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Letter D: Alphabet Activities for Kids
Fun Ways to Learn the Letter D!
Today's stop on the Alphabet Journey is with the Letter D!
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
As always, our day started with my daughter gluing the letter of the day into her alphabet activity binder - the one we would fill with crafts from the day!
Letter Sorting: D is for Dolphins
For sorting out capitol and lowercase Ds, I cut out two dolphins by hand (referencing one of the free coloring pages I'd printed) on purple construction paper and printed the Ds on green paper. We smeared the glue sticks over the dolphins so that she could just stick them on the correct dolphin as she pulled them out of the pile.
D is for Dragons
My daughter loves dragons, but you could easily substitute another animal, such as a dog or dinosaur if that's what your child would prefer.
So for this activity, I pre-cut a capital and lowercase D, 2 dragon heads, 2 wings, 2 tails, and 2 fire breaths. I also pulled out two googly eyes. After gluing down the Ds, I let her attach the pieces of the dragons wherever she saw fit, with the intention that both letters would resemble D-shaped dragons.
D is for Daisies
I cut out the pieces of the flower ahead of time (stems, leaves, petals, etc.). I glued down the stems to get her started, but let her pick where all the other pieces went.
D Words of Encouragement
Dulce De Leche Doughnuts
For as adorable as these doughnuts turned out, they weren't one of my best moments. Mainly, it's because we made them before my coffee kicked in and I made mistakes with the yeast. Completely killed the first packet, and still made the second packet too hot.
So the dough and doughnuts never really rose. More biscuits then doughnuts in the end, but still tasty nonetheless. And the Dulce de Leche (caramel) was pretty awesome, too.
Anyway, as long as you test with a thermometer that the milk you will add the yeast to is between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. And sprinkle in about a teaspoon of the sugar as well, to feed the yeast. It should foam thickly and smell quite "yeast-y" when it's ready to use.
Once risen, roll out the dough (you can roll it a little thicker than I did), and cut it out in your desired shape. You could cut out traditional doughnuts, of course, but we cut out little letter Ds.
After they were cooked, I dipped them in the caramel we made, which I didn't let my daughter touch as it was VERY hot, although she was more than able to add the sprinkles.
The caramel was surprisingly easy to make. Just pour the can of sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated) into a very large bowl (so it doesn't boil over) and microwave it at half power for two minutes at a time. Whisk it between each two-minute segment of cooking and continue this until it has a curdled appearance. This takes about 10 to 14 minutes of cooking time, depending on your microwave.
Just be careful you don't burn yourself. You'll need to dip the doughnuts in the caramel before it gets too cool, so if you get it on your skin, just dunk your hand in ice water or run it under the faucet right away.
The caramel never completely hardens; it'll always be a little sticky, so when you store it, separate the layers with parchment or waxed paper.
Oh, and the sprinkles aren't necessary, but I thought them were charming! My daughter loves sprinkles, anyway, so she enjoyed the colorful touch.
- 3/4 cups warm milk (100 to 110 F)
- 1 (.25 ounce) packet active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp. softened unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
- In a small bowl, warm 1/4 cup of the milk to between 100 and 110 degrees F. Sprinkle the yeast and about a teaspoon of the sugar over the milk and let sit for 10 minutes until foamy.
- Combine the remaining milk and sugar with the butter. Stir in the egg. Add the flour and salt and stir until a dough forms. Then knead by hand on a floured surface or in a mixer with a dough hook for 5 minutes. Place dough in a large, greased bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour until doubled in size.
- Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface to about a 1/2 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie, doughnut or biscuit cutters. Re-rolling the dough may cause it to become tough.
- Bake doughnuts on parchment paper at 375 F for 7 to 8 minutes. Let them cool.
- Meanwhile, pour the sweetened condensed milk into a very large microwave-safe bowl. Cook it for 2 minutes at half power and then whisk. Continue cooking for 2 minutes at a time and whisking in between until the milk reaches a rough, curdled appearance (don't worry - it will smooth out once whisked), about 10 or 12 minutes total cooking time.
- Very carefully dip the doughnuts into the caramel and place on parchment or waxed paper to cool. If you want to add sprinkles, do so immediately, before the caramel begins to harden. Store covered. The topping will stay a little sticky, so use parchment paper to separate layers.
Cookie Cutters - Includes the letters of the alphabet!
Dogs Eating Doughnuts Game
This is a fun, little game I made for my daughter. Just match the piles of doughnuts to the dogs, biggest to smallest, by placing them in their dishes.
The link to the documents is below. It's free. Just click "download" under the "options" pull-down menu.
Dot Marker Coloring Pages
I loved the idea of Dot Markers, but we hadn't used them before this. I did find some free coloring pages online, but I also made my own. Here are two coloring pages I made using two different fonts for capital and lowercase Ds.
The link to the documents is below. It's free. Just click "download" under the "options" pull-down menu.
Dot Paint Markers
Dots for Dalmatians Coloring Page
I wanted to make another Dot Marker coloring page, so I picked dalmatians because of their dots.
The link to the document is below. It's free. Just click "download" under the "options" pull-down menu.
Dragon Shaker Drums
This was a really fun project. As I mentioned, by daughter loves dragons, so we made dragon drums, but not just any drums - shaker drums.
