Letter Y Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids

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Letter Y Arts and Crafts

Y Yarn Art Project
Trace and cut out a large Y shape from construction paper. Cut different colors of yarn into different lengths. Let the children arrange then glue the yarn all over the large Y.

Yellow Collage
Have children bring in things that are yellow that can be glued onto a class collage or an individual collage, such as, scraps of fabric or paper, beads, buttons, yarn ribbon, etc.

Yellow Flowers
Give each of the children a piece of paper and yellow paint. Have them paint yellow flowers on their paper. They can draw in green stems and grass to complete the picture.

Make yellow books
Have each child fold a piece of yellow construction paper in half to form a book. Suggest children cut out pictures from a magazine of yellow items to glue inside their books.

Place a little yeast, sugar and warm water in a bottle. Put a balloon over the top of the balloon. As the yeast ferments, it will cause the balloon to inflate. Taste bread made with yeast and bread that was made without yeast. Smell the yeast.

Grow a Yam Plant
Print a Y with a marker on a glass or clear plastic cup. Pass around a yam and let the children examine it. Stick several toothpicks into the side of the yam around the middle. Balance the toothpicks on the rim of the cup and fill the cup with water. Place the cup in a sunny spot. Every day have the children check the yam for signs of root and leaf growth. Add more water as necessary.

Make “My Y Book”
Staple several pieces of paper together to make a book. Have your child look through magazines to find pictures of things beginning like “yellow yarn.” Glue one or two to each page then have your child label the pictures using “invented spelling.” Your child should say the word a few times so he/she can listen to the sounds at the beginning, middle and end of each word. Your child should guess how the word is spelled and write his/her letter guesses under each picture.

Yellow yarn mobiles
Put white glue in an open bowl and invite the children to dip the yellow yarn in the glue using a popsicle stick to saturate the yarn completely except for the end the child is holding. Then have the children arrange the yarn on waxed paper in interesting designs.

Ask children to bend the end of the yarn to use as a hanger and cut off the end they were holding since it has no glue on it. When the glue is dry, remove the mobiles from the waxed paper and hang them in a window or from the ceiling.

Yarn Y’s
Make a Y pattern from heavy cardboard. Help the kids trace around the pattern on yellow construction paper. Invite the children to cut out their own Y’s. Give each child several pieces of yarn in different colors to cut into small pieces. Give them a small cup of glue and have them brush glue on the yellow paper Y. Drop pieces of yarn on the glue

Yolk paint
Mix up food coloring and egg yolks. Paint whatever you want. This will give a nice effect.

Yellow soap crayons
Measure one cup of mild powdered laundry soap. Add one tablespoon of food coloring. Add water by the teaspoonful until the soap is in liquid form. Stir well. pour the soap into ice cube trays. Set in a sunny dry place until hard.


Letter Y Games and Activities

Practice your Tarzan voice. Talk about how it feels to be yelled at.

Yes for Y
Print Y and y on index cards and print other letters on several more cards. Sit in front of the children and hold up the cards one at a time. Whenever the children see a Y or y, have them say, “yes.”

Let the children measure things around the room with a yardstick.

Give each child a large sheet of white paper to make a map of their yard at home. Provide time for each of the children to tell about their yard map.

Yellow Day
Have children wear yellow and bring yellow things to share. Have a yellow snack.

Graph favorite flavors.
Taste different varieties of yogurt.
Use yogurt containers for measuring liquids.

Egg Yolks
Look at egg yolk. Compare cooked with uncooked yolks. Talk about yellow chicks growing from yellow yolks.

Flannel board Activity
Five Yellow Polka Dots
(Precut 5 yellow circles from yellow felt)
Five yellow polka dots lay on the floor,
One sat up and then there were four.
Four yellow polka dots got on their knees,
One tipped over and then there were three.
Three yellow polka dots stood on one shoe,
One fell down and then there were two.
Two yellow polka dots started to run,
One stopped quickly and then there was one.
One yellow polka dot rolled toward the door,
When it disappeared there were no more.

You Are Important!
Make a “you” bulletin board with the heading “You are most Important” and have a mirror in the center.

Make yellow play dough.

Suspend a yo-yo from the ceiling and have children watch it move and follow it with their eyes to improve coordination.

