To help your child learn the lower case letter y.


At the end of the lesson your child will be able to recognize the lower case letter y and say its name.

Download the lower case y worksheet

Time requirement

20 minutes.

Grade level

Pre-kindergarten – Kindergarten

Introductory activity

What you will need:

  • A pencil
  • A piece of paper
  • A yellow crayon

What to do:

  1. Draw the letter y on the paper and show it to your child. You can demonstrate how the letter y looks like the letter v with a tail (of a kite?) attached to it.
  2. Tell them that it’s the small letter y and that the sound it makes is ‘yuh’. You can also mention that at the end of a word, y makes the sound ‘eee’, as in ‘play’.
  3. Ask them to repeat you and ask them to try to draw their own ‘y’s. If they need more guidance, draw some lines on the paper where they can draw the letter y or use lined paper.
  4. Tell your child that the word ‘yellow’ starts with the letter y. Draw some yellow ‘y’s on the paper, and the word ‘yellow’ beneath them to show them the letter’s place in the word.


If your child learns the lower case y right away, have them work on the supplemental worksheets for the letter Y.

Reinforcement activity

Print out the attached worksheet. Ask your child to complete the worksheet by themselves. Feel free to help out if they get stuck or ask any questions.


In order to see if your child has achieved the goal of this lesson, write the small letter y on a piece of paper surrounded by other letters. Ask your child to look at the group of letters and pick out the letter y.