Letter C: Alphabet Activities for Kids
Fun Ways to Learn the Letter C!
Today's stop on the Alphabet Journey is with the Letter C!
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 C onto the C page of dividers. We did this first, and then added our projects as the day went on.
Construction Paper - As you will see, we used a LOT of this for letter C! For the projects that went into the binder, though, I cut the background pages down to
Paper Cutter - What I use to trim down the paper.
Letter Sorting: C is for Cars
For our letter sorting activity, I cut out Cars and little Circles with capital and lowercase Cs. Once cut out, I thought the capital and lowercase Cs were hard to differentiate, but my daughter actually didn't have a difficult time. We separated that letters first, however, this time, instead of doing it one-by-one.
Letter C: Caterpillar
I cut out the letter C in a few colors and assembled the head of the caterpillar ahead of time. Then we smeared the paper with a glue stick and I let my daughter assemble the caterpillar, providing an illustration as an example.
C Words of Encouragement
Cinnamon Toast Cs
I love Cinnamon Toast. My mom's been making it for me ever since I was little, and since cinnamon starts with "c" I made this as an early morning snack on C day.
First, toast the bread. Don't be afraid to over-toast it, because the butter will soften it. Immediately after pulling it from the toaster, butter the bread and sprinkle the melting butter with a cinnamon and sugar mixture. If you don't already have a cinnamon and sugar mixture, make it ahead of time by mixing about one part cinnamon with 4 parts granulated sugar.
I then used a C cookie cutter to cut pieces out of the cinnamon toast. I still ate all the extra pieces, though. Couldn't waste it, of course!
Letter C: Counting Colorful Cats
This was a fun activity I made for my daughter, that practiced not only the letter C, but also counting and color matching. She had a lot of fun with this, matching up the cat pieces, naming the colors, and counting them out. She was still requesting to play it days later.
Below are the links to the documents I created for this game. They're free. Just click on "download" from the "options" pull down menu.
One document just has the cats, so that you can print it out to cut out the cats without wasting ink on the words you only need on one sheet. They're created to fit 8.5x11 inch paper. I printed mine on construction paper that I cut down to that size.
Letter C: Corn Sensory Bin
My daughter loves sensory bins. What toddler doesn't? So for letter C day, we had a sensory bin made of Corn and filled with items that begin with the letter C.
I used yellow popping corn. The items include a small Car, toy Cat, plastic Chocolate Chip Cookie, Coins, Crayons, Candles and Clothespins. Some things still hidden from view include more Coins and tiny Cards from a deck of miniature playing cards.
Cheese Cracker Cs
Letter C: Cotton Clouds
This was a fun way to play with texture. I had cut a cloud shape out of blue construction paper and punched a hole in the top. An older child could cut out their own cloud shapes.
She covered the cloud with a layer from her glue stick and stuck on cotton balls.
Then I tied a string through the hole and we hung them in the living room before going outside for some cloud watching.
Letter C: Cloud Watching
My daughter loved this. She loved trying to repeat the names of the clouds that were on the paper and finding clouds in the sky. Luckily there were some clouds the day we did letter C. They were all cumulus, but that's okay. We spent a long time looking up at them and finding all the different shapes and objects in them. And ever since letter C day, she's always excited to point out the clouds!
Below is the image I created with photos of clouds from the NOAA website. It's free, too. Just click on "download" under the "options" pull down menu. It's made to be printed on an 8.5x11 inch paper.
Letter C: Chalk Tracing
And since we were outside anyway, looking at clouds, we took a few minutes to draw and trace some letter Cs on the driveway with Chalk.
Letter C: Cars under Cups
We played a cute and simple game of Cars under Cups. I took cups and toy cars we already had, and simply put two cars under the three cups and swirled them around on the floor, then asked her to remember which cups had the cars under them, then switched the cars to different cups. Obviously it's a little easier when you use different cups then identical ones, but it's still a good memory building activity.
Like the Cups? - They're 16 oz. plastic cups from Disney. Here are a few examples:
Letter C: Candy Cane Craft
We did Letter C day in December, so we did a few Christmas crafts, too. For this one, my daughter enjoyed a real candy cane while gluing down red cane shapes, which we then covered in glue so that she could stick on all the white pieces. The end result looks just like the Christmas treat!
Letter C: Chenille Candy Canes
I had a bunch of pipe cleaners (chenille sticks) lying around, so we took some red and white ones and she helped me twist them to resemble candy canes. They make great Christmas tree decorations!