This extra layer of sound was a great added benefit because when you shake the drums, the wings flutter like the dragon is flying.
To make the drums, start with the cans. I used a regular green bean can and a Dinty Moore chicken and dumpling can. I wanted to use two different sizes. But be careful, because I did cut my thumb on one of the cans while making sure they were safe for my daughter to touch ...
Anyway, add a couple handfuls of uncooked rice or dried beans to each cleaned can. Cut the end off of a balloon and stretch it over the top of the can. Secure it with a rubber band, then slip a head (with googly eyes) and wings under the rubber band. Before adding the head and wings, fold over the construction paper pieces an inch from the edge, so they won't lay flat against the cans.
I actually made the heads too large, so I'd make them smaller if I did it again. And I'd made tails, too, which I didn't even think about until later. But like I said, I love how when you shake the drums, the wings flap just like the drum is flying. And both my daughters (aged almost 3 and 10 months) loved to beat on them with spoon handles ("drum sticks") and shake them to listen to the sounds of the rice.
D is for Dog & Dolphin Suncatchers
This project really didn't take any prep since all I did was buy a couple of sun-catchers and some sun-catcher paint and suction cups. I found a few sun-catchers that started with the letter D, like Dog and Dolphin, and then, once dry, we hung them on the glass Door.
D is for Driving
This was a lot of fun, and not just for my toddler, but for my 10-month-old as well. We have a large supply of cars of all kinds, from small Matchbox to large monster trucks. So, to celebrate the letter D, I traced out a capital and lowercase D on the floor with painters tape and added dashes inside the letters to make them resemble roads. This allows kids to get down on the floor and follow the lines for the letter with the cars. We played with this on and off all day.
Letter D Chalk Tracing
My daughter loves chalk, so we always spend some time outside, drawing and coloring the letter of the day. We usually do it on the driveway, but today did it on some stones in the backyard.
Deep Dish Dinosaur Pizza
These were sooooooo good, that I think I'm going to start making fun-shaped pizzas on a regular basis!
Anyway, I used my favorite super-easy pizza dough recipe. Then I rolled out the dough, cut out the dinosaurs and topped them in my normal way: tomato sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni.
For these specific pizzas, I used slices of mozzarella cheese to that I could use the dinosaur cutter on them as well. This way the cheese shape would be the same as the dough. The dough shape did shift a bit when being moved to the pan, so the cheese didn't match up exactly, but that's okay, because - frankly - I thought the crispy cheese that melted off the edges and merged with all the spices was the best part.
Oh, and I intended to make them "deep dish," but when I realized how small the pizzas were actually going to be, I was afraid they wouldn't cook properly, so I made them thin instead. This meant they didn't need a long time to cook, so be sure to watch yours when they're in the oven.
I also took some pepperoni and cut thick slices in half, then very carefully carving out the centers with a sharp paring knife. This made them look like the letter D, which I added to each pizza.
There are plenty of shapes you could make instead of dinosaurs. Just remember to use sandwich cutters, which are larger than cookie cutters, or you'll have very, very small pizzas. They don't all have to be the same, however, so mix it up with whatever kind of cutters you have, like dogs and dolphins, too.
Easy Pizza Dough - Printable Recipe
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (100 to 110 F)
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- In a small bowl, warm the water to between 100 and 110 degrees F. Add in one teaspoon of the sugar and the yeast. Let stand for 10 minutes until foamy.
- In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, including yeast mixture and remaining sugar. Stir until well combined into a stiff dough. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Roll out dough onto a well floured surface and place on baking tray. Top with tomato sauce and toppings. If desired, brush crust with olive oil or melted butter.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
More Letter D Foods
Letter D Collage
The items we cut out for our collage include a door, desk, dresser, dishes, dolphin, ducks, dress, and a few dogs.
Great Books for the Letter D
Letter D Printables
Like all alphabet days, my daughter prefers to spend more time with handwriting practice - tracing the letters - then coloring the illustrations. I don't mind, since we're focusing on the letter and she spends lots of time coloring on other days, anyway.
Below are links to plenty of free worksheets and coloring pages.
Free Worksheets and Coloring Pages for the Letter D
- D is for Dolphin
Coloring page with large dolphin and letter D.
- D is for Deinonychus
Coloring pages and handwriting practice with dinosaurs and extinct animals.
- D is for Dove and Donkey
Coloring pages and handwriting practice with Bible imagry.
- Letter D Activities
Dot to dot, mazes and coloring pages.
- Letter D Worksheets
Coloring pages, worksheets, flash cards, activities.
- Letter D Worksheets
Coloring pages, phonics, handwriting practice.
- Letter D Phonic Activities
Coloring pages, handwriting practice, rhyming words.
- D is for Dog
Coloring page with large dog and letter D.
- D is for Dancer
Coloring page with large dancer and letter D.
- Sign Lanuage Letter D
Coloring page with large letter D and image of hand signing D.
- D is for Dolphin, Donut and Dump Truck
- D is for Dinosaur
- Dog Dot Marker Coloring Page
Coloring page with blank circles to be filled in with Dot Markers.
- D is for Doc
Doc McStuffins coloring pages.