I have gathered together many activities that I have used for teaching the alphabet. I hope you enjoy them. Please email me or use this form if you have any ideas for these pages!! I would love to have feedback from others on this project. I will post your name and ideas as you send them to me. To get to the particular letter you are interested in, just click on it below!!
Also listed below are some books that can be read to the children during these activities.
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
AlphaBite General Idea from Jeanne. Thanks, Jeanne!
In my class of 3-5 year old children, we learn a letter of the
alphabet each week . The children can make projects with each
letter shape to take home. After learning 3 letters, we have a review week
during this week, I cut out large letters from poster board and the children attach
things beginning with the letter. When the letters are covered we hang them from
the ceiling randomly. This year we have Balloons on the "B", which were attached
with masking tape. We have dirt on the "D"and lollipops on the "L". To fasten them
to the ceiling I use rolled up clear packing tape ( we call it magic tape) and for heavier ones I
add push pins. It's lots of fun and we can review our letters during rest.
AlphaBite General Idea from Edna. Thanks, Edna!
At the beginning of the school year I make sack puppets for each letter of the alphabet. It is lots of fun for the children and they are having an art project along with learning a picture word for each of the letters. Edna, pre-k teacher
AlphaBite General Idea from Kelly. Thanks, Kelly!
Read "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom." Make a palm tree out of construction paper for each child. Then, have the children write all the letters in the tree. Hang the trees around the classroom. This way you can have the alphabet posted all over the classroom without having to buy multiple copies of those expensive bulletin board sets!
AlphaBite General Idea from Linda. Thanks, Linda!
I made an actual palm tree in the classroom for use with "Chicka, Chicka, BoomBoom". I used brown grocery sacks for the trunk, cut down one side and then cut the bottom out, then the children helped me twist and shape to place on the wall. Next we made the palm leaves out of green construction paper, a great cutting exercise! I then made large letters, put velcro on the back and on the tree, and the children could place the letters on the tree as we read the book.(velcro on the trunk of the tree and wall too) I also placed a few real coconuts in a basket next to the wall where we made our tree.
AlphaBite General Idea from Amy. Thanks, Amy.
My 3 year old and I made clay out of flour, salt, and warm water. Then we made a large A, a, and apple out of the clay. After the letters and apple dried we painted them. He loves the letters that we make and shows them to everyone that comes to visit! He learned the letters names and sounds almost instantly this way. I have found that with him, if I can make the letters a physical thing that he can hold in his hands its easier for him to learn.
We also sing a very simple little song when learning a letter. We take turns thinking of a word that begins with that letter/ sound. For example: I will say "A is for a a a a aaaaligator" he thinks that's fun and you would be surprised at the words he thinks of!
AlphaBite General Idea from Karen. Thanks, Karen.
One idea that I like to use is to trace a four inch letter of upper and lower case, onto a 6" x 8" tagboard. Then I have the students fill the letter in with items--say Macaroni for M, feathers for F, sand for S, rice for R... This helps those children who learn kinesthetically. We enjoy the glueing part and then the tracing of the letters with our fingers when the items are dry.
AlphaBite General Idea from Marcia. Thanks, Marcia.
Description: Supplies needed: colored posterboard, scissors, black marker, "fishing" stick, yarn, thin flexible magnets - some have sticky side, one clip type magnet
Make and cut out a fish shape at least 4" long. Use this as a stencil and trace onto whatever color posterboard you like. You'll need 26 fish, one for each letter of the alphabet. On each fish, write the capital and lower case letter. Stick piece of flexible magnet to back of the fish. Tie long enough piece of yarn to one end of a stick - to be used as a fishing pole. Tie the other end of the yarn to a clip type magnet.
Kids can fish for letters. When they catch a fish, see if they can tell what letter they caught. Older kids can say the sound of the letter they caught.
At the moment I am setting up story bags. These have a story the children know well and puppets,
masks or props to help them re-enact and re-tell the story. The children love them and it
is proving very useful in developing their re-telling of the stories and working together.
The most recent 2 are of felt finger puppets of the animals in Dear Zoo and Handa's Surprise
(this also includes 2 Handa one with a full basket and one empty.)
