Teaching the alphabet to preschoolers requires lots of hands-on practice. If kids aren’t engaged, they aren’t going to learn. I love to vary the alphabet learning activities for my students so they never get bored. If your goal is also to make learning fun, the Alphabet Spin & Cover Printables and Centers will help you achieve that goal! Your students will have fun building letter recognition with these fun alphabet activities for kindergarten, preschool, or whoever needs it. I included both a color version and black-and-white. Just print, add a spinner, and your students will be well on their way to learning the alphabet with ease.

Recommended Grade Level:

Alphabet Spin & Cover Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Laminating Supplies (optional)
  • Paperclip/Fastener
  • Small Manipulatives

Learning Alphabet Activities in Preschool

FREE ALPHABET PRINTABLES

FUN ALPHABET GAMES ARE KEY IN PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN. KIDS NEED TO HAVE FUN WITH LETTER ACTIVITIES SO LEARNING IS MORE OF AN AFTER THOUGHT.

While alphabet worksheets are a great way to assess how kids are doing, they aren’t the best way for students to get that repeated practice necessary for mastery.

Learning the letters of the alphabet should be fun! I love Spin & Cover games, because they’re not only fun, but they also help build fine motor skills each time toddlers, preschoolers or kindergarteners spin the paperclip.

Printed in color and laminated, these make great word work centers.

Printed in black and white they make versatile printables that you can use for individual work or centers. This can be done with bingo daubers or crayons.

To use as centers without laminating, simply place one of the pages into a protective sleeve such as a page protector, plastic pocket or an unsealed individual laminating pouch. This will allow you to have color without the additional cost of laminating each page.

In addition to recognizing and naming letters, you can encourage more learning with questions before/during/after this ABC game:

  • Do you have this letter in your name?
  • What sound does it make?
  • Is it made with curvy lines/straight lines or both?
  • What words start with the same letter/sound?

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Playing Alphabet Spin & Cover?

ALPHABET LETTER RECOGNITION IN PRESCHOOL WORKSHEETS AND GAMES

ALPHABET MATCHING GAMES

Playing an interactive letter game helps children build a solid foundation in a lot of different skills:

  • Letter names
  • Letter sounds
  • Letter formation
  • Visual discrimination

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn The Alphabet?

Learning the alphabet by sound (phonetic), alphabet printables (written), and games (visual) gives kids a solid background for learning how to read. It’s a first step toward decoding and learning sight words.

Foundation: Learning the alphabet is the first step toward reading and writing, building the foundation for future academic success.

Communication: Familiarity with the alphabet enables kids to recognize and understand letters, fostering effective communication through written language.

Vocabulary: Understanding the alphabet introduces children to letters and their corresponding sounds, facilitating the expansion of their vocabulary.

Cognitive: Learning the alphabet stimulates memory, attention, and problem-solving abilities, supporting overall cognitive growth in young learners.

How to Make The Alphabet Spin & Cover Games

To Prep:

Print and laminate (optional).

Before you are ready to start playing, use a pencil and paper clip to create a spinner.
Alternatively, for use in a center, you can also create a fixed spinner using a brad and paper clip.

To Play:

Spin and then cover a letter that matches the type of letter: uppercase or lowercase.

You can also play this alphabet activity as a partner game by taking turns spinning and covering. There does not need to be a winner, this is just a fun team effort game.

If using these as individual printables, you can have the students color the circles with crayons or bingo daubers.

For letters with an uppercase and lowercase that look similar, I have carefully made sure to show the lowercase letters in a smaller font size to differentiate between the two.

Your kids will enjoy playing this game and practicing the difference between upper and lowercase letters.

Extend the Activity

Sensory Bin

Hide magnetic letters in the sensory bin. If you have uppercase and lowercase, that is ideal. Kids can spin and then find a matching format in the sensory bin instead of covering on the gameboard.

Write Letters

For students ready to practice writing letters, you can place paper or a dry-erase board next to the game. Each time a letter is covered, students can write it on the board for practice.

Worksheet

When kids are comfortable naming/recognizing many letters, they can show what they know on free printable letter recognition worksheets. This provides a nice written record to share with parents.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
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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