Bananas and pizza and muffins, oh my! We all know how much our kiddos love to eat, yes even the picky ones. We also know how to teach the alphabet to preschoolers in a fun way with engaging activities. These Free Printable Food Alphabet Posters for Preschoolers will have your students rubbing their tummies and singing the ABCs. Grab these free printable alphabet posters for preschoolers below to use in your literacy center and build letter identification skills.

– Life Over C's Food Alphabet Posters for Preschool

Recommended Grade Level:

Food Theme Alphabet Posters Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Paper Cutter
  • Laminating Supplies (optional)

What Can Preschoolers Learn About Alphabet Recognition?

Teaching the alphabet to preschoolers

When your students can identify the letters in the alphabet and beginning sounds (phonemes), the reading adventure begins! These tasty looking and adorable free alphabet posters encourage letter recognition. What an easy and simply adorable way to learn! With fun food themed beginning sound pictures on each poster kids can work on phonemic awareness skills while learning to recognize uppercase and lowercase letters.

Why is it important to learn about letters? Letters and sounds are the building blocks of reading. These preschool alphabet posters encourage letter recognition and providing a picture for our visual learners.

Working on letters can never start too early in preschool. This cute activity can be used in a whole group setting to introduce the letter and displayed in a writing center to get those little fingers tracing.

Take a walk around your building, classroom, Livingroom, or the playground to discover words that begin with the same letter on the alphabet poster pintables.

Stroll through the grocery store and try to match the food seen on the alphabet posters with items found within the store.

In addition to learning about uppercase letters here are some questions to ask children about the preschool alphabet printable letters:

  • What sound does it make?
  • Can you think of a different food that begins with the same sound?
  • Is this letter curvy/straight/both?
  • What is the name of this letter?
– Life Over C's alphabet food posters

How Can Preschoolers Learn About Letters?


Teaching preschoolers letters can be a rewarding task. Seeing those bright eyes light up when they finally notice the letters in their name is a heart warming feeling. Learning the alphabet can also be a difficult task for some learners. It’s important to really know the best way the child learns.

While I don’t recommend a full ‘letter of the week’ approach, it is a great idea to do a variety of alphabet activities and start with a letter that is in your children’s names or teaching the letters in a sequence that quickly builds reading abilities.

  • Include exciting alphabet songs and movement activities that focus on letters.
  • Display the alphabet with pictures low enough for children to freely see them.
  • Start a word wall and add in a few words at a time. Review each word with the students and include pictures that are familiar to them.
  • Label items throughout the child’s learning space. Make sure there is also a visual included with the words.
  • Grab a variety of magnetic letters, place the posters or smaller letter cards. on a cookie sheet and have the kids sort the magnetic letters using the posters to build letter matching skills.
– Life Over C's Aslphabet Posters for preschool with a food theme

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Letters?

The list can go on and on as to the importance of preschoolers learning the alphabet. Here are a few key points that should be focused on.

Alphabetic Principle

Alphabetic principle is the concept of letters and letter patterns representing the sound of oral language.

Reading Readiness

After learning the letters of the alphabet and combining the sounds they make; students will be one step closer to decoding words and eventually sentences.

Reading and Writing Names

Once your child is able to identify letters and put them together to form their name, attempts can be made to start writing those letters.

Early Writing

Don’t be concerned if you see lots of squiggles and lines representing letters on your preschooler’s papers. They are using inventive spelling and are well on their way to writing actually letters and words.

How to Make the Posters:

Step One:

Print the kids alphabet poster printables.

Step Two:

Cut the free alphabet printables for preschoolers in half. Laminate if desired.

– Life Over C's Letter P Alphabet Poster

Step Three:

Finally, decide how you want to use the alphabet recognition for preschool posters. Place them on a bulleting board, make a set of cards for learning, or put them at the literacy center, the options are endless!

Extend the Activity:

Letter Hunt

Have your child find pictures in magazines, in the newspaper, or online that start with the beginning sound of each letter poster.

Create a Book

Assemble the pages of the posters to create a book for the classroom library or even a display for a grocery play center.

Play Dough

Use the laminated alphabet posters to create playdough mats for letter formation. The dough can be formed into curves and lines to create the letter on the poster.

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– Life Over C's Food Alphabet Posters for Preschool
– Life Over C's Food Alphabet Posters for Preschool
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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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