Use letter activities like alphabet collages or letter mats to help kids learn letter identification and to reinforce letter-sound associations. Here are over 200 material ideas that you can use for your collages or letter mats. A printable reference list is included.
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. I even included a printable list that you can use as a reference.
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. Draw a large letter on a piece of construction paper or card stock. Make a pattern with a piece of cardboard or cardstock. Then, trace the letter onto pieces of paper. You can also 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. This is the fun part! If you want to make a letter mat that can be used over and over again, just laminate the pages. Then, kids can then place some of the items listed below inside the shape of the letter on each mat instead of gluing.
Materials to Use on the ABC Collages or Letter Mats
Sometimes it’s difficult to think of materials to use for each letter. I have helped you out with the huge list below. Scroll down to the bottom to get your printable list.
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
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, lollypops, 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 (….as in nuts and bolts)
O – orange paper/collage elements, ovals, owl stickers/stamps, ocean stickers, oatmeal, mini Oreos, ocean animals, cherios
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, foam 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 (sandpaper), rocks, ribbons, rice, rainbow rice, rubber bands, ribbon strips, toy rings
S – snow (cotton balls, white puffballs, or fake snow used for Christmas village displays), snowflake 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, watercolor 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 zigzag 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 on the link below to download your copy.
- 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.
- Use for letter of the week activities
- Make a book about a specific letter. Use a different material for each page.
Purchase The ABC Collage Sheet Printables
The editable printable ABC Collage Sheets shown in many of the pictures above can be purchased at my store. Use the sheets to create a custom alphabet book or use the pages individually. Click on the image below to purchase the resource.
I hope that you have fun using alphabet pages for letter activities. Do you have additional material ideas that can be added to the list? Please let me know.
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