FREE list: 200+ Materials for Preschool Letter Activities and Collages

Use letter activities like alphabet collages or letter mats to help kids learn letter recognition and to reinforce letter-sound associations. Here are over 200 material ideas that you can use for your collages, crafts projects, or letter mats. A FREE reference list is included.

Letter Crafts

There is much debate in the world of early childhood education about whether craft-making is appropriate.  While I am definitely a proponent of process art, I believe that preschool craft activities can be beneficial in several ways.  Crafts can provide opportunities to work on strengthening fine motor skills and following step-by-step directions.  I like to ensure that there is room for self-expression within the project.

Alphabet Collage

Alphabet collage is a craft project that can also help kids work on:

  • letter recognition
  • writing letters/ proper letter formation
  • reinforcing letter-sound associations
Letter activities like letter collages or letter mats are a great hands-on way to teach letter recognition, formation, & letter-sounds. Here are over 200 material ideas to use for every letter of the alphabet for crafts and activities. A printable list for art and other materials are included. Better than worksheets, these are the perfect fun literacy activity for your preschool and pre-k classroom or lesson plans or for learning at home... a sensory activity that your kids will love!

PLUS the project can provide a great sensory, tactile, and fine motor experience.    I have provided a large list of material ideas that will help you create a collage or craft for each letter of the alphabet.   I even included a printable list that you can use as a reference.

Fine Motor Activities

So you don’t want to do a craft project?  No problem.  The materials listed below also work for fine motor activities.  Kids can place the materials on a printable letter to work on

  • letter recognition
  • letter formation
  • letter-sound associations
alphabet activities with loose parts

A Note About Letter of the Week Activities

Just as the place of craft activities in the preschool classroom is up for debate, the use of a Letter of the Week is also controversial.  If you do a letter of the week in your classroom, you will love the material list to help you with ideas.  If you don’t introduce a letter of the week in your classroom, you will still find my material list useful as you introduce letters and revisit letters throughout the year.

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).

Letter activities like letter collages or letter mats are a great hands-on way to teach letter recognition, formation, & letter-sounds. Here are over 200 material ideas to use for every letter of the alphabet for crafts and activities. A printable list for art and other materials are included. Better than worksheets, these are the perfect fun literacy activity for your preschool and pre-k classroom or lesson plans or for learning at home... a sensory activity that your kids will love!

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.

Letter Project Material Ideas List

You can use just generic materials to fill in the letters, but sometimes it’s fun to use a material that starts with the same letter as the on the page.  This is where it gets tricky.  I know that you are super busy and you can’t always think of things to use.  So I have helped you out.

Here are a BUNCH of material ideas for each letter of the alphabet.  Look at all these ideas for letter activities!

Some of the ideas work well for craft projects, while others work better for a letter fine motor activity.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to get a printable list that you can always have on hand for reference.

Have fun and be creative!

Letter A Alphabet Activity Material Ideas

  • apple stickers
  • animal stickers
  • small animals
  • ant stickers
  • plastic ants
  • toy ambulance
  • use the letter A as an air
    plane runway for a toy airplane
  • animal crackers
  • avocado colored paint
letter activities with alphabet collage sheets and apple stickers

Letter B Alphabet Activity Material Ideas

  • 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
  • strips of bubble wrap
  • butterfly, bug, or bee stickers
  • plastic butterflies, bees, or bugs
letter activities for the letter b.  Alphabet collage sheets with beads.

Letter C Activities Material Ideas

  • car stickers or stamps
  • crayons
  • torn cardboard scraps
  • candy
  • coins
  • cookies or crackers
  • small cars
  • candles
  • cubes
  • corn kernels
  • print with an ear of small corn on the cob
  • cotton (or clouds)
  • confetti
Alphabet activities for letter c

Letter D Materials for Alphabet Activities

  • 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 or daisies
  • daisies
  • strips of denim
  • dirt
letter d alphabet activity ideas with an alphabet collage sheet and a dot marker

Letter E Material Ideas for Alphabet Activities

  • smashed eggshells
  • Easter egg stickers
  • erasers
  • small plaster eggs
  • googly eyes
  • print with half a plastic Easter egg
  • Elmo stickers
  • elephant stickers or stamps
  • emoji stickers or erasers
Use emoji erasers and letter collage sheets for a letter E activity.

Letter  F Activitiy Material Ideas

  • feathers
  • dried or silk flowers
  • fingerprints
  • fish stickers
  • flag stickers
  • small flags
  • fruit loops
  • plastic frogs
  • plastic fish
  • photos of friends or family
  • foam
  • strips of foil
  • fur
  • fluffy, fuzzy or just plain fabric
Alphabet activities with letter collage sheets.  Use foil for a letter F activity.

Letter G Activities Material Ideas

  • use glitter pens
  • glitter or glitter paper strips
  • green collage items
  • goldfish crackers
  • Easter grass
  • grass clippings
  • drips or drops of glue
  • plastic grapes
  • pieces of gum
  • golf tees
  • game pieces
letter g alphabet activities with collage sheets and glitter foam.

Letter H Materials

  • 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)
letter h activities with printable collage sheets and smiley face stickers.

Letter I Activities with these Materials

  • insect counters, stickers or stamps
  • ice cream stickers
  • ink
  • plastic ice cubes
  • ivy
  • broken ice cream cones
  • plastic icicle ornaments
  • paint with ice
letter I activities for preschoolers.  Use silk ivy on a printable letter I sheet.

