Learning the alphabet is one of the first academic skills to be mastered, but that doesn’t have to meaning boring alphabet worksheets, flashcards, and memorization drills. Learning is meant to be fun and for younger children it should definitely be play. Play-based learning has been shown to be the most effective way of acquiring new skills. Free printable alphabet activities like this no prep Snowman Spin and Stamp are perfect for children who are learning and practicing letter recognition. Kids love the interactive nature of the activity and it’s so easy to turn into a game! They are the perfect addition to our collection of 250+ free printables.
Snowman Spin and Stamp: A Letter Recognition Activity
This Spin and Stamp Letter Recognition printable for preschool is a great way for kids to learn uppercase and lowercase letters while also empowering them with a new way to “write”.
Materials Needed for the Spin & Stamp
Letter Recognition Printable
The prep for this activity is so simple. The first thing I do is print out each letter mat. Even if I don’t plan to use every page that day, it is nice to have ready when I need an activity quickly. You can print on either traditional paper or cardstock.
To create a spinner, place a paper clip around the tip of the pencil as shown above.
Playing with this game is just as simple as the prep. Kids can hold the pencil down and use their finger to flick the paperclip and it will spin. Then have the kids stamp the uppercase or lowercase letter that was spun. We love these kid-sized alphabet stamps because they are super easy for the kids to hold and see what they are stamping.
These are our favorite alphabet stamps:
If your child is working on sight words, this would be an excellent canvas for practicing sight words. Instead of the child only stamping the letters, the child can choose sight words that begin with that letter. The upper and lowercase can still be honored.
Another idea is to lay out a handful of letter mats. Mix up the letter stamps. These can be just a few letters, upper and lowercase or one or the other – totally up to you and what your kids can handle without overwhelm. Ask the child to pick a stamp and find the corresponding letter mat and stamp. Move on to the next stamp, find the corresponding mat, and so on.