It’s well known to anyone that has been around children that they learn best through play and working with their hands. There’s just something about being able to touch and move a toy or manipulative that gets our kiddos excited about learning. Learning the alphabet can be challenging and occasionally boring to some children. Tracing alphabet sheets are not ideal for littles.

Let me help you release some of that boredom and jitters with learning the alphabet.

These free printable alphabet fine motor mats with beginning sounds are no exception. I am thrilled with how many ways this alphabet activity can be use with different fine motor materials.

Free printable alphabet fine motor tracing mats letter B uppercase and lowercase filled with star mini erasers

Learning About Alphabet Fine Motor Activities:

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letter recognition and identifying letter sounds in the first step in successful reading. Fine motor skills help children with using utensils, brushing their teeth, and turning the pages in a book.

These Alphabet Mats are beyond versatile!

I want to make sure that every activity I create is accessible for every child. So there are ways that you can use this fine motor alphabet activity with special needs kids, but you can definitely also use them with typical and advanced children!

In addition to practicing fine motor skills here are some more ideas for what you can teach about using the alphabet tracing printable:

  • Initial sounds
  • letter formation
  • Matching a sound or word to a picture
  • Segmenting sounds
Free printable alphabet activity mats for preschool literacy activities.

What Can Preschoolers Learn Using the Letter Tracing Alphabet Mats?

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Get them using more than their thumbs on a phone screen and prepare kids for writing skills that they will need their entire life.

Letter recognition & formation can be strengthened by showing the mat to the child and letting him or her fill the letter. This can be done in so many ways. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

Free printable alphabet outlines for beginning sounds and fine motor skills.
Alphabet activity for preschoolers with alphabet outlines to fill with mini erasers, Alphabet activity for Wikki Stix

How To Use This Beginning Sound Picture Mats:

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  • Print and laminate the activity for durability.

Using the Free Alphabet Printable

I have to tell you how much I love HP Instant Ink because it makes printing actually cheap. So I don’t mind printing at home and not on my work printer. (Hello, late night laminating sessions…) For real though, if you are not using HP Instant Ink yet, check it out here<<< It costs me something like $0.02 a page to print in full color. #insanity.

This is one activity that I definitely recommend laminating. Not only will it keep the mats safe from little hands longer, but if using the mats with say playdough or wikki sticks, you will need the lamination to make sure that the playdough or wikki sticks don’t stick to the paper and ruin it!

If you don’t have the option of laminating the activity you can slip the full pages into a page protector or write & wipe pocket.

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Use Wikki Stix to create cletters of the alphabet on alphabet outline mats for preschool literacy centers.
Wikki Stix alphabet cards for preschoolers. Alphabet fine motor activity for pre-k

Our Favorite Alphabet Books:

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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:

Adding A Challenge

When your child has mastered this activity have them write or use magnetic letters to construct the word in the picture.

Painting A Letter

Get even more creative using watercolors or finger paints to trace the letters on the letter tracing worksheets.

Matching Activity

Give your child additional pictures of words that start with each letter. See if they can match the new picture with the same beginning sounds picture cards.

Fine Motor Learning Activity

Get additional practice in fine motor skills with the Color Sorting activity.

Letters of the Alphabet

Try this Milk and Cookies Alphabet Sort to help your child recognize uppercase and lowercase letters.

Play a Game

Continue learning about letters and letter sounds with my Letter Magnetic Alphabet game.

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