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These Y preschool activities are perfect for kids who like to eat, get messy, run around, and play. So in other words, these preschool activities are perfect for all kids!
Once a month I host preschool for my son and three of his friends; the other three weeks one of the other moms host. And each week the kids learn about a different letter in the alphabet. I swear I always get the letters that have nothing simple to go with them. My last time hosting I was in charge of teaching the kids about the letter U and this week, I had the letter Y. I searched all over the internet for cute Y preschool activity ideas and really came up with very little. So I created my own.
One of our favorite book series is the “If you give a…” book series like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, etc. so for preschool this week I did my own take on one of those books and took the kids on an “If you feed a yak a yogurt” preschool adventure. I filled my script with a bunch of Y words and Y activities for the kids to introduce them to the letter Y.
I printed out these free printable cards (yak clipart via clipartpanda.com) and when the kids arrived we read the first card and did the activity on the card. Once the kids were done with the first activity, I read the next card and we moved onto the next activity. The kids loved it and were engaged throughout the morning always eager to find out what happened to the yak next. Here’s the entire yak story and an example of one of the printable cards. You can download the full set of printable cards at the bottom of this post.
If you feed a yak some yogurt, he will probably ask for some fruit to go with it.
When the yogurt is gone, he will probably ask for a cup of water to wash it down.
The cup of water will remind him of a yucky activity he did yesterday at school.
He will want to do it again.
When he’s doing the yucky activity,
he will spill water on the floor and ask for a towel to clean it up.
The towel will remind him of a yoga mat and he’ll ask you to get him one.
And to do yoga.
Doing yoga will make him want to go out in the yard for more space.
When he gets to the yard he will see yellow leaves
And want to go on a yellow hunt.
While on the yellow hunt, he’ll find a yellow yo-yo with a tangled string.
He’ll forget about the hunt and untangle the string.
Untangling the yo-yo string will remind him of a maze he went to with you last year.
He’ll ask you for yarn to make his own maze.
The maze will make him tired and he will give a big yawn.
He’ll ask to go back inside for a yummy snack and story.
After his yummy snack he’ll go into the kitchen to wash his hands.
He’ll see sliced fruit on the counter and he’ll probably ask for some.
And chances are, if you give him some, he’ll probably want some yogurt to go with it.
Letter Y Preschool Activities
The first activity we did was eating yogurt and yellow fruit for a snack. Chobani has these new yogurt pouches for tots and kids that are perfect for preschoolers. I personally liked the Winnie the Pooh designs but all of the boys chose to go with the grape and strawberry Spiderman pouches.
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After the kids were done with their yogurt, I gave them all cups of water to drink. And then for our next activity, I gave them each a tupperware that I’d filled with a cup of cornstarch and a little powdered food coloring, and then I filled up their drink cups again. For our “yucky activity,” the kids mixed the water with the colored cornstarch to make ooey gooey goop.
After the yak does his yucky activity in the story, he spills and needs a towel, which reminds him of a yoga mat. Yoga with kids is a tricky thing. We used this YouTube video and the kids enjoyed it but they are all boys so they didn’t last the full 15 minutes, even with the story about Squish the Fish. After yoga, we went outside into the yard on a yellow hunt. Before the kids came over, I hid a bunch of yellow items in the backyard and for the yellow hunt I just let them go and find everything they could. The kids loved it and loved being able to run around in the yard even more.
In the story the yak finds a yo-yo with a tangled string, which reminds him of a maze. For this activity, I actually created a little yarn maze on our deck that went all around the deck, through hoops, and over and under obstacles. The boys had to start at the beginning and follow the yarn from the beginning to the end, which included going through all of the obstacles. They LOVED this, and it literally took me less than five minutes to put together. I’m thinking some sort of string maze will probably become a weekly thing.
After the maze, we went inside and had a yummy snack (Halloween cookies on yellow plates) and read a bunch of Y books that I picked up at the library the night before. And last but not least, we finished off the morning with a little craft of putting yellow dots onto Ys that I made by hot gluing popsicle sticks together. Simple, yet effective! I couldn’t fit this into the story, so we just did it at the end while we were waiting for moms to come.
This was one of my favorite preschool days so far, and I think the kids really enjoyed all of the activities we did. As a quick recap, the yak (and my preschoolers) did these activities:
- Ate yogurt with yellow fruit (bananas, pineapple, and mango)
- Made a yucky goop
- Did kid yoga from YouTube
- Played in the yard
- Went on a yellow hunt
- Did a yarn maze/obstacle course
- Ate a yummy snack
- Read Y stories
- Created a yellow popsicle stick Y
You can download all of the “if you feed a yak some yogurt” cards by clicking the image below or clicking here.
What other activities would you do for a Y preschool day?