Letter U Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids

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Letter U Arts and Crafts

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U Mobile
Hang a small umbrella upside down. Cut out pictures of things that begin with the U sound. Glue each picture to a piece of paper and write the letter U on the back. Then hang the pictures from the upside down umbrella to create a mobile.

Umbrella Collage
Prepare large cardboard umbrellas and divide into 4 – 6 sections. Each section to be painted or filled with different collage media, Ex. cut up cupcake pans, colored scraps, stars, glitter.

Umbrellas
Materials:
1 small paper plate per child, labeled
1 right boot/1 left boot per child
water colors
Directions: With a black marker, draw a black dot in the center of each plate for the umbrella tip. Let the children paint on the backs of the plates. Glue on boots to peek out from the bottom of the umbrella.

Under and Over art
To help youngsters understand the opposites over and under, give them the opportunity to contribute to two class murals. Cut two bulletin board paper lengths to match the length and width of a table. Tape one length to the table to paper. Tape the other length to the underside of the table, trimming the paper if necessary to accommodate the table legs. Arrange pillows under the table.

Encourage children to use crayons to decorate the paper taped over the table, and to lie or sit on the pillows while decorating the paper under the table as well.

U practice
Bend pipe cleaners into “U” shapes.

U Collage
Cut out pictures of things that begin with U. Have the children make a collage.

 

Letter U Games and Activities

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Fun With U
~Throw a ball underhand
~Pretend to be ushers and show people to their seats
~Make an underwater picture
~Walk upstairs
~Bring in a photo of your uncle to share
~Listen to the story of The Ugly Duckling

USA
Through maps and discussion, begin to develop a concept of the United States both in size and unity.

Ukulele
See if anyone in your high school band or a parent knows how to play the ukulele. If so, ask that person to come play for the class.

U Guessed It!
Play a word guessing game. All the words you guess should begin with the “U” sound you hear at the beginning of the word “umbrella.”
a. I am going on a trip to visit my aunt and ________. (uncle)
b. That pile of trash isn’t pretty, it is _______. (ugly)
c. When it rains we put up our _______. (umbrella)
d. The opposite of over is ________. (under)
e. The person who calls the strikes in a baseball game is the ______. (umpire)

Utah
Cut out the state or gives student a picture of Utah. Explain that Utah is one of the 50 states in the USA. Have the students talk about what they think people do in Utah. Allow students to write/trace or glue “U”s to the state.

Useful Utensils
Make a list of utensils and explain why they are useful.

Emotions: Upset
Show the student a picture of some one that is upset. Have the student suggest things that made the person in the picture upset. Have the student share a time when they were upset. Discuss ways that can make you feel better when you are upset.

Unicorn
Show a picture of a unicorn to your students to stimulate their curiosity. As a group make up a story about the Unicorn. Have the student draw or glue a unicorn to their paper and record their response to this statement: “If I were a unicorn I would…”

U Math – Umbrella Color Game
Cut one umbrellas shape each from the following colors of felt: green, red, purple, blue, yellow, and orange. As you read the poem below, let the children help place the appropriate colored umbrellas on a flannel board.

We keep our umbrellas, so perky and gay,
Ready and waiting for a rainy day.
Here is a green one to keep me dry
When I open it up and hold it high.
Have you seen the umbrella that’s ruby red?
It looks so regal held over my head.
The rain can get heavy, oh me, oh my,
But the purple umbrella will keep me dry.
I love the umbrella of sweet sky blue.
It’s big enough for both me and you.
The yellow umbrella is bright like the sun.
Jumping puddles with it is ever so fun.
The orange umbrella is saved for showers,
The kind of rain that wakes up the flowers.
Our umbrellas are fun and so nice to see.
Just look at them all, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Under the Rope
Have the children experiment with all the ways they can think of to move under a rope. Have them take turns holding the ends of the rope as the others go under. Play this game in the same way as “Follow the Leader” so that all the children can try moving in different ways.

 

Letter U Recipes and Snacks

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Ugli Fruit
Try Ugli Fruit for a snack. Also called Unique Fruit, it’s a cross between an orange and a grapefruit and it’s delicious!

Make an Upside-down Cake
To do this bake a cake in a single pan, then turn it over and serve it upside-down!
Eat the funny and entertaining upside-down cake.

 

Letter U Songs, Poems and Finger Plays

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I Am Learning Letter U
(Tune: London Bridge )
I am learning letter U,
Letter U, letter U.
I am learning letter U
U-u-u-u!

Other verses:
Umbrella starts with letter U
Under starts with letter U
Up begins with letter U
Us begins with letter U
Children can add other verses and hand motions as they think of them.

Under The Umbrella Game
(Tune: Frere Jacques )
Choose one child to wait in the bathroom (or hide his/her eyes.)
Pick another child to hide behind a large umbrella.

Class Sings: Who is missing? Who is missing?
Do you know? Do you know?
Child who was in the bathroom:
Is it _______? Is it ________?
Class: You are right. You are right.
or Guess again. Guess again.

U Song
(Tune: My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean )
Let’s stand up and sing for umbrella,
Umbrella starts with U.
Let’s stand up and sing for umbrella,
And for the letter U.
U, U, U, U,
Let’s sing for the letter U, U, U.
U, U, U, U,
Let’s sing for the letter U.
(Repeat using other words that begin with U in place of the word umbrella.)

Unicorn Song
(Tune: Pop! Goes The Wheel )
One night I dreamed of a little white horse
That had a great big horn
Right in the middle of its head.
It was a unicorn.
I rode all night upon its back,
As I dreamed along.
But when the morning light appeared,
Poof! It was gone!

I’m The Umpire
(Tune: Take Me Out To The Ball Game )
I like to work at the ball games.
I like to work with a crowd.
I judge the balls and the pop up flies.
I rule what’s right and I’ll tell you why
I’m the ump-ump-ump-ump-ump-umpire
And every game is the same.
“Cause it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out
At the old ball game!

 

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