8 Hands-on and Fun Ways To Teach The Alphabet

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Are you looking for some fun and hands-on ways to teach the alphabet to your little ones? Look no further! I’ve put together a list of 8 of my favorite activities that are sure to make learning the alphabet an enjoyable experience for both you and your students.

8 fun ways to teach the alphabet for preschools.  Image includes pictures of 8 different hands-on activities to teach alphabet identification, letter sounds, and letter formation.
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The Benefits of Hands-On Alphabet Activities

Hands-on activities are a great way to teach preschoolers because they

  • increase engagement
  • increase motivation
  • improve retention of information.

When kids get to participate in literacy activities that use their senses and get them moving, they’re more likely to have fun and remember what they’ve learned. That’s why I developed all the hands-on letter activities in my Alphabet Activity Bundle

These activities will help preschoolers learn letter identification, letter sounds & names in a fun and memorable way.

The Best Hands-on Alphabet Activities

I know that your kids will be so excited about these fun ways to teach the alphabet. Let’s check the out.

Alphabet Paper Tearing Activity

Teachers always tell me how much their kids enjoy my tearing paper activities. Here are some paper tearing activities with a twist….the images feature letters and sounds.

A paper tearing printable as an example of fun ways to teach the alphabet.  The printable features a picture of carrots and the phrase "c is for carrots".  A child tore orange and green paper and glued it to the printable page.

Your kids will build hand strength while learning letters and beginning sounds. With this activity, they’ll have so much fun tearing paper that they won’t even realize they’re building those fine motor skills.

Alphabet Hole Punch Activity

This hole punch letter activity is my favorite printable activity in the set, and it’s sure to be a hit with your kids too! They’ll love using a hole punch printable to learn letter recognition and letter sounds.

alphabet hole punch and cut strips fine motor activity for kids

And don’t worry, the fine motor practice they’ll get from punching the holes is just a bonus!

Alphabet Fine Motor Cutting Practice Books

Similar to my cutting practice mini-books, these little ABC books are a great way for kids to work on scissor skills and straight-line cutting while also learning letter identification, letter sounds and names. Plus, your kids can get practice in letter formation.

This activity will give your kids an opportunity to build scissor skills, plus using a stapler is an exciting way to build hand strength.

The activity is super easy to prep for you. Just cut the books apart for your kids.

little alphabet books are used as an example of fun ways to teach the alphabet.  The images shows a letter A book, a letter B books, a letter C book, and a letter D book before a child cuts them.

Then, your kids can cut the pages apart on the dotted line. The books are small, so it’s just the right amount of cutting for little hands.

Kids practice using scissors when they make these little alphabet book.  This picture shows the individual pages of a letter A book after a child has cut the pages apart.  This is an example of fun ways to teach the alphabet.

Finally, comes the FUN part. Get out a little stapler for your kids and let them staple the pages together. A stapler is almost as fun to use as a hole punch AND it is also a great tool for building hand strength.

A finished small letter B book after a child has cut the pages apart and stapled them together.  Example of fun ways to teach the alphabet.

Alphabet Letter Clip Cards

This activity is easily differentiated and hands-on, making it perfect for kids of all skill levels. They’ll get to listen for beginning sounds at the beginning of words and practice their fine motor skills with the clothespin clip. You can also purchase the Alphabet & Beginning Sound Clip Cards separately.

Letter sound clip cards are a great way to teach kids uppercase and lowercase letter recognition and letter sounds.  An example of 1 of 8 fun ways to teach the alphabet.

Alphabet Multi-Sensory Letter Cards

These versatile letter cards can be used for a variety of activities that will engage your kids’ senses.

forming letters with mini-erasers as an example of fun ways to teach the alphabet in preschool.

Use them for alphabet flashcards or for sensory and fine motor activities like finger-tracing, rainbow writing, playdough, stickers, paint, bingo markers, etc. Want to get ideas for using the tracing cards? Check out this article about using the alphabet cards for letter formation activities.

Alphabet Puzzles

These puzzles are a fun way for kids to match uppercase and lowercase letters while also learning letter sounds. They’ll love the bright images, too!

alphabet puzzle for preschoolers in a sensory bin filled with plastic bits

A fun way to use the learning puzzles for preschoolers is to add them to a sensory bin.

Alphabet Sound Sorting Activity

This activity is great for sorting pictures of objects and/or letters onto letter cards. Your kids will love the hands-on aspect of this activity, and you’ll love how it helps them learn their letter sounds.

A letter sound sorting activity used with a sensory bin.  An example of 8 fun ways to teach the alphabet.

The sorting activity also includes a variety of letter cards and is a great letter recognition activity you can do with your kids.

A letter sorting activity with a sensory bin used as 1 of 8 fun ways to teach the alphabet.

Alphabet Playdough and Tracing Mats

This multi-sensory alphabet activity is the best of both worlds! Your kids will get to work on their fine motor skills while also learning their letters. They can form letters with coils of playdough or use them for tracing practice.

These playdough ats are one of 8 different fun ways to teach the alphabet.  The printable letter B mat has a coil of playdough forming the letter B.

Take a look at each letter in the photographs above. Do you see the green dot on them? Those dots serve as visual cues to help your kids know where to start when forming each letter.

Bonus: you can even make alphabet books with the included cover pages.

Try out the 8 Fun Ways To Teach The Alphabet

So there you have it! Eight fun and hands-on ways to teach the alphabet. I hope these activities make learning the alphabet an enjoyable experience for your kids. Don’t forget to check out my Hands-on Alphabet Activity Bundle in my store!

alphabet hole punch activities as an example of 8 fun ways to teach the alphabet to preschoolers.

If you are not quite ready to get the bundle, I have created a sampler of the letter A activities. Once you try them out with your kids, you’ll be ready to get the activities for the remaining letters in the Hands-on Alphabet Bundle. Just click on the button below, fill out the form, and I will send the Letter A sampler to your inbox.

What Teachers are saying About this Alphabet Bundle:

Teachers who have used this resource are raving about it! Here is what they had to say after using it in their classroom:

We have been using this resource almost weekly this year! The students love hole punching and we love that they are building fine motor muscles and getting letter recognition/sound recognition at the same time!
Diona R.
Teacher
This is one of my BEST resources. I use it all the time. I am so happy I purchased it!



Karmen T.
Teacher

Purchase The Hands-On Alphabet Bundle Today

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