Letter J Activity Materials

  • jingle bells
  • jellybeans
  • jewels or jewelry
  • jack-o-lantern stickers or erasers
  • junk food wrappers
  • jigsaw puzzle pieces
  • jeans (denim fabric scraps)
  • jungle plants
  • jacks
  • pieces of jump rope
Make a letter j activity for your preschoolers with this printable and craft jewels.

Letter K Activity Materials

  • keys
  • key prints
  • kite stickers
  • kale
  • kangaroo, kitten, or koala stickers/stamps
  • Hershey’s kisses
  • lip-print stickers (kisses)
  • small king playing cards
  • kettle corn
letter k activity with a printable and a key prrint.

Letter L Activity Materials

  • letter stickers
  • legos, lace
  • ladybug stamps/stickers
  • leaves (real or silk)
  • lentils
  • lids
  • lollipops
  • plastic lemons
  • lemon prints
  • Christmas lights
letter l activity with an alphabet sheet and silk leaves.

Letter M Activity Material Ideas

  • dried macaroni
  • marshmallows
  • play money
  • stick-on mustaches
  • markers
  • plastic mice
  • marble painting
  • m&m’s
  • monkeys (from a barrel full of monkeys game)
  • mud or mulch
  • magnets
alphabet activity for the letter m.  Use mud paint on a letter m printable.

Letter N Activity Material Ideas

  • strips of newspaper
  • noodles
  • nest materials
  • number stickers
  • nose pictures
  • nuts (….as in nuts and bolts)
Use newspaper for a letter n activity for your preschoolers.

Letter O Activity Material Ideas

  • orange paper/collage elements
  • ovals (print with a squished paper towel roll)
  • owl stickers/stamps
  • ocean stickers or small plastic ocean creatures
  • oatmeal
  • mini Oreos
  • ocean animals
  • cheerios
  • stamp or paint with sliced okra
Letter o alphabet activity for preschoolers with a letter printable and an oval print.

Material Ideas for Letter P Activities

  • popcorn
  • purple paper or collage elements
  • puzzle pieces
  • paper clips
  • post-it notes
  • pennies
  • pom-poms
  • Pez candies
  • paw print stickers/stamps
  • pencil
  • paint
  • torn paper
  • photos of pets
  • foam peanuts
  • pasta
  • pieces of plastic
Make a simple letter P activity with this alphabet printable and puzzle pieces.

Material Ideas for Letter Q Activities

  • squares of patterned fabric to look like a quilt
  • q-tips
  • quarters
  • question mark stamps
Make a simple letter q activity for preschoolers with this alphabet printable and squares of fabric.

Letter R Activity Materials

  • red paper or collage elements
  • rainbow stickers
  • rose petals
  • rough textures (sandpaper)
  • rocks
  • ribbons
  • rice
  • rainbow rice
  • rubber bands
  • ribbon strips
  • toy rings
  • rhinestones
alphabet activities for the letter r - Use silk rose petals and this letter printable for a fun hands-on activity.

Letter S Activity Materials

  • snow (cotton balls, white puffballs, or fake snow used for Christmas village displays)
  • white playdough
  • snowflake stickers
  • white glitter (snow)
  • smiley face stickers
  • spaghetti noodles
  • stamps
  • sand
  • stars
  • sequins
  • strips of string
  • drinking straws
  • straw
  • streamers
  • sticks
  • seeds
  • soil
alphabet activity idea for the letter s.  Use a printable alphabet activity sheet with foam snowballs.

Material Ideas for Letter T Alphabet Activities

  • toilet paper
  • strips of tape
  • triangles
  • train stickers/stamps
  • toothpicks, tissue paper
  • tickets
  • turtle stickers
  • plastic turtles
  • small toy tractors

Letter U Materials

  • letter u stamps/stickers
  • drink umbrellas,
  • arrow stickers or stamps (up)
alphabet activity ideas for the letter u with a letter printable and mini umbrellas

Material Ideas for Letter V Activities

  • violet paper or collage elements
  • artificial violet flowers
  • vegetable stickers
  • vegetable pictures from a seed catalog
  • print with vegetables
  • Valentine stickers
  • vines
Alphabet activity ideas for the letter V.  Use Valentine's Day stickers on a letter V alphabet page.

Material Ideas for the Letter W

  • watermelon stickers
  • wheel prints
  • plastic worms
  • wagon wheel pasta
  • watercolor paint
  • water drops (on a laminated letter)
  • strips of washi tape
alphabet activities for preschoolers for the letter W.  Use these letter printables and paint them with watercolor.

Letter X Activity Material Ideas

alphabet activities for preschoolers for the letter X

Letter Y Materials

  • yarn
  • yellow paper or collage elements
letter Y activities for preschoolers

Letter Z Materials

  • 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
  • zebra stamps or stickers
alphabet activities for preschoolers - ideas for the letter z

Get a Printable Materials List

Letter activities like letter collages or letter mats are a great hands-on way to teach letter recognition, formation, & letter-sounds. Here are over 200 material ideas to use for every letter of the alphabet for crafts and activities. A printable list for art and other materials are included. Better than worksheets, these are the perfect fun literacy activity for your preschool and pre-k classroom or lesson plans or for learning at home... a sensory activity that your kids will love!

Would you like a printable version of this list so that you will have it on hand when planning your letter activities? Click on the link below to download your copy.

Additional Ideas

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  • 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.
  • Make a book about a specific letter.  Use a different material for each page.
  • Create a name book featuring the letter in each child’s name.

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.

alphabet collage activity sheets

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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