The letter Y is an interesting letter to study with young children. Not only is it a consonant, but it’s sometimes a vowel. Y is fascinating and fun! So when you introduce kids to the letter Y be sure to include some fun crafts and activities along with amazing letter Y worksheets!
This post is part of the Alphabet Letter Printables Series
Letter Y Teaching Ideas
The best way to start teaching the letter Y to younger children is to introduce objects and words the kids will know that start with the letter Y. For instance, you can start with these letter Y words.
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Hands-on Letter Y Activities
Then pull out a fun letter Y activity such as eating yam and yogurt for lunch. After lunch, march around the house saying, “Y is for Y-Y-Yam! Y is for Y-Y-Yogurt!”
Play with yellow playdough with your kids. Add small toy yo-yos, yaks, yachts, and perhaps some yarn as well. You can also encourage your kids to make a yellow yard of playdough and then write Ys all over the yard.
Magnetic letters are a lot of fun as well. Pull them out and have your children find the letter Y. Put the letters in order and recite the entire alphabet.
Grab the chalk and head outside to draw a letter Y monster on the sidewalk along with the letter Y. Writing Y outside on the sidewalk is a great way to improve your child’s fine motor skills.
Letter Y Worksheets
If you’re looking for some printable worksheets for the letter Y, that you can print from home to use with your preschooler or early learning, explore this amazing list of free resources.
Free Letter Y Printable Worksheets
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to gain access to our free letter Y printable worksheets that includes: letter Y coloring page, letter Y tracing page that can also be colored, and a printable letter Y poster that can be laminated for a wall chart. Also included is a find the letter Y worksheet and do a dot printables.
Printable letter tracing is a great way to teach letter formation along with basic writing skills. It’s really fun if you pull out colored pencils so kids can choose which color they’d like to use to write the letters Y.
Tracing the Letter Y y | These writing worksheets will help your preschool and kindergarten kids master writing the uppercase and lowercase letter Y.
Lowercase Letter Y Tracing Worksheet | This printable worksheet focuses on the lowercase Y. However, if you scroll down you will also find a printable for the uppercase letter Y to use as well.
These free letter Y worksheets focus on letter recognition. Kids can circle the letter Y words and search for the letter Y hiding in a small group of other letters of the alphabet. When you print off alphabet letters to color, kids have fun!
Circle the Words That Start With The Letter Y | Can your child identify the letter Y when it’s at the beginning of a letter Y word? Find out with this fun printable activity.
Letter Recognition and Phonics Worksheet | Have fun searching for the second last letter of the alphabet when it’s sitting next to the last letter of the alphabet. This is a great practice page to supplement your preschool lessons.
Y Recognition Worksheet | This fun letter Y recognition worksheet has children searching for the uppercase Y and lowercase Y in the middle of a group of letters. It’s a fun way to practice identifying the letter Y.
Letter Y Phonics Worksheets
These education activities will help your children connect the letter sound with the letter Y through a variety of phonemic awareness activities and phonics worksheets. You can also print a phonics chart to help teach the letter sounds.
Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Worksheets | You’ll find a variety of printable letter Y worksheets on this site. These printable activities include building a word, brainstorming a list of letter Y words, and making a letter Y crown.
Phonics Worksheet: Letter Y | Fill in the missing lowercase letters at the beginning of these letter Y words. This worksheet will give your child practice writing the small letter Y.
Beginning Sounds: Letter Y | This fun printable worksheet includes several fun phonics activities for your children to complete.
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Letter Y Cut and Paste Worksheets
Pull out the scissors, glue, and coloring supplies to complete these cut and paste worksheets that will help your children learn this fun letter of the alphabet. Kids can cut and paste their way to mastery.
Trace, Cut, and Paste Letter Y Worksheet | This worksheet has kids cutting out the pictures on the dotted lines and then pasting them around the letter Y. Kids also get the chance to trace the upper case and lower case letters on this worksheet.
Cut and Paste the Letter Y Words | Cut out the words and paste them next to the appropriate pictures on this fun letter Y worksheet.
