10 Letter U Crafts and Activities for Preschool to Speed Up Recognition

| Last Updated: August 23, 2022

One of the easiest ways to help your child learn the alphabet is by doing crafts and activities focusing on a specific letter. Today, we will be looking at ten different crafts and activities you can do with your preschooler to help them speed up recognition of the letter U.

These activities are perfect for helping your child learn their letters fun and engagingly. And they can be done with materials you probably already have around the house. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Great Letter U Crafts and Activities for Preschool

As your preschooler begins to learn the alphabet, letter U crafts and activities are a great way to help them practice. These activities can also help your child learn about different words that start with the letter U. From unicorns to umbrellas, and there are a variety of fun themes to explore with letter U crafts and activities.

Fine Motor Skills | Tracing | Shape

1. Playdough Mat – Letter U

This activity is perfect for preschoolers learning the letter U. By shaping playdough into letters, they will strengthen their small muscle groups while having fun!

You will need:

  • Playdough
  • Printed playdough mat (laminated, if desired)
  • A pencil


Help your child roll out a long snake of playdough. Then, have them shape each piece into a letter U. Finally, help them trace the letters with a pencil. This activity is perfect for reinforcing letter recognition and formation! Plus, it’s lots of fun! Try it today!

If you liked this activity, be sure to check out Education Outside for this letter craft and worksheet!

Creativity | Fine Motor Skills | Letter Recognition

2. Umbrella and a Letter U

This craft is perfect for a rainy day, or when you want to talk about the letter U! It’s a simple yet fun way to make a letter U and an umbrella.

For this craft, you will need various colors of construction paper, white cardstock or construction paper, glue sticks, and scissors (for the parent/teacher).

To begin, have the children trace or draw the letter U on a white piece of paper. Then they can cut out their letter U. Next, they will choose what colors they want their umbrella to be and cut out several strips of construction paper. These strips will be glued to the top of the letter U to create the umbrella.

Finally, the children can decorate their umbrellas however they like! This is a great activity for working on fine motor skills and creative expression. Plus, it’s just plain fun! So go ahead and give it a try!

Enjoy this quick and easy craft! If you have any questions, feel free to visit The Kindergarten Connection.

Independence | Colors | Fine Motor Skills

3. Footprint Unicorn Art

This is a fun and easy craft that can be done with young children to help them learn their letters. It is also a great way to teach them about unicorns!

Supplies needed:

  • White paint
  • Cardboard or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glitter
  • Other paint colors (optional)


Have your child dip their foot in the paint and step onto the cardboard or paper. This will be the face of the unicorn.

Once the paint is dry, use markers or crayons to draw on a unicorn horn and eyes. Add a painted mane and a horn. Your child can be creative and add multiple colors to the mane and even create a striped horn.

Finally, use glitter and other paint colors to decorate your unicorn however you like!

This is a great activity for teaching young children their letters, as well as teaching them about unicorns! It’s also a lot of fun and can easily adapt to different ages and abilities.

Check out this activity at Fun Handprint Art.

Letter Recognition | Shape Recognition | Fine Motor Skills

4. Wooden Pattern Block U Puzzle

This activity is an excellent way for your preschooler to learn about letters and shapes. It’s also a great opportunity to practice their fine motor skills. And, it’s a perfect way to spend some quality time together!

You’ll need wooden pattern blocks and a letter U worksheet to do this activity.

First, have your child put the blocks together to create the letter U. Then, help them to find and trace the letter U on the worksheet. Finally, you can also have them color the shapes in the worksheet.

So, what are you waiting for? Gather up the supplies and give this activity a try! Your preschooler is sure to love it.

Visit this activity at Mom’s Tot School.

Creativity | Letter Recognition | Color Recognition

5. Underwater Letter U Craft

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This enjoyable and easy craft can help your little one learn their letters! You’ll need a piece of construction paper, the letter U printed out and cut out, some colorful circles and triangles cut from construction paper, a glue stick, school glue, googly eyes, and blue paper with waves cut across the top.

Have your child glue the letter U onto the construction paper. Then, they can add colorful circles and triangles to make a fun underwater scene! Be sure to add some googly eyes to the fish for extra fun. Finally, glue the blue paper with waves across the top to finish the craft.

Your little one is sure to love it. This craft is not only fun, but it’s a great way to help your child learn their letters! It’s also a perfect opportunity to work on those fine motor skills.

So go ahead and give it a try! And if you don’t have construction paper, any type of paper will work! So get creative and have fun with it. Your child is sure to love this craft no matter what.

You can find this craft at Crystal & Co.

Letter Recognition | Sound | Sense of Taste

6. Letter U Is For Urchin Theme Snack

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This snack is a great way to talk about the letter U and its sound. You can also talk about what sea urchins are and where they live. And your little ones will love eating their creation!

