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Letter E: Alphabet Activities For Kids

Updated on April 27, 2013

Fun Ways to Learn the Letter E!

Today's stop on the Alphabet Journey is with the Letter E!

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.

Letter E Alphabet Activities for Kids
Letter E Alphabet Activities for Kids

Alphabet Activities Binder

Letter E Alphabet Activities Binder
Letter E 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 E onto the E page of dividers. We did this first, and then added our projects as the day went on.

Letter Sorting: E is for Easter Eggs

Letter Sorting E is for Easter Eggs Alphabet Activities for Kids
Letter Sorting E is for Easter Eggs Alphabet Activities for Kids

For sorting between uppercase and lowercase Es, I cut some Easter Eggs out of construction paper ahead of time.

I printed the Es on a sheet of construction paper, cut them out in circles, and handed them and the glue over to my toddler to sort.

She loves to use this activity to play, holding the lowercase E over the uppercase egg, with a gigantic smile and saying, "this goes here???" as I answer, "nooooooooooo," and she giggles and giggles. :)

E is for Elephants

E is for Elephants Alphabet Activities for Kids
E is for Elephants Alphabet Activities for Kids

If there's one thing my daughter loves, it's getting messy. So a project that includes hands dipped in paint? Score!

I filled a paper plate with a glob of grey paint, she dipped in her hand and made a couple of hand prints on some white construction paper. And while that dried a bit, she made a dozen or so more hand prints on the newspaper protecting the table.

Anyway, then we turned the paper upside down so that the fingers became legs and the thumb a trunk, and we glued on some googly eyes and some ears I had previously cut from some extra construction paper.

E is for Eggs ... Scrambled and Cheesy!

E is for Eggs ... Scrambled and Cheesy!
E is for Eggs ... Scrambled and Cheesy!

Cookie Cutters

Wilton 2304-1050 101-Piece Cookie Cutter Set
Wilton 2304-1050 101-Piece Cookie Cutter Set

This versatile set includes all the letters of the alphabet, which is what I use for these activities - including the scrambled eggs featured above, and other snacks found below!

 

E is for Electric Eel

E is for Electric Eel Alphabet Activities for Kids
E is for Electric Eel Alphabet Activities for Kids

This simple project became one of my daughter's favorites from the day.

I had cut out the letters from the word Eel to resemble eels, though I forgot to have her attach googly eyes. Either way, I let her glue them onto some construction paper and then I helped her drizzle glow-in-the-dark paint over the letters. (The big bottle was a little to tough for her to squeeze on her own.)

This photo shows it still wet. The paint dries mostly clear. This wound up on the fridge, because day after day, many, many times, my daughter would take it into the laundry room (the only room in the house without windows) to see it glow.

We used the glow-in-the-dark paint to make the eel "electric," but if you don't have that, you could just as easily make a regular eel.

Glow in the Dark Paint

DecoArt DS50-10 Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, 4-Ounce
DecoArt DS50-10 Glow-in-the-Dark Paint, 4-Ounce

Some Glow in the Dark paint is necessary if you want your Electric Eel to really - ahem - "shine!"

 

E is for Elephants Eating Eggplants

E is for Elephants Eating Eggplants Alphabet Activities for Kids
E is for Elephants Eating Eggplants Alphabet Activities for Kids

I made this worksheet of Elephants Eating Eggplants. The printer was running out of ink, however, so it didn't print in the correct colors. But my daughter still had fun drawing in the trunks so the elephants could eat! I did the first one (top left) to show her and then let her do the rest with crayons.

The worksheet is free. You can print it from the link below. Just click on "options" and then "download."

E is for Eyes

E is for Eyes Alphabet Activities for Kids
E is for Eyes Alphabet Activities for Kids

For this project, my daughter simply put glue over the Es and stuck on googly eyes. Actually, the first thing she did was attach googly eyes to the sketched "eyes" under the title. I hadn't even thought of that. Just goes to show you that my three-year-old is more creative than I am. :)

The worksheet is free. You can print it from the link below. Just click on "options" and then "download."

Googly Eyes

Watch them wiggle eyes, Black(500 PIECES) - BULK
Watch them wiggle eyes, Black(500 PIECES) - BULK

I've found soooooooo many uses for googly eyes while doing crafts with my kids. Not only are they great for Letter E Day, but they'll bring life to any craft!

