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Letter B: Alphabet Activities for Kids
Fun Ways to Learn the Letter B!
Today's stop on the Alphabet Journey is with the Letter B!
All crafts, activities and recipes will be centered around letter recognition in a way that makes letter learning fun and interactive.
Also included are fun videos focused on the individual letter and links to free worksheets and coloring pages!
Alphabet Food and Snacks
These foods are a fun way to incorporate letters into any Alphabet Activity Day! You could serve them the way they are, and make a game of finding the letter you're focusing on. Or you could be all OCD like me, and actually separate out all the As, Bs, and Cs, etc., put them in little baggies and only serve one letter at a time, to help strengthen recognition.
Alphabet Activities Binder
To help keep all of our projects and worksheets together in one place, I purchased a Binder to put everything in, separated by letter.
This is my daughter pasting a construction paper B onto the B page of dividers. We did this first, and then added our projects as the day went on.
Construction Paper - We use a lot of this for our activities!
Letter Sorting: B is for Beach Ball
I made Beach Balls to sort our uppercase and lowercase Bs. I simply cut two circles, one yellow, one orange, and cut each into 6 slices. Then I glued them down in alternating shades to make the Ball.
I printed some Bs on blue construction paper and cut them out to resemble water drops.
My daughter picked the "drops" out one by one, decided which went on the uppercase Ball and which on the lowercase one, and put down drops of glue where she wanted them, and stuck on the "drops."
Once dry, it went in our Binder!
Letter B: Bubble Paintings
This was a pretty simple project, but really enjoyable. My daughter loves bubbles, so I bought some cheap Bubbles and added food coloring to them.
I first poured out a little of the Bubble solution, then added in 15 or 20 drops of liquid food coloring, stirring it with the included Bubble wand.
We went outside and put some white paper on the driveway. The grass would have worked, too, but I wasn't worried about the concrete. Any stray food coloring will wash out in the next rain. It will, however, stain clothing, so wear something old.
Anyway, we leaned close over the paper and Blew the Bubbles onto it. When they popped, they left Behind cool patterned circles of color. You can also see a few dark spots where it dripped from the wand.
B Words of Encouragement
Letter B: Collage
I had found many images in old magazines and catalogs for the letter B. We had so many, that we actually made two collages. One on the front of the construction paper and one on the Back.
Our B images include: Bison, Babies, Baseballs, Butterflies, Bears, Bird, Boxes, Bikes, Bed, Bowls, Balls, Bowling, Bubbles, Bananas, Brownies, Blueberries, Berries, Bread with Butter, Beans, Bacon, Bridge, Boat, Baskets, Brushes, and a Baby dressed as a Butterfly.
Letter B: Bear and Bison Puppets
I found some printable finger puppets, and picked out two animals that started with the letter B: Black Bear and Bison.
I had cut out the animals ahead of time (since there were other animals on the printable that didn't start with B), and let my daughter color them.
Then we taped up the finger loop so she could play with them. But she was more interested in using her new purple glue sticks then playing with the puppets, so I cut off the loops and let her glue them on some construction paper.
B is for Baking!
Letter B: Blueberry Muffins
We Baked Blueberry muffins for Breakfast. There's no recipe for this, however, as we used a Bag mix.
We made mini muffins Because I think they're more fun than the larger ones.
By the end of Breakfast, each little muffin had had its top Bitten off. :)
Letter B: Banana Bread
Bananas and chocolate are a heavenly combination! I spent some time browsing recipes before finding some tips I liked. I didn't want anything complicated, and it doesn't get much easier then this. No mixer needed - just a Bowl and a spoon. My kind of cooking!
Below is the printable recipe.
I was looking for a moist, flavorful bread, and combined a few recipes to come up with this. I'm a fan of chocolate, so I love having it in every bite, but you could easily reduce the chocolate chips by half, or even substitute them with some chopped walnuts.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 1 hour
- Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
- Yields: Makes 1 Loaf
- 3 large ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350Â°F (175Â°C). In a large bowl, smash the bananas with a fork until mostly smooth. Mix the butter into the banana. Next, mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the baking soda and salt. Add in the flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until well mixed. Then stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into a prepared 5x9 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool for 5 minutes in pan, then remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Slice to serve.
Letter B: Bowling
We did some Blue Bowling, using an outdoor Ball we already had and some water Bottles.
I took a few empty water Bottles and added a tablespoon or so of Blue tempura paint and just a tiny drop of water. I put on the lid and swirled and shook the paint around. Let it dry with the lid off.
Then set up the "pins" and have at 'em!
Letter B: Chalk Tracing
Since my daughter loves playing outside so much, chalk drawing is a great activity for us.
I drew some large Bs and she traced and colored them in.
Letter B: Blue Butterflies with Broccoli
Pretty much since she could talk, but daughter has been calling farfalle, or Bowtie pasta, "Butterflies."
So, for letter B day, we made some Butterflies for dinner, dyeing them Blue with some liquid food coloring added to the cooking water. Add the color when you add the noodles. The more you add, the darker they'll be. Give them a quick rinse when you drain them, to wash off any extra color.
I made a Butter and Parmesan sauce, and threw in some cooked and seasoned Broccoli. A Bee-utiful supper.
Letter B: Banana Split
And what would be a Better dessert for B day then a classic Banana split?
You can't really see it, but there are three flavors of ice cream over the Banana slices: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
I bought some whipped cream in a can, because I thought it'd be fun. In hindsight, I would have drawn a letter B with it.
Add some chocolate syrup (or fudge), sprinkles, a cherry on top, and enjoy!
More Food Ideas for the Letter B
Bread with Butter
Brown Butter Cupcakes
Letter B: Printables
We did many, many coloring sheets and handwriting worksheets, though mostly because my daughter wasn't nearly as interested in coloring in the pictures as she was in tracing the letters.
And no, my two-and-a-half-year-old can't trace them by herself (at least not very well), but she enjoys trying. Especially if I help her hold her hand steady while she draws.
Below are links to free printables.
Free Worksheets and Coloring Pages for the Letter B
- B is for Butterfly
Color the Alphabet: B is for Butterfly
- B is for Brachiosaurus
Coloring Pages and Handwriting Worksheets for Dinosaurs and Extinct Animals, including the Brachiosaurus
- B is for Bible
Coloring Pages and Handwriting Worksheets for Bible images
- Letter B Activities
Dot-to-Dots, Coloring Pages, Mazes and More
- Letter B Worksheets
Coloring Pages, Songs, Games, Handwriting Practice, Phonics and More
- Letter B Activities
Coloring Pages, Letter to Word Matching, Phonics and More
- Letter B Activities
Coloring Pages, Word Searches, Flash Cards and More
- B is for Bee
Cute illustrations for each letter of the alphabet
- B is for Beach
Fun illustrations for each letter of the alphabet
- Sign Language: Letter B
Illustrations of hand symbols for sign language for each letter of the alphabet