One of my favorite ways to teach the alphabet in preschool and kindergarten is through crafts. In addition to being fun, A to Z alphabet crafts are adorable and make cute classroom decorations. Letter of the week activities in preschool provide important background knowledge for early reading. All of these ABC preschool crafts are not only interesting to young children, but most of them are super-simple to prep and implement. Many of them come with printable literacy activities, which makes them even better!
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Learning the Letters of the Alphabet in Preschool
PRESCHOOL LITERACY ACTIVITIES
PRESCHOOL IS AN EXCELLENT TIME TO BEGIN DEVELOPING LITERACY SKILLS IN CHILDREN. THEY WILL FEEL PROUD AS THEY LEARN TO READ AND WRITE.
The alphabet animal crafts introduce these weird shapes called letters in ways that are interesting and fun for young learners. They won’t even know they are developing foundational reading skills!
These fun ABC crafts help teach kids that learning uppercase and lowercase letters is fun! I love using these craft ideas to teach kids because they also need fine motor skill practice. Kids won’t even realize they are learning to read until one day, they suddenly recognize a letter outside of class and are so surprised!
Can Preschoolers Learn Phonological Awareness With Crafts?
ORAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
WHILE NURSERY RHYMES AND READ-ALOUDS ARE TYPICALLY USED TO DEVELOP PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS, CRAFTS CAN WORK, TOO!
As students learn letter names, preschool teachers can also teach the sounds. Ask children:
- What else starts with /b/?
- What sound do you hear at the beginning of your name?
- Are there other kids in our class with the same sound in their name?
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Letters?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about letters sets them up for success when they later learn letters sounds and decoding.
Fun and Easy Alphabet Crafts for Kids
Displaying the example letter crafts on a bulletin board is a great way to reference letters and sounds as you accumulate them throughout the school year.
Children love sifting through the sensory bin to find and identify letters and/or sounds. You can incorporate this simple activity into every theme all year long.
As you work your way through the ABCs, make sure to draw attention to letters/sounds during read aloud, as children write their names, and throughout the day.