Cut and Paste: Letter Y | Figure out which pictures begin with the letter Y and glue them into the letter Y house!
Letter Y Find the Letter Worksheets
Nothing will help your children learn to identify the letter Y as quickly as learning to find the letter Y when it’s hiding in the middle of other letters of the alphabet.
Find the Letter Y Worksheet | Search for just the letter Y on this worksheet. Kids can color or use dot markers to mark all the letter Ys they can find.
Color Each Letter Y | Color each letter Y you can find on this worksheet. If you’d like, you can include cursive letters below the letter hunt for your child to trace.
Letter Y Missing Letter Worksheets
These worksheets are missing the letter Y. Sometimes the letter is missing from the beginning of a letter Y word and sometimes it’s missing from the alphabet. Fill in the missing letters to complete the worksheets.
Missing Letter Y Worksheet | Write the letter that is missing at the beginning of these words. This is a great way to have your kids practice writing the letter Y.
Cut and Paste the MIssing Letter Y | Your children will cut and paste the letter Y into its proper position at the beginning of these letter Y words.
You’ll find different activities for you to print and have your children complete among these letter Y matching worksheets.
Sound Matching Activity Sheets: Letters Y and Z | Match the letter to the appropriate picture. This is a great way to review the letters you and your children have studied over the last several weeks. You’ll find several different worksheets to choose between on this webpage.
Match Letters to Pictures: Letter Y | This worksheet has children matching pictures that begin with the letter Y sound to the letter Y.
Memory Game: Letter Y | Play a memory game and match the letter Y or the pictures. The person who makes the most matches wins the game.
Letter Y Coloring Pages
You’ll find cute coloring pages for you to download and print for your children. Print a simple letter Y coloring page for your toddler to scribble on. Or print a detailed letter Y for your older child to carefully color. There’s a great selection of pages to choose between!
Coloring Page: Letter Y | These coloring pages include both capital letters and small letters for you to choose between.
Free Letter Y Coloring Pages | You’ll find a lovely variety of handwriting styles and pictures to choose between so you can find the perfect coloring page for your children to color.
Printable Letter Y Coloring Pages | Print your favorite coloring pages for your children to complete.
Letter Activities for the Letter Y
These letter Y crafts and activities will make an amazing addition to your letter of the week curriculum or preschool lessons.
20 Letter Y Activities to Make Your Preschoolers Say Yay! | Make a snap-the-yarn painting or decide what foods are yucky or yummy. Your preschooler will adore these 20 letter Y activities.
Letter Y Activities and Fun Ideas for Kids | You’ll find a different selection of fun letter Y activities for your kids. These run the gamut from creating a yellow collage to making yum yum yams.
13 Letter Y Crafts and Activities | Make a yak or yo-yo craft. Add candy to the letter Y. These letter Y crafts and activities will give you and your children hours of educational fun.
Dot Marker Printables
The best part about dot marker printables is that you don’t need dot markers to decorate these pages. Instead, you can pull out cotton swabs and paints. Glue buttons or cereal to the pages. Cover the pages with stickers. The choice is yours!
Dot Painting Printable | This dot marker painting printable features the uppercase letter Y for your children to decorate.
10 Free Dot Marker Printables: Letter Y | Paint a ball of yarn, cover a Y with stickers, and find all the letter Ys you can. These are just a few of the fun dot marker printables you’ll find in this amazing printable pack.
Uppercase Do a Dot Letter Y | This letter hunt will have you searching for all the uppercase letter Ys your child can find. Cover every Y your child can find with stickers or dots!
Download Letter Y Worksheets
We have created a free Letter Y Printables Worksheet Pack that you can use to teach your little ones the letter Y. Print off as many copies as you need for children in your household and use over and over again for alphabet learning practice.
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Sara Dennis is a veteran homeschool mom of six who’s still homeschooling her two youngest kids after the older four have graduated, entered college, and moved on to adult life. She blogs at Classically Homeschooling.