Letter ‘X’ Words & Activities for Kids and Preschoolers

LETTER X WORDS AND ACTIVITIES

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Letter ‘X’ is one of the most challenging alphabets for kids to master. The other alphabets come naturally but X is one of those rare specimens that takes a bit of effort to get the hang of. Parents and teachers alike find it frustrating especially since spelling books don’t contain many examples of the letter ‘X’.

Kids at different elementary grade levels have letter ‘X’ week for this reason and depending on the grade your child is in, you are going to want to try out a bunch of interactive activities.

Words That Start With Letter ‘X’ for Children

When it comes to reading comprehension, things that start with X are often found hard to pronounce. There are also not that many words in the English language that have words starting with the letter X.

You can use flashcards to teach your kids how to pronounce x words for kindergarten. You can even match pictures with the letter to make it more fun.

Here are a few easy to learn X words for toddlers and pre-school kids:

  1. Xylophone
  2. X-ray
  3. Xmas tree
  4. Xystos
  5. Xylems
  6. Xiaosaurus (a type of dinosaur)
  7. Xavier
  8. X-ray fish

Words That End with ‘X’ for Kids

It’s easier to pick up words that end with X. Kids respond to words much better when you make saying them aloud fun. You can read out stories with words that end in X like fox and box to make it memorable and engaging. The trick is to not let them feel like they’re learning and just flow with it.

Here are a few X words for children that end with X-

  1. Ox
  2. Box
  3. Fox
  4. Tax
  5. Max (a cartoon character)
  6. Xerox
  7. Wax
  8. Six

Make sure you print out worksheets with pictures and clear labels under them to make the learning process easier. You could also try out a fill-in-the-blank activity to get their minds thinking and learning, thus adding an extra level of challenge.

Kid-Friendly Activities with Letter ‘X’

When you’re approaching Letter ‘X’ of the week, you want to make sure you’ve got tons of activities lined up for your preschooler. If you’re tired of using old ideas or running out of a bunch, it’s time you reinvent the wheel. Here are our top recommendations for letter X crafts for preschoolers, art activities, baking, and anything else fun that involves the letter X.

1. X Marks the Spot

For this activity, you will need some chart paper, coloured foam bath letters, and pens and markers. The goal of this activity is to go treasure hunting for the X’s on the map.

How To Do It

  • Draw out a map of your playroom and hide the foam bath letters in different areas.
  • Write down Xs on the map and ask your child to find the hidden letters. It’s going to test their map reading skills plus help them master the letter X

2. Make a Xylophone

Have your kids already played with the Xylophone? Well, it’s time to build their own now (except with paper). You just need some scissors, glue, and different coloured sheets of paper.

How To Do It

  • Cut out the coloured sheets of paper in shapes of rectangles.
  • Make sure the cutouts are of different sizes. Ask your child to glue the sheets on top of one another in the correct order.

3. Classic Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe is perfect for getting 3-year olds and above up to speed with the letter X. Here is how you play it. Get your pencils and papers ready for this.

How To Do It

  • Get a tiny sheet of paper and divide it into 9 squares. Or use a tic tac toe reference grid image online for additional help. Draw it out
  • The rule of the game is to start by drawing an O and X in the box.
  • Three Os or X’s are needed to win the game.
  • You draw an O, your child draws an X and both of you will proceed to fill up the boxes until they run out.
  • If there are three X’s or Os lined up sequentially either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, the player wins. It’s that simple. Kids love this game because it challenges their critical thinking and decision-making skills.

CLASSIC TIC TAC TOE

4. Exercise on the X

Do you have some painter’s tape lying around the house? Then it’s time to put it to good use. And if you’ve got a carpeted floor, even better!

How To Do It

  • Get a carpet or make sure you’re in a carpeted playroom for convenience.
  • Use the painter’s tape to make two big X’s on the floor.
  • Encourage your child to run from X to X, crawl, jump, hop or walk around.
  • The rule is he has to connect his movements from one X to the next. This is a good activity for reinforcing the letter X for preschoolers.

5. X-Ray Artist

Get ready for hours of fun and creativity with this fun activity. X-ray artist turns your young tots into budding artists but with a twist!

For this activity, you will need the following materials:

  • Non-toxic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper
  • Q-tips

How to Do It

  • Help your child in painting his own arm or leg.
  • Take your time and be gentle. Guide him through the painting and when it’s done, let it sit out and dry.
  • Once the paint is dry, challenge your child to make an X-ray photo out of the print by lining up the Q-tips on different sections of the painting.
  • This is a really cool activity to do with seven-year-olds and above and really gets their creative juices flowing.

6. Draw the Xs

If your kids or preschoolers are itching to draw, you can make their doodling time way more fun by adding a little challenge.

How To Do It

  • Give your kids a few sheets of paper and give them a topic to draw about.
  • They can choose their own subjects too.
  • The only rule of the game is to leave a uniform border around the edges of their drawing.
  • They have to fill up the border with colourful X’s using different sketch pens or markers. It’s simple, fun, and a huge hit.

7. X-ceptional Puppets

Ready for some puppet magic? Why watch Sesame Street when you can recreate your very own version at home? Except with Xs, of course.

How To Do It

  • Get your kids a couple of paper bags.
  • Ask them to stuff it with anything of their choice. Use a string or yarn to tie up the bottom of the bags.
  • Get some coloured paper cut-outs and glue. Ask your kids to customize the shapes using scissors and stick them to the bag.
  • They can use the cut-outs for the eyes, ears, nose, etc.
  • Make sure a few of the cut-outs resemble the letter X and set a few creative rules for the design.
  • When they’re done, they can add in the hair or wigs and finish.
  • To make it more fun, ask them to create a story or skit that involves the letter X in the theme in some way. For example, puppets go on a journey to X-island to find a long lost treasure.

8. X-Cooking Class

Prep up cookie dough and three-inch logs and teach your kids how to bake with this fun but delicious activity!

How To Do It

  • Make sure you supervise your kids when doing this before you start.
  • We recommend this for ages 7 and up, specifically. To start out, use the 3-inch logs to press the dough at the centre.
  • Press another 3-inch log on top to make an X-shape.
  • Top your dough using your favourite ingredients and put it in the oven for baking.
  • Once it’s done, ask your kids to say the letter X before munching on the goodies. It will help them with recall.

9. X-Racing

If your kids run around the house too much, you can put their energy to good use. Here’s how you do that.

How To Do It

  • Set up X-stamps on the floor.
  • You can set up two or three of these on the floor and draft a finish line with a long ribbon or drape at the end of the room.
  • Set the number of Xs depending on the number of players who are racing and set them nicely apart.
  • Ask your kids to place their feet on them, line up and get ready to race. Whoever crosses the finish line first wins the X-race.

10. X-Game

This is a fun game that involves obeying commands. The only rule is to stand with the X-pose until the orders are given. This also works on your kids’ hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.

How To Do It

  • Ask your child to stand in an X-shape with their arms and legs stretched out.
  • As soon as you tell them to hop, run, jump or whatever else, they must do it.
  • Don’t give them too much downtime or breaks to make it challenging. Whoever messes up the command loses and the last one standing wins the game!

Remember to be patient with your kids when you’re trying out these activities. Spend time with them and guide them through the journey of learning. When you do it together with your kids, it becomes way more fun. You can trust us on that. We hope you’ve enjoyed our list and we encourage feedback. Feel free to write to us or comment below for more suggestions.

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