Are you looking for preschool alphabet activities that your kids will enjoy? This Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting activity will keep little hands and minds busy for hours! I decided to share another holiday-themed activity because I know how difficult it can be to hold kids’ attention this time of year!

Use this preschool Christmas-themed alphabet sorting activity to engage your students in learning the alphabet. Letter recognition and letter sounds are the first steps toward future reading skills. This fun activity allows children to explore the capital and lower case letters, leaving plenty of room in your lesson plans for differentiation.

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Recommended Grade Level:

Christmas Alphabet Sort Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Paper Cutter
  • Laminating Supplies

Learning Letter Recognition in Preschool


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 1,500 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.

It’s important to allow preschoolers to work at their level. You don’t want to overwhelm them with too many letters at once. When a child reaches frustration level, it’s time to pull back to a manageable number of letters. Differentiate the preschool Christmas printable for each learner so they feel successful.

While you may be using Christmas alphabet activities in Kindergarten or preschool to teach many kids at once, you can easily use this alphabet sorting activity to assess progress for each of your students.

Students that are able to match the letters proficiently can move on to exploring letter sounds, putting the cards in alphabetical order, or other precursors to learning to read like identifying words that begin with each letter sound.

Your kids will enjoy putting the Christmas “gifts,” aka the letters of the alphabet, under each tree that features the same letter. This Christmas lesson for preschoolers redirects attention from candy canes, the gingerbread man, Christmas songs, and more during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

I have several Alphabet Sorting activities for you to use any time of the year! This Christmas activity for preschoolers printable alphabet sorting activity is perfect for December. It uses kids’ excitement for the holidays in a fun, hands-on learning activity.

Download your free Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting printable activity today. Laminate the printout and enjoy watching your learners engage.

  • What is the name of that letter?
  • What sound does it make?
  • Do you have that letter in your name?
  • Can you think of another word with the same sound?
– Life Over C's Alphabet uppercase and lowercase sorting activity for Preschool Christmas themes

How Do You Teach Alphabet Recognition?


There are so many ways to incorporate playful learning with learning to identify letters! This free alphabet sorting activity is a great place to start, but there are other ways preschool teachers bring hands-on learning into (and out of) the classroom:

  • Read aloud to your kids regularly
  • Teach your kids how to spell their name
  • Use magnetic letters
  • Alphabet letter sorts
  • Draw letters in sidewalk chalk
  • Stock a literacy center with dry erase boards/markers, pens, pencils, crayons, paper, playdough, etc.

Christmas activities for preschoolers that teach alphabet recognition provide a valuable foundation for learning letter sounds and later combining those sounds into words. This free Christmas alphabet printable is just one of our many alphabet recognition activities featured on our site to help encourage a love of letters and read

– Life Over C's Sort uppercase and lowercase presents onto the matching Alphabet Christmas trees in this free printable Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting Activity for Preschoolers

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About The Alphabet?

Learning letter identification and sounds is the first step of success toward learning to read! It forms a crucial foundation for kids to build upon.

How to Make the Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting

To Prep:

Print the printable Christmas tree activity. You can choose color or black and white. Next, laminate for durability and cut the trees and presents.

To Use:

There are a variety of ways to use 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 on to 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 requires a larger space for alphabet sorting. Simply place the letter mats on a surface and stack the letter cards 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.

– Life Over C's Sort uppercase and lowercase presents onto the matching Alphabet Christmas trees in this free printable Christmas Tree Alphabet Sorting Activity for Preschoolers

Play Dough: Use the Christmas tree letters as play dough mats to practice forming each letter. You could also trace each letter with a finger or dry erase marker.

Scavenger Hunt: Hide the gift letters in a sensory bin/around the room. As children find a letter they can name it and place it on the correct mat.

Memory Game: Use one uppercase/lowercase present set of each letter. Lay them in a grid upside down and play memory match.

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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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