Talk about rest,bedtime, and yawning.

Have the children make shapes on the floor with their yarn and ask them to step inside their shape, walk on their shape, make their shape disappear, etc.
You could give the children a piece of yellow yarn. They can use it to measure objects in the class. They can also look for things that are longer than, shorter than, and the same length as their piece of yellow yarn.


Letter Y Recipes and Snacks

Yellow cake
Yeast rolls

Yummy Yogosicles
Have each child measure the following ingredients into a small bowl.
1/4 C. Yogurt (vanilla, banana or plain)
1 Tsp. Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (thawed)
1 Tsp. Honey
Mix well and pour the mixture into a small paper or plastic cup and freeze. When the mixture is solid enough to hold up a popsicle stick, put one in and refreeze until firm.

Yum Yum Yams
2 cans yams
2 apples (peeled/sliced)
5 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp Margarine
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/4 Tsp nutmeg
Drain the yams, arrange on bottom of baking pan sprayed with Pam. Add a layer of apples. Sprinkle the margarine, sugar and nuts on top.Sprinkle nutmeg over top. Bake @350 for 30 minutes.

Yellow Foods
corn muffins
scrambled eggs
butter….make it with real whipping cream and have on yellow crackers
chicken noodle soup

Yogurt fruit dip
One 8-ounce carton plain yogurt
1/4 cup apricot or peach preserves
1/8 Tsp. ground cinnamon
Apple, pear, or peach slices
Cut up any large pieces of fruit in the preserves. In a small mixing bowl, stir together apricot or peach preserves, yogurt, and cinnamon. Cover and chill 1 to 24 hours. Serve with fruit. Makes 1 cup dip.


Letter Y Songs, Poems and Finger Plays

Let’s Give A Yell For Y
Tune: The Farmer In The Dell)
Let’s give a yell for Y!
Let’s give a yell for Y!
Y is for you and for yellow, too.
Let’s give a yell for Y!
Substitute other Y words for the word yellow.

A Yellow Daffodil
A little yellow cup,
A little yellow frill,
A little yellow star,
And that’s a daffodil!

No More Yelling
(Tune: Frere Jacques)
No more yelling,
No more yelling,
In our room,
In our room,
Quiet voices only,
Quiet voices only,
In our room.
In our room.

Who Is Wearing Yellow?
(Tune: The Farmer In The Dell)
Who is wearing yellow?
Who is wearing yellow?
Hi Ho the derry-o
Who is wearing yellow?
____ is wearing yellow.
____ is wearing yellow.
Hi Ho the derry-o
____ is wearing yellow.

We Wish You A Happy Y Week
(Tune: We Wish You A Merry Christmas)
We wish you a happy Y week.
(Form the letter Y with your arms over your head.)
We wish you a happy Y week.
We wish you a happy Y week.
(Make the sound of Y)
Let’s all yodel now for Y week…
Let’s all yo-yo now for Y week…
We wish you a happy Y week…

Yak Song
(Tune: Three Blind Mice)
Yak, yak, yak; yak, yak, yak,
Has broad shoulders, has a broad back.
He’s big and strong and knows the way,
He works hard almost every day,
He doesn’t get much time for play.
Yak, yak, yak.

Yellow Song
(Tune: Someone’s In The Kitchen With Dinah”)
Yellow is the color of bananas
Yellow is the color of the sunshine, too
Yellow is the color of corn on the cob
I like yellow don’t you?

Yellow Birdie
(Tune: “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”)
Yellow Birdie sitting in a lemon tree,
You’re as pretty and as yellow as can be.
I will give you such a treat,
Lots of bugs and worms to eat,
If you promise not to fly away from me.

Bend and Sway
(Tune: “London Bridge”)
Yellow flowers bend and sway
Bend and sway, bend and sway;
Yellow flowers bend and sway
When the wind blows.

Yellow ducks say
“Quack, quack, quack,” (repeat)
In the water.

Yellow birds
Are flying high (repeat)
In the sky.

Yellow lemons
In my tea (repeat)
Make me pucker.

Yellow chicks
Peck yellow corn (repeat)
In the barnyard.

Yellow songs
Are fun to sing (repeat)
I love yellow.




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