Are you looking for alphabet activities that your kids will enjoy doing? This Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting activity will keep your kids busy for hours! I decided to share another holiday-themed activity because I know how difficult it can be to hold your kids’ attention this time of year!
Use this alphabet sorting activity to engage your kids in learning about the letters in our alphabet. Learning letter recognition is the first step towards helping advance your kids’ vocabulary and reading skills. Your kids will learn the capital and lower case letters during this alphabet sorting activity.
How do you teach alphabet recognition?
There are many ways you can alphabet recognition to your kids. Not only is this free alphabet sorting activity a great place to start, but there are also other ways you can work to teach alphabet recognition such as:
- Read aloud to your kids regularly.
- Teach your kids how to spell their name.
- Use magnetic letters.
- Prepare alphabet soup or cereal.
- Draw letters in sidewalk chalk.
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Teaching alphabet recognition is the first step towards teaching kids which letters can be combined to make words. This free alphabet sorting activity is just one of our many alphabet recognition activities featured on our site to help encourage a love of letters and reading.
Should you teach upper or lowercase letters first?
There is much debate as to whether you should teach upper or lowercase letters first. While society has taught us to teach kids uppercase letters first, there’s really no need to teach one before the other. While kids will need to learn that proper nouns are capitalized, you can develop a new curriculum or activity to help guide your kids forward in learning what type of words tend to be capitalized.
Using this Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting activity to guide your kids forward in learning both lowercase and uppercase letters at the same time helps combine alphabet recognition into one activity. Kids may have a hard time writing uppercase letters at first, but they can easily use this alphabet sorting activity to recognize both upper and lowercase letters.
How many letters should a 4-year-old know?
If you’re wondering how many letters a 4-year-old should know, it’s a safe bet that most 4-year-olds verbally know at least 1500 words. This does not directly translate to their level of letter recognition.
This alphabet sorting activity will help your 4-year-old kids learn how to recognize even more letters and words as you work to let them combine letters to create words that they already know.
The basic rule of them when it comes to wondering how many letters a 4-year-old should know is to simply work at their level.
While you may be using this Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting activity to teach many kids at once, you can easily use this alphabet sorting activity to gauge where each of the kids is at with their reading comprehension skills.
Teaching kids to recognize the alphabet is the first step towards helping them learn how to read and write.
Your kids will enjoy putting the “presents” aka the letters of the alphabet under each tree that features the same letter. This hands-on activity really helps your kids excel and have fun learning during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
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I have several Alphabet Sorting activities for you to use any time of the year, and this Christmas tree alphabet sorting activity is perfect for December. This helps keep your kids utilizing their excitement for the holidays in a fun hands-on learning activity.
Download your free alphabet sorting printable activity today. Laminate the printout and enjoy learning the letters of our alphabet with your kids.
How To Use The Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting Activity
There are a variety of ways that we have used Alphabet Sorting Activities.
The easier option to use the Christmas tree alphabet sorting activity is to use one sorting mat at a time. Lay out all of the letters, or a large portion of the letters. Your preschoolers can sort through the letter cards to find the correct matching letters to place on the Christmas tree alphabet sorting mats. As soon as your kids finish one mat, they can move onto the next one.
Feel free to have your kids sort the letters in alphabetical or random order for this fun letter recognition educational activity.
Another fun way to use the Christmas tree alphabet sorting activity works when you have a larger space for alphabet sorting. Simply place the letter mats on a surface and have the letter cards in a stack like a deck of cards. Your kids can pull a letter card from the deck one by one and place the letter on the matching Christmas tree alphabet card.
You can also pull out specific letters to work on, such as reversals like ‘b’ and ‘d’ or ‘p’ and ‘q’.
Additional Ideas for The Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting Activity
For added fun, you can create an alphabet scavenger hunt. Simply hide the alphabet cards all of the home or classroom and have your kids search for the letters. As your kids find the letters, have them match the letter on the appropriate letter mat. You can add an additional level of fun and competition by giving each kid their own list of letters. This means kids will have specific letters they must find on this alphabet scavenger hunt and can only match the letters they find on their list up with the alphabet activity mat.
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