 

Eggo Es

Eggo Es
Eggo Es

E is for Spotted Eagle

E is for Spotted Eagle Alphabet Activities for Kids
E is for Spotted Eagle Alphabet Activities for Kids

This is a dot marker coloring page I made because my daughter loves the dot paint markers. She started out by making just dots, but, as you can see, she eventually decided she'd rather just slather the whole eagle with paint. Whatever works.

The worksheet is free. You can print it from the link below. Just click on "options" and then "download."

Dot Markers

Do A Dot Art! Markers 6-Pack Rainbow Washable Paint Markers, The Original Dot Marker
Do A Dot Art! Markers 6-Pack Rainbow Washable Paint Markers, The Original Dot Marker

My toddler was delighted when I discovered these things. We've used them for a variety of projects, including the Spotted Eagle worksheet above, which I made specifically to use with Dot Markers.

 

E is for Earth

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Coloring the coffee filter with washable markers.Spray with water for the colors to spread.The finished Earth, glued onto a piece of black construction paper covered with glitter "stars."
Coloring the coffee filter with washable markers.
Coloring the coffee filter with washable markers.
Spray with water for the colors to spread.
Spray with water for the colors to spread.
The finished Earth, glued onto a piece of black construction paper covered with glitter "stars."
The finished Earth, glued onto a piece of black construction paper covered with glitter "stars."

This project requires only a few supplies: a round coffee filter, blue and green washable markers, and a spray bottle with water. Plus glitter. If you like glitter ... and we do.

So, first, color your coffee filter with the markers. I quickly sketched some continents with the green, filling them in while my daughter was creating the oceans with the blue.

Then we squirted it with water so the colors would run together. Make sure you do this on something like newspaper or a plastic tablecloth to protect your table.

We covered some black construction paper with glue and she sprinkled it with silver glitter, to give us a star-filled home for our planet.

Once dry, we glued the Earth to the construction paper with a ring of white glue. As you can see. Next time I would use a glue stick since the white glue left a mark. But even with that, I still love the look of the finished product!

I found the idea here.

Cheese Cracker Es

Cheese Cracker Es
Cheese Cracker Es

E is for Electric Egg Hunt

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Electric Egg Hunt:  plastic Easter eggs with dollar store glow bracelets - genius!My toddler collecting the eggs in a plastic bucket.My infant excited about the eggs.E is for Eeyore enjoying the Electric Egg Hunt :)
Electric Egg Hunt:  plastic Easter eggs with dollar store glow bracelets - genius!
Electric Egg Hunt: plastic Easter eggs with dollar store glow bracelets - genius!
My toddler collecting the eggs in a plastic bucket.
My toddler collecting the eggs in a plastic bucket.
My infant excited about the eggs.
My infant excited about the eggs.
E is for Eeyore enjoying the Electric Egg Hunt :)
E is for Eeyore enjoying the Electric Egg Hunt :)

When I saw Easter Eggs alight from glow sticks on Pinterest, the first thought I had was: this would be awesome for Letter E Day!

And it was. My kids had sooooooo much fun with this, that we hid them, found them, hid them again, found them again, and again, and again ...

The premise is simple: it's an Easter egg hunt, that we did indoors, with eggs that contained glow stick bracelets I'd picked up at the dollar store. It was near Easter when we did this, so I had the plastic eggs available, but even if you don't, they're still pretty affordable online.

We did this during the daytime with the bedroom lights off. There was still enough sunlight coming through the window to see what we were doing, but not so much that we couldn't see the glow of the eggs.

Even Eeyore got in on the fun!

Glow Bracelets

Glow Sticks 100 8" Light-up Glowstick Bracelets
Glow Sticks 100 8" Light-up Glowstick Bracelets

Glow sticks are a perfect way to light up your Electric Eggs. Plus, my girls love these things - so having extra on hand is always a good thing!

 

Plastic Eggs

Easter Eggs - Plastic Bright Egg Assortment (144 pc)
Easter Eggs - Plastic Bright Egg Assortment (144 pc)

Eggs are great for so many projects with kids - plus, my girls just love putting things in the eggs, hiding them, and searching for them!

We did Letter E Day around Easter, so used eggs we had. You can pick some up at the dollar store around Easter, but if the holiday is far away, you can always buy some here!

 

E is for Echo - We used cell phones and the baby monitor to make echos. My kids loved it!

E is for Chocolate Eggs

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Chocolate EggsChocolate "Green Eggs" to go with a reading of "Green Eggs and Ham!"
Chocolate Eggs
Chocolate Eggs
Chocolate "Green Eggs" to go with a reading of "Green Eggs and Ham!"
Chocolate "Green Eggs" to go with a reading of "Green Eggs and Ham!"