Pipe Cleaners / Chenille Sticks
Letter C: Circle Christmas Tree
We did a Christmas Tree Craft, which was constructed almost entirely of circles. I had cut out ahead of time, by hand, a bunch of green circles. And I took some different colors of paper and used a single hole punch to punch out a ton of "ornaments." Both of these tasks are easier when you stack multiple sheets together while cutting.
For the activity, I drew a triangle on the paper to show the shape of a Christmas tree, which we covered with glue and then my daughter filled in with the green circles. Next, we stuck a gold star on top. Then I drizzled glue in a garland-like pattern across the tree and she sprinkled the tiny paper ornaments over the tree. We shook the paper a bit to make sure the glue got covered by paper, and then shook off the extras.
Letter C: Constellations
It took me awhile to punch out enough stars to make this project work, but it was worth it! It's simple in that it's just white stars on black paper, to represent the night sky, but it was a lot of fun to draw out the different shapes in glue and sprinkle the stars over top.
This is one we did with circles, squares, and triangles, but we also did one where we drew a heart and spelled out her name. My daughter really enjoyed that.
Great Letter C Books from Eric Carle - For some enjoyable story time on Letter C day!
Letter C: Crackers with Canned Cheese
I thought this would be a fun snack, and my daughter did enjoy helping me spray out the cheese, but she wasn't a big fan of the flavor. I pretty much ate them all.
It did occur to me later that I should have written the letter C on the crackers with the cheese. So that's an option. But maybe next time we'll just do good old fashioned Cheese and Crackers.
Cheddar Cheese in a Can
Letter C: Chocolate Chip Cookies
I love chocolate chip cookies. Love them. So they make fairly common appearances in our household. It just seemed right to incorporate them into Letter C day!
But to make them a little extra special, I melted some chocolate chips in a little baggy, and drew letter Cs on some wax paper. Give them a bit of time to dry and harden, then put them in a little container or plastic bag until ready to use.
Bake the cookies, and when you pull them out of the oven, place the chocolate Cs on the top of the cookies and very gently press. The chocolate will melt slightly, which will secure them to the cookies.
Below is my recipe, also found here.
Serves: makes 30 cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup butter that is softened but not melted
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 360Â°F. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon (optional) in a small bowl. Beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl, either by hand or with a mixer, until smooth. Add egg, beating well. Gradually blend in flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges. Let stand on the cookie sheets 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.
Letter C: Chili Con Carne
I felt this was the perfect Letter C dinner! Just make your favorite Chili and find some cool letter C items to add. Maybe you'd like to slice up Chilies or Chives to put on top? Maybe you'd prefer Chicken Chili? The possibilities are endless!
(Just remember to adjust the seasoning for your toddler ... my kids love spice, but yours may not!)
Letter C: Carrot Cake Cupcakes
My daughter loves Carrot Cake. Mostly because of the Cream Cheese icing, but, honestly, that's my favorite part, too! Anyway, I didn't post a recipe because we just used a box cake mix and canned icing.
For the decorations, I scooped a couple spoonfuls of the icing into two bowls, added orange food color to one and green to the other. Then I put the orange icing in a small baggy with the tip sniped off, and drew a shape somewhat resembling a carrot. Then I repeated this with the green icing to make a leaf for the top of the carrot.
More C Foods
Letter C Collage
Some of the objects in our Letter C Collage include Cars, Cameras, Cherries, Chocolate, Cereal, Cats, a Cat with a Computer, Candles, a Cake with Candles, babies dressed up as Cupcakes, and a Chair.
Letter C Printables
As with the last activity day we had, my daughter was too excited about learning the letter to sit still long enough to color. So I just helped her hold her hand steady while she practiced tracing the Cs on all the different worksheets, and while we talked about the letter and all of the objects that began with it.
Pictured are a few of the worksheets we did. Below are links to the free printables.
Free Worksheets and Coloring Pages for the Letter C
- C is for Cat
Animal alphabet coloring pages.
- C is for Corythosaurus
Coloring Pages and handwriting practice of dinosaurs and extinct animals.
- C is for Cross
Bible imagery coloring pages and handwriting practice.
- Letter C Activities
Word Searches, Mazes, Tracing Worksheets and more.
- Letter C Worksheets
Handwriting Practice, Coloring Pages, Poems, Crafts and more.
- Letter C Activities
Letter Matching, Handwriting Practice, Coloring Pages, Flashcards and more.
- Letter C Phonics Activities
Coloring Pages, Flashcards, Booklets, Rhyming Words and more.
- C is for Cat
Alphabet coloring pages.
- C is for Cowboy
Professions coloring pages.
- Sign Language Letter C
Coloring pages of hands making sign language letters.
- C is for Car, Caterpillar, Cherries and more
Coloring pages for various items that start with the letter C.
- C is for Car
Letter Tracing Page