Materials Needed:

  • Half an orange (or half an apple)
  • Toothpicks
  • Raisins and/or Cheerios


Stick toothpicks all around the orange (or apple). Fill with chosen fruit. Enjoy!

This snack is a great option if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to incorporate the letter U into your preschool lesson plans! And it’s a tasty treat that your little ones will surely enjoy. So give it a try today!

You may see more of this activity here at Teach Beside.

Letter Recognition | Formation | Sound Association

7. The Letter U Activity Mat

The activity mat is great for your preschooler’s various aspects of learning. Not only will they learn how to say and write the letter U, but they’ll also learn about words that start with the letter U and identify the letter U from other letters. This is a great way to help your child learn about the alphabet and letter sounds. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!

You’ll need some supplies for this activity, including crayons, colored pencils, or markers, and the printed activity sheet. You can find the activity mat online. Once you have everything you need, simply print out the mat and let your child have fun!

We hope you enjoy this activity and that your child learns much from it. Visit Education Outside for the activity mat.

Fine Motor Skills | Creativity | Shape Formation

8. Lowercase u is for Unicycle

This activity is perfect for learning the letter U! It teaches your little one the letter and helps with fine motor skills and creative thinking. All you need is a gray, red, and black foam sheet, scissors, glue or glue dots, and a pencil.

  1. Cut out a lowercase ‘u’ from a piece of gray foam sheet. To ensure the letters are uniform, cut this letter from a piece of foam about 3” x 4”.
  2. Cut a large circle out of black foam for the tire – ours was 3” in diameter. Make sure to cut the inside of the circle too.
  3. Now, cut out a 3″ circle from gray foam. Once you have your “V” shapes ready, proceed to cut them into the circle until it resembles spokes on a tire!
  4. Glue or tape the black tire outline to the red foam. Cut a bicycle seat and a tiny circle from the red foam for use as the center of the tire.
  5. Using the remaining gray foam, make two thin black foams for the unicycle’s pedal and seat bar.
  6. Glue or tape the seat bar and seat to the unicycle tire. Layer with lowercase ‘u,’ then add the pedal bar and bike pedals.

Turn your child’s drawing of a unicycle into a work of art by making this craft together. This is one of the most popular and amusing arts for preschoolers. Try this at home and see how inventive your kids are.

If you are looking for more details about this letter u unicycle, check out this blog post Totally Tots.

Letter | Colors | Shapes Recognition

9. Under the Tree Letter U Craft

This Letter U Craft is a great way for your preschooler to learn the letter U and have some fun too! It’s also a perfect activity to do around Christmastime.

To make this craft, you will need colored cardstock paper (including green and brown), scissors, glue, and a glitter star foam sticker. 

  1. First, have your preschooler trace or draw a letter U on the green cardstock paper. Then, they will cut out the letter U.
  2. Next, they will glue the brown cardstock paper onto the back of the green letter U. This will be the tree trunk.
  3. Then, they will decorate the tree with the glitter star foam sticker and any other Christmas decorations they would like.

This is a great activity for your preschooler to learn the letter U, practice their cutting and gluing skills, and get into the Christmas spirit!

If you enjoyed this Letter U Craft, you might check out I Heart Crafty Things.

Fine Motor Skills | Shape Recognition | Color Recognition

10. Paper Plate Letter U for UFO Craft

If you’re looking for a fun UFO craft to do with your kids, this paper plate letter U is perfect! It’s easy to make and only requires a few materials.

To make this fun craft, you will need:

  • Two solo paper plates
  • Two glow sticks
  • One clear solo cup
  • One piece of construction paper
  • Two crafting eyes
  • Scissors
  • Your choice of stapler, glue, or tape


  1.   Start by having your child decorate one of the paper plates with whatever design they like. This can be done with crayons, markers, paint, etc.
  2.   Once their design is complete, take the other paper plate and cut out a large “U” shape from the center. This will be the UFO!
  3.   To assemble the UFO, first, insert one end of a glow stick into the bottom of the clear cup. Then, place the cup upside down in the center of the “U” shaped cut out.
  4.   Next, take the construction paper and wrap it around the base of the clear cup to create a ring. This will be the UFO’s force field!
  5.   To finish up, add the crafting eyes to the top of the paper plate and use your choice of stapler, glue, or tape to secure the plate to the cup.

And that’s it! Your very own UFO Letter U Craft is complete and ready for takeoff! We hope you have as much fun making this craft as we did.

Visit WooJr.com for more information about this unique letter u activity.

Final Words

These are just a few amazing letter U activities and crafts you can do with your preschoolers. With so many options, you’re sure to find something that your little ones will love. So get creative and have fun! After all, learning should be enjoyable for both you and your child.

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