Seven or eight years ago, I was teaching half-day kindergarten and needed to add more variety to the alphabet activities I was using with my class. I found that using the same alphabet worksheets from our district’s reading series was not only getting a little boring, but didn’t provide enough repeated practice. I came up with a set of alphabet activities and a couple years later, I added them to my TpT store.
I love updating popular resources with newer fonts and clip art, so this past summer I completed updated my Letter Activities Bundle. I also added new activities, including a fine motor pack and practice mats for center work.
I know many of you already own the bundle but might not realize that I added all of these new goodies! So, I wanted to go through the entire pack activity-by-activity today so you can take a look.
There are 11 different activity packs with the activities in an A-Z format. In the bundle, you’ll also find the activities sorted into packs by letter. For example, all of the letter Bb activities are put together in a pack.
Just a note: All of the activities use the hard /c/ sound for Cc and the /g/ sound as in the word “gate”. I also only used short vowel beginning sounds for the vowels.
Letter Coloring Pages
These are simple introductory coloring pages that also provide letter tracing and writing practice. I also included the word next to each picture so students can connect the first sound to the letter.
Spot and Dot Pages
My students and my own kids have always loved using dot markers, so I knew I had to include some dotting pages! The great thing about these is that they can be used as a reusable center activity as well. Simply laminate the page and provide students with mini erasers or colorful plastic chips to use to cover the letters.
These were in the older version of the pack, but I updated them with newer clipart. Students begin at the star and color the spaces with the target letter until they reach the picture. The mazes use both uppercase and lowercase letters.
Trace and Cut Pages
These trace and cut pages are a pretty standard but great reinforcement activity once students have been practicing a specific letter. I love that there are two incorrect pictures at the bottom so they have to apply letter sound knowledge and first sound isolation to determine the correct pictures.
These sorting pages are some of my most popular letter pages. Instead of being a typical letter sorting page, I used a variety of fun-yet-readable fonts when typing the letters. This provides a little bit more of a challenge. This is important because we all have had a student point to a lowercase g in a book and say, “Why is the g like that?” There are several letters that might look a little different based on who writes it or what font is used, and it’s important for our students to know that the letters they see in books or on posters might look a little different sometimes!
Alphabet Mini Books
These mini books are another popular activity. I absolutely LOVE using mini books in my classroom and I’ve created tons of them. I love these because there are several different types of activities packed into, well, a mini book! They include rainbow tracing (which is so fun!), regular tracing, coloring by beginning sound, writing words that begin with the letter, and more.
Are you even a kindergarten teacher if you don’t make crowns? Just kidding, of course, but seriously! Kids LOVE wearing crowns and they look pretty cute wearing them as they walk down the hallway. These updated crowns include the letter tracing and picture sorting portions, plus crown bands with extra letter practice!
Mystery Letter Pages
These mystery letter pages are brand-new to my Alphabet Bundle. They’re the perfect first color-by-number activity for your students to do. Not only do they have to color the picture correctly, but they also have to identify the letter.
Fine Motor Pack
This fine motor pack is also brand-new to my Alphabet Bundle. It’s one of the most-requested packs I’ve ever had and I was literally giddy to finally sit down and make it! It’s pretty similar to my other fine motor packs. It includes paper tearing, cutting puzzles, hole-punching cards, cover-up letters, clip-it cards, lacing letters, letter linking, sand writing, line tracing, letter tracing, tweezing mats, and dotting pages. WHEW. It’s guaranteed to be the only alphabet fine motor activities you’ll need all year. They’re really easy to add to morning tubs or literacy centers.
Sorting mats are a great addition to literacy centers and can be used in a ton of ways. Simply print and laminate the mat you want to use. Then gather up all of the hands-on letters you can find – magnetic letters, game pieces, mini erasers, tiles, etc. – then put them with the letter mat that you’ve chosen. They’re easy for students to interpret since they show the target letter and a sad face, which is where they put all of the “other” letters.
Tip: If you have a sensory bin in your classroom, put the letters in it and use that with these mats!
Last but not least, I added these building mats to the bundle this summer. Again, they’re super versatile. Students can use playdough to build the letters. Students can also build the letters with small objects, such as mini erasers or plastic chips. Or, the mats can be laminated and used with dry-erase markers. Add a color-sided die and it’s a simple but fun center activity!
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