Yarning up letters!

We have been showing you different ways that we have been integrating basic concepts such as letters and numbers into our classroom centers. One more idea to add to the list is by making letters out of yarn…

Yarning up Letters by Teach Preschool

For this simple activity, we set out pieces of yarn, about 2 to 8 inches in length, and upper and lowercase letter cards.  Our children did this activity on felt boards, but it could also be done on a sticky board, sandpaper, or even a carpet square…

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

The children began by choosing a letter to make out of yarn.  Some of the children chose to make the first letter of their name, while others picked a card from our stack of upper and lowercase letters…

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

Once the children had decided on a letter to create, they pulled the different lengths of yarn from the basket to form their letters…

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

If a piece of yarn wasn’t long enough for a child to complete their letter, they would simply add another piece of yarn to the one they were working with…

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

Yarn is a wonderful material to handle and manipulate for a little fine motor skill building and a great tactile experience too!

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

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Links to grow on:

Y is for yarn in preschool by Teach Preschool

Easy touch and feel alphabet by No Time for Flashcards

Fun learning activities with laminated alphabet letters by Play Create Explore


By |2013-04-11T22:02:49+00:00April 11th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Melissa April 13, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    What a great idea! Saving this to use with my son someday.

  2. Faigie April 14, 2013 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Did you find that it was easy for the kids to work with the yarn. I have found yarn doesn’t seem to mold itself to young hands, especially if they are using glue. Then the yarn sticks to the fingers

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      I agree, using glue and yarn can be a bear. I think because we didn’t use glue and because the yarn sits nicely on the felt board – the children were easily able to position the yarn. On a slick table – this might be harder to work with.

  3. Carolyn @ The Pleasantest Thing May 27, 2013 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Doing this activity on felt boards is a great idea. I’ll have to try that next time!

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