From an old wooden door, i got a tree shaped board done up and nailed in some hooks,...
made apple shaped cut-outs with a hole...and painted the letters of the alphabet...
every time a child picks an apple from the tree...we say the sound and think of words that begin
with the letter...
Generally this apple tree is used as a recap on the weekly letter recognition activities...
I also use the same for numbers... I write a number on the board and the child has to pick out
that many apples.... so I use the tree for both ...
Another idea from Vinnie! Thanks!
While during our letter recognition, I draw out the letters on the floor for eg....l,t...Then I
make the child walk on the letters ...once, the next time I draw a picture with the same sound
ing letter for eg.."l" lion and "t" tiger...diagonally opposite each other... when I say the sound
of the letter the child has to run towards the picture corresponding to the sound. The children
have a lot of fun doing this. This becomes more of a fun activity rather than a phono
drill. It involves movement and registration of the letter sound to the correct picture.
I take the pictures associated with a particular letter of the alphabet and use them to make rebus sentences. For example, if I was using the letter "Rr" I would give the children cards with these high frequency words such as: We, I go, to, will, like, on, in, is, the, and, it. I also give them the color words on cards and then I have them cut apart the "Rr" pictures and using the word cards and pictures, they make sentences. An example of a sentence using some of the "Rr" pictures would be: I will (run-picture) in the (rain-picture) and I like it. Or The red (robot-picture) will go in the (rocket-picture).
The children have fun with this and at the same time they learn the difference between making sentences that make sense and those that are just a "bunch of words and pictures put together".
I do this activity with my kindergarten class and they really succeed. Sometimes I have them write their sentences that they have made and they must sound out the pictures. I always send home the cards and pictures so that they can make sentences for mom and dad.
Idea from Vicky---Thanks!
Based on "word search" puzzles, I use "letter search" puzzles to help teach my 3 yo the letters of the alphabet: using 36 point type on my computer, I write up about 5 lines of random letters, including the letter we're learning on each line a couple of times. Then I ask my daughter to find the the target letter and circle it or mark it.
Idea from Natalia---thanks!!
Joy writes, "What I also do with my kids ages 3 and 7 is do a letter hunt. I will take a letter that we are concentrating on and write that letter on a piece of paper and put them all around the house, and have the kids look for them. For the 3 year old I put them in obvious places, for the older one I make a little more difficult. This can also be played outside. " Thanks, Joy!
Yvonne writes, "I bought "Window Markers" (you can buy a set of six for about five bucks at
Kroger) and I have the students practice writing their "Mm" on our classroom windows.
I use this as a literacy center during small group and I was amazed at how hard the kids tried
to write a perfect "Mm." They love this and I use it every week and just change the letter.
The writing wipes off easily with a wet wipe or wet paper towel."
Tina writes, "I have home schooled my 3 boys for 5 years and savor every minute of it!!!
One idea I have done with each child is to take giant letters (I bought mine from Lakeshore
Learning)to collage. Of course, I have collaged over the years with many things, but the
*neat* part of all of this is to take a picture of the child holding each letter as he does
it throughout the year. Print off an 8 1/2 x 11 on photo paper. Then post it on your wall!
You have your own *personalized* alphabet, not to mention a wonderful keepsake over the years.
All you need is a digital camera, photo paper and a printer. I use these as GIANT flashcards too!
What kid is not enamored with themselves? LOL After we finish with the introduction of all the
letters, they go up as our alphabet train to stay up all year!
Sana sends in two general alphabite ideas:
Cut big capital letters in block size from A-Z from a white chart paper. Ask children to get pictures beginning with any of
these letters from scrap newspapers, magazines or books. When they get it ask them to pick up the letter for it and do the
sticking of that picture.
This activity is a recap of the letters done.
As children know to sing A,B,C song and to make them learn their phonics much faster this is just the perfect way to learn their phonics.
Instead of singing ABCDEFG
replace it by saying Aa Ba Ca Da.
Lilly sends in this idea--thanks, Lilly! I have worked with preschoolers from toddlers to 5 for the last 39 years and have found that working with the alphabet is a fun way to learn language skills and new words.
