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"X" Activities
 

X ART
X PAINTINGS
Give your children a large piece of paper with a Painters tape X on it.
Then, have your children paint across the entire paper.
When the paper is dry, help children remove the tape to reveal a large white X shape in the middle of the paper.

Variation: Let your children place their own small xs all over their papers before painting.

Note: Be sure to use the blue painters tape for this activity. Normal tape will tear the paper.
 

X BUTTERFLY
Cut out a butterfly shape for each of your children.
Set out the butterflies and some marking pens.
Have your children draw a large X shape across the butterfly.
Then have children color the different sections of the butterfly each a different color.
 
SEWING Xs

You will need pieces of 8 x 8 burlap squares, 6 or 7 crochet hoops and some 12 yarn sections for this activity. You will also need some large plastic sewing needles.
Place a burlap square on a crochet hoop.
Draw a large X in the middle of the burlap.
Show your children how to thread a yarn section onto a plastic needle.
Finally, show your child how to make simple stitches along the lines of their X.
Note: This project is best for children four or older. Be sure to supervise this project at all times. Even though the needles are dull, injuries could accure.

 
DECORATING Xs
Cut out X shapes from light cardboard. Use the large X pattern.
Set out the shapes along with one of the following materials for your children to decorate their X.
Glue on squares of old x-ray film.
Glue X shapes on their X using toothpicks.
Draw on Xs and Os with marking pens.

X GAMES

 
WORK SHEET GAMES

Here are a couple of simple paper games your children can do that concentrate on the letter X.
WHICH ONE DOESNT BELONG?
Divide a piece of paper in four parts.
Draw a picture in each box.
Make three of the pictures go together in some way.
Make the fourth picture some thing that does not belong.
Have children mark the picture that doesnt belong with a large X.
 
CIRCLE THE Xs
Cover a sheet of paper with 20 or more letters.
Be sure to include at least two Xs.
Give a paper to a child and have them circle the Xs.

MUSICAL CHAIRS
Play musical chairs with your children. Use a xylophone for your music.
 
X PUZZLE
Cut a large X shape out of heavy paper.
Then divide it into six to eight puzzle pieces.
Set it out for your children to put back together.

X MOVEMENT FUN
Mark off a giant X on the floor. Have your children walk back and forth on the lines of the X without bumping into each other at the intersection.
Have two children lie on the floor, one crossing over the other to form an X. Or have 4 children form a giant X.
X LANGUAGE

EXCITING X
Read the following rhyme story to your children. Have them look for words that start with EX.

X was very lonely. He had few words of his own.
Then along came E and together they would roam.

Wherever E would go, X would tag along.
Then one day, they married. Now X is very strong.

You can hear his sound, whenever they go out.
Extra, Extra, Extra! Now the news stands shout.

I get so excited, when I see them together.
Theyre always exercising and X is feeling better.

So when you see a sign that says EXIT this way.
You know that E and X are together to this day!
Jean Warren
 
X LISTS
Have your children help you find words that begin with the letter X. Such as; x-ray and xylophone.
Or make a list of words that end with an X and have an S sound. Such as; fox, box, six, mix and ox.
 
 
  WRITING X
WRITING PRACTICE
Here are some ways to help your children practice writing the letter X in a fun way.
Write Xs on a white sheet of paper with a white crayon, then paint a black wash across the paper revealing the white Xs.
Play Tic-Tac-Toe with your child with paper and a black crayon.

X SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES  

OCCUPATIONS
Be sure to investigate X-ray Technicians.
Perhaps set up a pretend Doctor’s office with X-ray equipment.
 
DISCOVERIES
Here are a few quick ideas of things you might explore with your children while working on the letter X.
Find out about X-rays. Draw bones on plain animal shapes.
Make your own water xylophone.
 
XYLOPHONES
 
Bring in one or two xylophones for your children to practice playing.
Teach them how to play up and down the scales.
 

X SNACKS

Here are some suggestions for X snacks:
Hot crossed buns.
Toast with food coloring X’s on them.
X icing pattern on graham crackers.
Mayonnaise/Mustard sauce squirted on crackers in the form of an X.