Free Alphabet Tracing Cards for Preschoolers

Boy, if I had a nickel for every time I sang to my preschoolers, “Where do we start our letters? AT THE TOP,” I think I might be able to retire early! Correct letter formation is SO important when children begin writing letters. I have learned that bad habits (ie., starting from the bottom) are VERY hard to break in young learners. These Free Alphabet Tracing Cards for Preschool are designed to instill correct letter formation.

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Learning to Write Alphabet Letters:

HANDWRITING with preschoolers

LEARNING LETTER NAMES AND LETTER SOUNDS ARE OFTEN PRECURSORS TO WRITING LETTERS.

Preschoolers are not developmentally ready to produce amazing handwriting on lined paper.

It’s super important to build prerequisite skills in handwriting before putting formal pencils to formal paper. Free alphabet printables, like alphabet tracing cards, provide a means of scaffolding that all children need.

I love to place preschool alphabet printables at the literacy center along with magnetic letters, unlined paper and crayons, whiteboards and markers, and other writing supplies, to encourage kids to explore.

The alphabet tracing pages provide visual guidance on where to start and stop letters, and which direction to draw the lines.

In addition to learning correct letter formation with these engaging alphabet cards, your students can also practice letter recognition and sounds.

Here are some things young learners can think about while engaging with letter tracing worksheets.

  • Where do we start our letter tracing?
  • Does this letter have straight/curved lines?
  • Do you have to pick up your hand to make new lines?
The letter tracing card for the letter A in a case with a dry erase marker.

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Materials needed for the Uppercase Alphabet Tracing Printables:

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Overhead view of the alphabet tracing cards activity.

How To Use The Free Alphabet Tracing Printables

TRACING LETTERS with preschoolers

THIS FREE WORKSHEET PRINTABLE CAN BE USED IN MANY WAYS! IT’S IMPORTANT TO START YOUR STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE ABLE TO SUCCEED. IF THEY AREN’T READY TO PICK UP A DRY ERASE MARKER, USE A FINGER!

Alphabet activities with preschoolers should be so fun and engaging that they don’t even realize the valuable work that’s happening!

To use the alphabet worksheets for tracing:

  1. Point out the star as the starting point for each line. Then, show your students how the arrow points in the direction to draw each line.
  2. Let them practice! Focus on starting points and ending points, not on letter perfection. Students need a lot of practice before they are able to form scribbles and squiggly lines into real letters.

You can also have kids identify the picture on each letter page, to begin to teach them how to isolate the first sound in a word. There are many other uses for these engaging uppercase letter mats!

How To Use The Free Alphabet Tracing Printables

TRACING LETTERS with preschoolers

THIS FREE WORKSHEET PRINTABLE CAN BE USED IN MANY WAYS! IT’S IMPORTANT TO START YOUR STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE ABLE TO SUCCEED. IF THEY AREN’T READY TO PICK UP A DRY ERASE MARKER, USE A FINGER!

Alphabet activities with preschoolers should be so fun and engaging that they don’t even realize the valuable work that’s happening!

To use the alphabet worksheets for tracing:

  1. Point out the star as the starting point for each line. Then, show your students how the arrow points in the direction to draw each line.
  2. Let them practice! Focus on starting points and ending points, not on letter perfection. Students need a lot of practice before they are able to form scribbles and squiggly lines into real letters.

You can also have kids identify the picture on each letter page, to begin to teach them how to isolate the first sound in a word. There are many other uses for these engaging uppercase letter mats!

Closeup of the tracing card for the letter C from the Alphabet Tracing Cards activity.

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Other Ways To Use The Alphabet Tracing Cards:

Sequencing Cards

Put the cards in alphabetical order, or help your child spell simple words and names with the cards.

Create a Book

Print the letters on regular printer paper, staple them in ABC order and send them home for extra practice.

Letter Matching

Make two sets of cards for students to find matches. You could even flip them over for a giant version of a memory match game.

Sensory Bin

Turn the colorful printable into playdough mats. Students can form each letter by placing playdough on top of the given lines.

Beginning Sound Sort

Sort objects or pictures by beginning sounds onto the appropriate letter mat.

Play a Game

Engage students with an alphabet tracing game! Create six piles of evenly divided letters. Students can roll a die, count to that letter, and then trace it.

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