X is a tough letter to come up with a letter activity. X-ray is a little overdone and really most preschoolers don’t even know what an x-ray is. With this in mind I decided to go in another direction for our preschool letter x activity. Around our house our Melissa and Doug musical instruments are played with daily. There is always some sort of musical parade, performance or just plain random musical play going on. Xylophone is a great X word. Not only that but it is pretty fun to turn Xs into musical instruments.
Materials Needed for X is for Xylophone
Construction paper in several colors cut into about 2 inch by 1 inch pieces, scraps are great for this
Craft sticks (2 per child)
Pom-poms (2 per child)
Full sheets of construction paper to hold your Xs
How To Make Xylophone Xs
Step 1. Draw both an upper and lower case X on your full sheet of construction paper. If you haven’t already cut or tear construction paper to make the colorful strips that will become your bars. 2 inch by 1 inch rectangles are great, although you can make whatever size bars you need to fit the size of your Xs. If you’re up for it, you can even hand over the paper and scissors and let the kids make their own bars.
Step 2. Glue paper strips onto the uppercase X to make your xylophone.
Step 3. Glue one pom-pom onto the top of each mallet (craft stick).
Step 4. Glue the craft sticks onto the lowercase X to make your mallets.
Step 5. Set aside to dry.
Do you kids have toy musical instruments?