Creating a literacy-rich environment is one of the top goals of a quality preschool, pre-k and kindergarten environment. Displaying words throughout the classroom helps children make the connection between written words and physical objects in their world. This free alphabet printable, the Kindergarten Word Wall Printable Alphabet for Kids, is a great tool for teaching the alphabet and beginning sounds using alphabet pictures and common words. It goes way beyond letter coloring pages without a ton of prep!

Letter B kindergarten word wall header with words below. Word wall words: bacon, ball, bee, ballerina, banana, boat accompanied with pictures of each word.

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Alphabet Word Wall Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Paper Cutter/Scissors
  • Laminating Supplies

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Learning With an Alphabet Word Wall

FREE PRINTABLE ALPHABET WORD WALL

PAIRING YOUR WORD WALL WORDS WITH YOUR LARGE GROUP AREA OR WRITING CENTER PROVIDE EASY WAYS TO INCORPORATE TEXT INTO YOUR DAY.

This word wall set includes both uppercase and lowercase letters on the headers so that kids can see both uppercase letters and lowercase together and build on their letter matching skills.

Line the alphabet up on a large space of wall or print at a smaller scale to fit onto a bulletin board.

When paired with your large group space you can use the word wall as you introduce new letters. Whether you use a letter of the week program or a different style of alphabet practice for your literacy program, this free alphabet word wall will provide lots of alphabet activities for kindergarteners and preschoolers.

As you introduce new letters to your children, you can easily focus on alphabet sounds as you review a wide variety of words that start with your focus letter.

Alphabet word wall letter a word wall header with words underneath: aquarium with image of two fish in an glass fish bowl, ant with a picture of a black ant

What Can Kindergarteners Learn Using An ABC Printable Word Wall?

extending your writing center

In a writing center you can use the alphabet word wall to focus on letter formation, writing words, and even letter tracing by laminating the cards and having the children trace the word cards. It takes the classroom alphabet line to the next level.

Place the word cards in a tray and have the children hang them below the correct letter. (This works great if you are using Stikki clips to hang the cards, so that the kids don’t have to mess with tape or sticky tack.)

More ways to use the word wall cards during large group activities:

  • Who can find capital letters that only have straight lines?
  • What are three words that start with the letter ____?
  • Who has a name that starts with ______?
  • As you sing alphabet songs, use the alphabet headers and point to the letters as you sing them.
  • Point out sight words, or letters that don’t follow the rules.
Letter B kindergarten word wall header with words below. Word wall words: bacon, ball, bee, ballerina, banana, boat accompanied with pictures of each word.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Use a Word Wall?

A word wall provides a common reference point for students. Whether they are working on letter identification, sounds, or words, it is a helpful tool at the writing center.

Background Knowledge

Placing content-specific vocabulary on the word wall helps broad kids’ background knowledge on many topics. Their vocabulary will grow with specific references to the words over and over.

Phonics Knowledge

Placing words by initial sound helps kids build important knowledge about letter sounds.

Support Independence

Word walls support students when they are reading or writing independently. When we teach them to reference the word wall, they have to put a number of skills into practice (ie., find the letter, know the sound, find the word)

Active Learning

Using a word wall interactively, ,as opposed to just letting it be on the wall without any focus on it, engages kids in active learning all year long.

How to Make the Kindergarten Alphabet Word Wall Printable

To Prep:

Print the word wall pages. Laminate as desired, then cut the cards and header cards out.

To Use:

Place the cards on a bulletin board, use them at the literacy center, or create a class game for circle time. The possibilities are endless!

Seasons & Themes

Add words throughout the year to go along with the current theme or season. Adding new words regularly keeps the wall interesting and the alphabet learning going.

Categories

Use only the cards that display food items or animals to introduce categories to your preschoolers and kindergarteners. Learn fun foods like “ugli fruit” and “ximenia”. Or expand common words like “onion” with an identifying word like a “Vidalia onion”.

Silly Sentences

Allow three children to choose a random word from the wall and then build a silly sentence using those words to build story writing skills.

Names

Create cards with the names of your students and have them place their card under the correct letter. This will help them both spell their name and with letter recognition.

ABC Order

Use the alphabet worksheet headers to introduce children to alphabetical order and concepts such as ‘A comes before C’ and ‘Z is the last letter’. Seeing the letters in order helps to solidify this concept.

Focus Word

Choose a word that matches a book that you are going to read during circle time and have the children call out the word when they see it on the page as you read.

Materials needed for the Alphabet Word Wall:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Pouches (optional)
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Sticky tack or Stikki Clips

I, personally, love using Stikki Clips to hang things on our walls because I can swap papers out easily or move them around the room without having to worry about sticky stack staying on the wall or sticking to the paper.

Letter B kindergarten word wall header with words below. Word wall words: bacon, ball, bee, ballerina, banana, boat accompanied with pictures of each word.
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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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2 Comments

  1. Love the freebies and hands-on activities! I have trouble with some of the pictures/words for the vowel sounds, such as “avocado” and “aquarium” for Aa, because preK and early K students need to hear the short-a sounds in these words to really cement the learning. I would not be able to use those activities because it would confuse the younger learners.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi there! With the wide selection of words included in this free resource, you can definitely pick and chose the words that offer the correct level of challenge for your learners.

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