Introducing the Letter R

Here are lots of good ideas from all over the place for introducing the letter R. Most of these activities use the across-the-curriculum approach. These ideas are not just for preschoolers, but can be used remedially for any level, and for teaching students whose first language is not English.

Lesson Ideas & Activities:

Play Hide the R. Cut a large, capital or lower case letter R out of poster board or construction paper. Hide the letter somewhere, either in the open and slightly camouflaged or near an object that would begin with the letter R. Let the child(ren) look for the letter. You can say getting warm as they get closer to finding the letter or you can clap faster or slower depending on how close they are to the letter.

Think of all the names that start with the letter R: Ryan, Richard, Rick, Rory, Randy, Rissa, etc.

Pretend you are on a treasure hunt. Find things around the house that start with the letter R that could be the treasure.

Create your own book. You could make a picture book by letting them cut pictures of things that start with R out of magazines or they could draw their own pictures.

Go on a make believe trip to cities, countries or continents that begin with the letter R. Some examples could be Rhode Island (in USA), Russia, Romania, Rajapur or Rampur (in India), Ramadi (in Iraq), Reggio (in Italy), Rudbar (in Afganistan), etc. You could find these on a globe or map, pretend to take an airplane trip there and then sample foods from that area or learn something new about that geographic area. This would be a great way to introduce geography and map skills. You could also watch a video or tv broadcast about that area. Check your local library for what’s available.

The sign for the letter R in the American Sign Language. Here is a helpful site:
American Sign Language
a printable page for ASL

Barbara Pratt has a page full of alphabet theme activities for each letter of the alphabet.

Make different kinds of homemade modeling clays and actually shape the letter Pp with it. Some of these “clays” are edible and add even more fun to this activity. Some examples are:
Marzipan Clay
Frosting Clay
Sand Clay
Cheese Clay
Chocolate Fudge Clay

Or, you could make letter shaped cookies or pretzels using any of the cookies dough that you normally bake or purchase from the grocery store.

Play a guessing game called “I’m Thing of Something” using words that begin with the letter R. You might use such words as rabbit, radio, red item, etc.

Take the child(ren) outdoors to collect rocks.

Physical Education: have relay races.

Practice roaring like a lion.

Do an experiment on rusting (leave a nail in a glass of water to see what happens, you can speed up the process by making it salt water).

Glue grains of rice onto a large cut out of the letter R.

Physical Education: play Red Rover.

Learn about rhinoceros.

Try and figure out some simple riddles.

Investigate the roots of different kinds of plants.

Introduce the shape of the rectangle.

Make red-colored rice.

Make red colored playdough

Make red colored glue

At this website there are so many activities that they are hard to keep track of. Mrs. Alphabet also has a newsletter that you can subscribe to. Mrs. Alphabet

Letter Rr
Rr Theme
Rr heme from Pratt’s Resources
Red Theme
Have a Red Day!
Rainbow Theme
Rainy Day Ideas
Rainforest Theme
Reptiles Theme
Rivers Theme

Coloring Pages:

Prepared Lesson Plans:

Alphabet Quilt
Alphabet Theme
Teach-nology’s Alphabet Theme
Animal Alphabet
Yummy ABC
Cozy Cottage
Preschool Alphabet Games
Rr Theme


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Snacks or Treats:

Red Jello
Rice Cakes


Dr. Suess’s A B C

Any book from the library on a Rr theme listed above would be a good addition.

Words: Check the ideas above for Rr words.

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