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To help Cakey and Doodles learn the letter Z we made Letter Z is for Zebra and Zipper Craft. I really like these kinds of crafts because they help both girls not only learn the letter and something that starts with that letter but the craft allows them to work on learning to use glue neatly. Neatly being the key word. While Cakey is able to use glue by herself she is not always very neat and Doodles is still learning.
The first time Cakey and I did these crafts was in 2014. We are now on our second time going through them (Doodles is on her first time). You can see in the photos at the end a comparison of Cakey’s first time and her second and also Doodles first time. I am hoping to add additional photos when we do our Letter Z is for Zebra and Zipper Craft again next year.
The first time we made this craft I free handed the additional pieces and cut them out from scrap construction paper. This time I created the images and printed them out. You can find the printables for free here Letter Z Zebra Zipper via Dropbox. In this file you will find a large capital z, a lowercase z, 1 page with a zebra head, and 1 page with 15 rectangles for the stripes.
While the girls were working on their letter “Z” crafts, I read AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First from our Tot School Letter Z Books list.
Here’s how we did our Letter Z is for Zebra and Zipper Craft:
Capital Z Zebra
- Large capital letter Z from page 2 of the Letter Z Zebra Zipper file
- Page 4-5 of the Letter Z Zebra Zipper file
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Construction paper
- Print the large capital Z on black construction paper.
- Cut out the capital Z.
- Print pages 4-5 on a piece of white construction paper and cut out the zebra head and stripes.
- With your help, have your child glue the Z to a sheet of construction paper.
- Glue the zebra head and rectangles to the Letter Z Zebra.
- Attach the googly eyes, if using, to the zebra.
Lowercase z zipper
- Large lowercase letter z from page 3 of the Letter Z Zebra Zipper file
- Construction paper
- Print the large lowercase z on any color construction paper.
- Cut out the lowercase z.
- With your help, have your child glue the z to a sheet of construction paper.
- Staple the zipper to the Letter z zipper.
The kids’ letter crafts
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Have you and your kids ever made a Letter Z is for craft? What animal, food, or plant did you make for the letter Z?
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