Chocolate eggs are super easy to make. Start with some white candy melts in a plastic baggy, and melt according to directions, then clip off a corner of the baggy to draw with the candy.

Draw some circles and ovals with the chocolate on waxed or parchment paper, and, before it sets, stick in a yellow m&m ("m" side down).

Or, for some fun, you could make green eggs! Simply swap out a green m&m for the yellow one, and enjoy them while reading some Dr. Seuss.

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham

A true classic, much loved by kids of all ages ... including mine! We read this after making our chocolate "green eggs."

 

White Candy Melts

Wilton White Candy Melts, 12-Ounce
Wilton White Candy Melts, 12-Ounce

For the chocolate "egg" whites. I didn't even use half a bag for this project, but don't worry - these are great for many baking projects! They store well, but, if nothing else, you can always chop up the extras to throw into cookie batter!

 

Cookie Es

Cookie Es
Cookie Es

E is for Easy Eclairs

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The finished Mini Easy Eclair Cups!Cutting out the mini circles.The baked cups.Filled with vanilla pudding.Mini Easy Eclair Cups!
The finished Mini Easy Eclair Cups!
The finished Mini Easy Eclair Cups!
Cutting out the mini circles.
Cutting out the mini circles.
The baked cups.
The baked cups.
Filled with vanilla pudding.
Filled with vanilla pudding.
Mini Easy Eclair Cups!
Mini Easy Eclair Cups!

I like eclairs, but I didn't want to set aside half the day to make something like eclairs from scratch, so I came up with these Easy Eclairs instead!

You simply start with pre-made refrigerated pie crust, and use a 2-inch, fluted cookie cutter to cut out some circles of dough. Place these circles of dough in the well greased (we use baking spray with flour already in it) mini muffin pan. Bake according to directions.

Then I made some vanilla pudding. I prefer the cook & serve, but if you like instant, that works, too. Once the mini crusts cooled, I filled them with the pudding.

Once the pudding was set, I scooped some chocolate hot fudge ice cream topping into a little bowl and microwaved it. Once warm and malleable, I used a spoon to drizzle it over the mini eclairs.

And you're done. Enjoy!

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Smucker's  Hot Fudge Topping, 11.7500-Ounce (Pack of 6)
Smucker's Hot Fudge Topping, 11.7500-Ounce (Pack of 6)

This is the hot fudge topping we used. I finished off the jar by making ice cream sundaes. :)

 

E is for Easy Elephant Ears

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Easy Elephant EarsAdding the cinnamon and sugar.Rolling the dough.The cut "ears."Easy Elephant EarsEasy Elephant Ears
Easy Elephant Ears
Easy Elephant Ears
Adding the cinnamon and sugar.
Adding the cinnamon and sugar.
Rolling the dough.
Rolling the dough.
The cut "ears."
The cut "ears."
Easy Elephant Ears
Easy Elephant Ears
Easy Elephant Ears
Easy Elephant Ears

Elephant ear cookies are pretty easy anyway, but these were extra easy, because (like the eclairs) I didn't make them from scratch.

I took the other piece of pie dough from the package I'd used for the eclairs and unrolled it on the counter. You could also use puff pastry dough or crescent roll dough. I used pie crust because it was on sale.

Anyway, spread some melted butter over it with a pastry brush and generously sprinkle on a cinnamon and sugar mixture. You can buy a cinnamon and sugar mix in the spice section of grocery stores, but I've always made my own. And I never measure, so I can't really give you the recipe. Maybe one part cinnamon to four or five parts sugar. Something like that. And mix really well. Essentially, the mix should be not too dark and not too light.

Once the dough is covered in the sugar mixture, roll it in from one side, tightly toward the middle. Then roll in the other side toward the middle. Slice into half-inch thick pieces with a sharp knife and bake at 350 F until the edges are just browned. They won't take too long, so keep an eye on them.

As you can see in the photos, I sprinkled powdered sugar over top before we ate them, but that's optional. Yummy, but optional.

Gummi Es

Gummi Es
Gummi Es

Letter E Collage

Alphabet Activities Letter E Collage
Alphabet Activities Letter E Collage

Our Letter E collage included pictures of Eyes, Elbows, Ears, Eggs, Eagles, Eating, the Eiffel Tower, and lots of letter Es.

Letter E Printables

Letter E Printables
Letter E Printables

For letter E day our coloring pages included Elmo and Eeyore, plus some of the regulars we like. Links are below!

Videos for the Letter E

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