Letter S Activities

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

One way to approach teaching early learners about the alphabet is by introducing one letter at a time. In this resource, you will find activities for preschool and kindergarten students to help them learn about the letter S.

The Letter S

By the time you get to the letter S in a letter-by-letter approach, you might be tired of the same letter activities. In this resource, you will find creative ways to teach your students about what the letter S looks and sounds like. These activities are designed with preschool and kindergarten students in mind. Activities should be used after you have already taught your students the basics of what an S looks and sounds like.

Tongue Twisters

One of the fun things about the letter S is that it is commonly used in tongue twisters. One of the most famous examples of this is in the saying, ''she sells sea shells at the sea shore.'' Begin by telling this saying to students and giving them an opportunity to try saying it slowly and then quickly. Next, write the entire saying on the board. Identify the different times the letter is used by circling (or having students circle) the letter. It appears eight times. When you get to each appearance of an S, talk to students about what the S sounds like in that word.

After this, you can divide students into small groups and have them try to create their own silly sentence with solely S sounds. As students work in groups to create the sentence, help them to ensure that they are using only the letter S (and, for example, not using words that begin with C). After a few minutes, have the groups share their sentence with the class.

  • Materials Needed: None

S is for Snake

One fun thing about the letter S, is that it looks like a snake, which also begins with the letter! Students may be excited to learn this. Give all students a piece of copy paper with a large block letter S stenciled on it. Ask students if this is a lower case or upper case S. This will allow you to talk about the fact that lower and upper case S looks the same. Next, have students turn the paper sideways and add a tongue and eye to the S to make it a snake. Then, they should decorate the snake. Depending on the resources you have available, students can either color it however they want, or they can incorporate art materials that start with S. Examples of art materials you might have on hand include sequins, paper strips (for stripes), stickers or stars.

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