! We took some chalk and I drew a bunch of letter Js over the driveway. My daughter then jumped from one to another. Or jumped over them. Either way.

And the 16-month-old walked back and forth across the Js, giggling.

J is for Juggling - We watched this cute video of a very talented young boy juggling and then tried our hands at "juggling" some balls from the ball pit.

J is for Jonah and Josh - Add some fun Veggie Tales to Letter J Day! If you haven't heard of Veggie Tales: buy or rent these. Because they're awesome.

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

This vegetable retelling of Jonah and the Whale is a full-length movie. Includes the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.

 
Josh and the Big Wall
Josh and the Big Wall

This is the very first Veggie Tales video I ever saw, which was in high school for me since they came out when I was a little older. I remember thinking, "we're gonna watch a cartoon??" Yeah - laughed through the whole thing and I've been hooked ever since!

 

For my fellow Star Wars fans, I found a neat game that my daughter and I played on Letter J Day, mostly because it's called Jawa Junkyard. The game includes matching droid parts and they only give you 3 seconds to memorize it, so my daughter needed help with that one, but there's also a part where you can create your own droids at your leisure, which you can then print or share online.

J is for Jamaican Jerk Chicken

alphabet activities for kids j is for jamacian jerk chicken
alphabet activities for kids j is for jamacian jerk chicken

I found some great from scratch recipes online, but my 16-month was sick and my 3-year-old and I were in the process of getting sick, so I didn't feel like making anything that included the words "from scratch."

Instead, I marinated some boneless, skinless chicken thighs in some store-bought Jamaican Jerk Marinade that I found at Walmart. We paired it with some white rice topped by black bean soup that was, also, store-bought.

At the very least, my daughter was able to find the Js on the bottle, which made me feel (a little) better about using something processed. And, actually, it tasted pretty good.

Letter J Snack of Cheese & Salami

Letter J Snack of Cheese & Salami
Letter J Snack of Cheese & Salami

Letter J Foods

Juice

Jam

Jelly

Jell-o

Jelly Beans

Jalapeno

Jambalaya

Jicama

Jerky

J is for Jell-o Sensory Bin - With Jets, Jacks, and Jewels.

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Our Jell-o sensory bin included plastic Jets and Jacks from the dollar store party favor section, and some crafting Jewels.  I used two big boxes of strawberry Jell-o and had to keep it in the fridge for a few hours to firm up.The Jell-o comes right off of the toys with a little water.A Jack from the Jell-o sensory bin.Digging in!After finding all the toys, my daughter pushed them all back into the Jell-o so she could find them again.
Our Jell-o sensory bin included plastic Jets and Jacks from the dollar store party favor section, and some crafting Jewels.  I used two big boxes of strawberry Jell-o and had to keep it in the fridge for a few hours to firm up.
Our Jell-o sensory bin included plastic Jets and Jacks from the dollar store party favor section, and some crafting Jewels. I used two big boxes of strawberry Jell-o and had to keep it in the fridge for a few hours to firm up.
The Jell-o comes right off of the toys with a little water.
The Jell-o comes right off of the toys with a little water.
A Jack from the Jell-o sensory bin.
A Jack from the Jell-o sensory bin.
Digging in!
Digging in!
After finding all the toys, my daughter pushed them all back into the Jell-o so she could find them again.
After finding all the toys, my daughter pushed them all back into the Jell-o so she could find them again.

Letter J Collage

alphabet activities for kids letter j collage
alphabet activities for kids letter j collage

Our Letter J Collage included jewelry, jumping, juice, jump rope, and a few letter Js.

Letter J Printables

alphabet activities for kids letter j free printables
alphabet activities for kids letter j free printables

Videos for the Letter J - Some J songs and pictures, plus plenty of Sesame Street clips, along with the StoryBots and Olive and the Rhyme Rescue Crew!

Which Was Your Favorite Activity?

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Leave a Note! - Let us know what you think! What kinds of activities have you done with your children?

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      AISHA FOSTER 6 months ago

      I love your activities.

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      Becka 16 months ago

      There is no link for the counting jelly beans?

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      Whitney 3 years ago

      Where is the link for the counting jelly beans worksheet? You say it is below, yet it is nowhere to be found.

      Thanks.

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