One of my favorite things to do is a letter. The children think of words starting with that letter and sound. It will surprise you how many that they can think of. Little hints help like " what does mommy drive to work?" CAR. Who roars loud? LION. My grandchildren surprised me this week with knowing that zipper started with z.
We sit and talk abouth the different sounds a letter can make and then I give hints to things that start with that letter.
Sharon sends in these ideas--thanks, Sharon!
For each letter of the alphabet, we turn the letters into alliterative characters and then come up with a silly sentence to
reinforce the sound of the letter. For example "A" becomes an Acrobatic Alligator with the addition of a tail, teeth and eyes...
"a" becomes an apple with the addition of a leaf. The sentence could be "An acrobatic alligator always ate apples and ate
We also use flour outside to make an enormous letter. Then we walk it forwards, backwards, hopping, crawling, running,
marching etc...all the while shouting out words that begin with that letter.
A third activity is to make up a menu with foods containing the letter. "The 'A' Cafe" served breAdsticks shaped as
"A", Al dente pAstA Alfredo, gArden sAlAd, Apricot snAcks and wAter or teA. My own children actually ate this for dinner,
but all would get a copy of the menu and circle all the A's they could find.
Submitted by Donna--thanks!
In the kindergaten class I volunteer in we take number of the week and work with it all week. At the mid of the week we have
an alphabet book for both junior and seniors that has a traceable alphabet that is both captial and lower case and they must
try five times on each and then we have a big empty space in the page that they can draw or there is a drawing in it that they can
finish but we also have at the bottom of the page started a sentence that their drawing will finish is. For example this week
we had Mm and they had the sentence of "I like to eat my marshmallows....." and they had to draw how they like to eat
their marshmallows and we finished writing the sentence for them after they told what they drew. Last week was Ss and we had a
picture of socks and they had to draw something on their socks that they liked. We also ask them to use five colors to make
their pictures colorful. Needless to say we had a lot of rainbows but every Tuesday it is something the children look forward
to-- digging out their alphabet books to work in it.
Wendy writes, "We homeschool, and my youngest son is a kindergartener this year. We have many different activities for
practicing letters, so I came up with an idea for choosing which one to do each day. I decorated a clean soup can with alphabet
stickers. In the can I placed many tongue-depressor sticks. Each stick has an activity written on one end, and the other end
is painted. They are different colors, depending on the type of activity. Green: practicing a particular letter. Blue: practicing the
whole alphabet. Yellow: practicing matching upper and lower case. They are placed in the can with the colored end up. Each day
he must choose one stick of each color, and do the activities written on them. When done, the sticks go back in with the colored
end down. When he has done all the activities for one color, all of that color sticks are turned back over."
Here's our activities:
Blue: alph. puzzle; Sesame Street Alph. Roadway; match plastic letter to letters written on strip of paper; String alph. beads on thread; lace a card with the alph. by the holes; stamp letter stamps in order; board game called Alphbet Soup; do an alph. dot-to-dot picture; read an alph. story book.
Green: make the letter out of dot stickers on paper; lacing card that makes the letter; make the letter with golf tee "nails" in foam block; build the letter out of duplos; draw the letter with dots with a bingo stamper; shape it with playdough; shape it with pipe cleaners; trace it on the magnadoodle; sort the correct letter out of a huge pile of pre-printed letter tiles.
Yellow: Board game called ABSeas; upper and lower case rubber stamps; sort cards with letters written on them. He isn't ready to do these yet, so I don't have many ideas.
Thanks for the excellent idea, Wendy!
Refrigerator Alphabet Magnets
Trace and cut out 3 or 4 letters of each (capital and small) out of different colors of construction paper. Laminate all letters,
cut around letters leaving a little laminating sheet around the letter. I use clear contact paper to do this. Then take a
roll of magnetic tape and cut pieces to fit on the letters, about 3 or 4 per letter. Then your child can have fun on the fridge
writing words. Numbers work well also. This takes time but well worth it.
Submitted by Cindy--thanks!
When learning to match upper and lower case letters our kindergarten class goes on an alphabet hunt. I hide the lower case
letters around the room then give each child an upper case letter. They hunt until they find their matching letter.--Submitted by Jea--thanks!
