Creating a letter collage or using letter mats are great alphabet activities to reinforce letter-sound associations. Are you looking for materials to use in your letter collages or on your letter mats? I have provided a large list of items to use for each letter of the alphabet
How to Make a Letter Page
To create a collage or letter mat you will first need to make a letter page. There are several ways to prepare your letter pages. You can draw a large letter on a piece of construction paper or card stock. If you are making letter pages for an entire class, you can make a letter pattern to trace onto each piece of paper or you can use a printable (I used editable ABC Collage Pages from my store for many of the pictures here).
Now, you can create a collage by gluing some of the materials listed below to the page. To make a letter mat, laminate the pages and kids can then place some of the items listed below inside the shape of the letter on each mat. If you would like a printable list, be sure to scroll down to the bottom.
Materials to Use on the ABC Collages or Letter Mats
A – apple stickers, animal stickers or small animals, ant stickers, plastic ants, toy ambulance, use the letter A as an airplane runway for a toy airplane, animal crackers
B – blue paper strips/collage items, blue sticker dots, balloon stickers, artificial berries, beads, buttons, dried beans, band-aids, small blocks, balloon painting, counting bears, bows, bubble paint
C – car stickers or stamps, crayons, cardboard scraps, candy, coins, cookies, small cars, candles, cubes, corn, crayons, print with a small corn on the cob
D – dot markers or dot stickers, dinosaur counters or stickers, dominoes, dice, plastic ducks, small plastic dinosaurs or dragons. dog stickers, dog treats, donut holes, dandelions, daisies
E – smashed egg shells, Easter egg stickers, erasers, small plaster eggs, googly eyes, print with half a plastic Easter egg, Elmo stickers, elephant stickers
F – feathers, dried or silk flowers, fingerprints, fish stickers, flag stickers, small flags, fruit loops, plastic frogs, plastic fish, photos of friends, photos of family members, foam, strips of foil
G – use glitter pens, glitter or glitter paper strips, green collage items, goldfish crackers, Easter grass, grass clippings, drips of glue, plastic grapes, pieces of gum
H – smiley face stickers (happy), heart stamps or stickers, hair (use doll hair from the craft store), Monopoly houses, small plastic horses, horse stickers, holes (make holes with a hole punch)
I – insect counters or stickers, ice cream stickers, ink, plastic ice cubes, ivy, broken ice cream cones, plastic icicle ornaments
J – jingle bells, jellybeans, jewels, jack-o-lantern stickers or erasers
K – keys,key prints, kite stickers, kale, kangaroo stickers/stamps, Hershey’s kisses, lip-print kisses,
L – letter stickers, legos, lace, ladybug stamps/stickers, leaves (real or silk), lentils, lids, lolly pops, plastic lemons, lemon prints
M – dried macaroni, marshmallows, play money, stick-on mustaches, markers, plastic mice, marble painting, m&m’s, monkeys (from a barrel full of monkeys game)
N – strips of newspaper, noodles, nest materials, number stickers, nose pictures, nuts
O – orange paper/collage elements, ovals, owl stickers/stamps, ocean stickers, oatmeal, mini oreos, ocean animals, cherrios
P – popcorn, purple paper or collage elements, puzzle pieces, paper clips, post-it notes, pennies, pom-poms, Pez candies, paw print stickers/stamps, pencil, paint, paper strips, photos of pets, peanuts
Q – squares of patterned fabric to look like a quilt, q-tips, quarters, question mark stamps
R – red paper or collage elements, rainbow stickers, rose petals, rough textures (sand paper), rocks, ribbons, rice, rainbow rice, rubber bands, ribbon strips, toy rings
S – snow (cotton balls, white puff balls, or fake snow used for Christmas village displays), snow flake stickers, white glitter, smiley face stickers, spaghetti noodles, stamps, sand, stars, sequins, strips of string, drinking straws, straw, streamers, sticks, seeds
T – toilet paper, strips of tape, triangles, train stickers/stamps, toothpicks, tissue paper, tickets, turtle stickers, plastic turtles, small toy tractors
U – letter u stamps/stickers, drink umbrellas, arrow stickers or stamps (up)
V – violet paper or collage elements, artificial violet flowers, vegetable stickers, vegetable pictures from a seed catalog, print with vegetables, Valentine stickers, vines
W – watermelon stickers, wheel prints, plastic worms, wagon wheel pasta, water color paint,
X – letter X stamp, x-ray strips (I found great x-ray printables HERE at Tried and True. I printed them on some vellum paper that I happened to have on hand and they look amazing), x tile spacers from the home improvement store, number six stamps,
Y – yarn, yellow paper or collage elements
Z – zig zags (cut small strips of zig zag paper using pinking scissors) zoo animals, zippers, attach a zipper to a block to make a zipper print or stamp, small zoo animals or zoo animal stickers
Get a Printable Materials List
Would you like a printable version of this list so that you will have it on hand when planning your alphabet activities? CLICK HERE and I will email a copy to you.
You can also use these letter pages for a name activity. Print a bunch of pictures of the kids in your class or pictures of your friends/family. Kids can then paste the photos on letter pages. Bind all the pages together into a family book or class book.
Letter collages or letter mats will make a great addition to your letter of the week activities. You can use pages individually or you can bind the pages together into an ABC or a book about a specific letter.
To find additional alphabet activities, check out my Pinterest board below.