Renee writes, "I am a kindergarten teacher and whenever I introduce a new letter, I set up a station where they can glue on
something to that letter and I add a sentence at the bottom that is relevant. For example: Draw the letter F f on an 8 1/2 x 11
(so you can make coppies) type at the bottom: I found __ feathers on a fancy F. They have to count and write how many feathers
they glued down so it also becomes a math exercise too! It is challenging to come up with a sheet for every letter, just be
creative. ....twelve tiny turkeys on a T (turkey stickers)....jellybeans on a jumprope (jumprope in the shape of a J) etc." Thanks, Renee!
Kathie writes, "We play musical chairs using chairs and capital letters made of wood. Right now we are working on A, B, and C. I have a chair for each child and I put a letter on each chair. When the music stops, the children find a chair, pick up the letter, and sit down. Then they tell me what letter they have.
We also play "Huckel Buckel Beanstalk". My assistant takes the childen into another room while I hide one letter for each child.
It must be in plain sight so that they do not have to move anything or open anything to find it. Some are under chairs, on the
book shelves, in the window sills, on a book bag, etc. Then the children try to find them. When they find a letter they tell me
what it is and then sit down until all chldren have found a letter. Then we hide them again and the game starts over. " Thanks, Kathie!
Stephanie writes, "As a preschool teacher we concentrate on 2 to 3 letters a month. For a review I have the kids play Musical Alphabet. We sit in a circle and pass a letter (I use cardboard letters) around the circle while music plays. When I stop the CD whoever is holding the letter has a chance to name the letter and it's sound. If they cannont the letter continues to be passed. This is a great tool for children who need hands on activities to learn. We are also learning to recognize our little letters this way." Thanks, Stephanie!
Melissa writes, "A simple way to utilize all of the ideas here would be to get gallon sized zip lock bags, write the letter on it, then add your favorite song, activity, and story, etc to the bag. That way when you go to study your letter, everything is right there together. I am going to try to do this for each letter, then get a clear storage box to store them in!" Thanks, Melissa!
Shayla writes, "Print out a letter each day and color it and then tape it on your child's door and every night before you go to bed
have your child read through the letters taped on the door." Thanks, Shayla!
Helayna writes, "I will use the Alphabet Cards and pictures for the childrens' word boxes. I
will cut out and glue each picture and word on an index card, laminate them and
as we write in our journals, the children may refer to their word boxes.
Picture clues work GREAT when young children need to find a word and write it
down." Thanks, Helayna!
Amy writes, "I enlarged your alphabet stencils and used them to paint my son's name on his bedroom walls. It looks great and it is helping him learn how to spell his name!" Great idea, Amy!
Jessica writes, "HI, I just wanted to share an idea that isn't original to me, but a frugal way to be able to help young children to learn the feel for writing their letters. We are planning on homeschooling, and I was searching for a dnealian style as I was taught Dnealian and I despise the ball and stick type writing. I found your site. Thanks! Well, now I am going to photo copy the letters you have, cut them out and trace them backwards onto the back of a fine sandpaper. Cut them out and glue the smooth side onto a nice card stock (each letter on a square of its own). The children are able to take their fingers and feel the texture of the sandpaper and trace their letters. It's similar to the montessori program, but much more affordable. I can't wait to start the project." Wonderful idea, Jessica!
Brandi writes, "I am a Speech implementer. I am going to have my students color the pictures only if it has the SOUND, not the letter, in the beginning of the word!" Excellent, Brandi!
Kesha writes, " Put all the letters of the alphabets in a bowl...it'll make Alphabet Soup!"
Diane C. wrote in with a great idea! "I just wanted to share another idea of how to use your great stencils. I print them out,
laminate them and then, as we do a letter of the week, I put those upper and lower case leters at the playdough table. The children
can then use the template to create the letter out of playdough, offering another way to consolidate what each letter looks like!
Kelly K wrote in with a great idea! I printed some of the alphabet stensils, so I can use them to make a quilted wall hanging, with
the name of my friend's quilting business on it, in order to give it to her as a gift. I will probably use this sight for other stencils in the future.
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