Alphabet Coloring Sheet – Free Printable

alphabet coloring sheet A few weeks ago my son was home from school because of parent teacher conferences and I made him a Word Ladder Printable. While we were printing it out my daughter begged me to make her something special just for her. Time was short and I needed to start dinner but she was really sad that she didn’t have something. So I through this alphabet coloring sheet together. Matching upper and lowercase letters is still a fun activity for her and adding an element of secret code into it made it special. I didn’t plan this activity but she loved it! I wouldn’t call this a handwriting activity because the font used is anything but standard but coloring in the dots still takes good hand control and concentration.

Color coded alphabet

Gather your materials. You will need this printable ( click on the image above and print), crayons in the matching colors, and a clip board to hold everything still.secret code alphabet activity printable

Explain the sheet to your child by showing them the colorful lowercase alphabet on the bottom and telling them that they need to use the crayons to color in the uppercase alphabet in the same colors as the lowercase letters.color coded alphabet printable for preschool

That’s really it. So simple but not only are they working on the mechanics of writing they are working on letter recognition too! She dove right in and colored so carefully. color coded alphabet coloring sheet  for preschool

Lowercase p and q are still a little tricky but she figured it out. alphabet printable coloring sheet

When she was all done she recited the alphabet from A to Z. Then asked me for another sheet. I think 6 have been completed since in about 10 days which is usually just enough quiet time for me to answer a few emails that can’t be put off until after bedtime. color code letter recognition

Alphabet Books With Upper & Lowercase Letters

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eating the alphabet

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extraordinaire and perfect for a letter F since it’s all about food!  Wonderful paintings of fruits and vegetables seem ultra simple and it is but somehow the way the author has pieced this simple book together is brilliant. Maybe it’s that children learn about food at the table multiple times a day and feel proud being able to identify not only some of the letters but some of the pictures too! From a teaching standpoint I love that there are both upper and lower case letters on each page. This book will grow with your child, and beware it will also make you hungry.

chica chica boom boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is one of my absolute favorite books ever. Many alphabet books are great tools but this one not only entertains it never gets old. Its text is musical , its premise is brilliant in its simplicity and kids love it. My favorite line is ” Skit skat scoodle doot. Flip flop flee. ” I hope I am conveying how much fun this book is to read out loud. I have never had a class who didn’t like it and if you don’t have it, you should!

Alphabet Books For Kids

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra is a great alphabet book. I couldn’t help myself, I read it to my son to the tune of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom . It is clearly its own book though. The alphabet is getting ready for bed and just like your little ones, these lowercase letters are pulling out all their tricks and antics to avoid bedtime. Well almost all of them, z is more than happy to go to bed!  It’s a sweet book that your kids can relate to and I like that it focuses on lowercase letters.

 

Outdoor Alphabet Hunt

alphabet hunt outside learning It is so easy to turn a simple game into a educational one with a few additions. This alphabet hunt took me 5 minutes to plan and put together, including the maker test you will see below. I decided to use Duplo because even though it was sunny our yard has countless things that might get blocks wet or dirty. The Duplo are easy to clean and the connect together to create a full alphabet. This wasn’t the main purpose even though she naturally wanted to make the alphabet. Alphabetical order is not a huge concern at this age although using it as a tool to work on letter recognition can be useful. We used it as one way to see if we had all the letters. For children not eager to look for 26 letters try the letters in their name instead for older kids try sight words. For more alphabet ideas check out our Alphabet For Starters series.

Gather your materials. You will need some Duplo or other plastic interlocking blocks, a sharpie or two, a yard and you’ll want a dry erase marker to take the letters off when you are done using these blocks as letter blocks.duplo alphabet letter hunt outside

Start by doing a test on one block to make sure that the permanent markers you have will come off the blocks. I tested it out on a orange block. I wrote test on the block and waited 5 minutes. It was totally dry and then using dry erase marker I covered the whole word. Then wiped. It came off. I repeated this days later after doing the activity and the letters came off no problem. Test out your own on a small spot on the inside to make sure your marker comes off. duplo letter hunt

Write the letters on the blocks. alphabet hunt outdoors with duplo

Hide the blocks outside. We have a pretty big front yard so I spread them out!outdoor alphabet block hunt for kids

Time to search!alphabet hunt outside for preschoolers She found the first one right away. alphabet scavenger hunt for kidsNow depending on how many children are participating and what your specific learning goals are for your child you can add in some learning as they find the blocks too. I didn’t ask for every letter but every few blocks I would ask her what sound the letter made. Remember the sound is much more important than the name. I would also ask her to name something that started with the letter.alphabet hunt for kids outside

She started putting some letters together right away.alphabet hunt enjoying the sun

She took a break to soak in some sun.alphabet hunt outside for little kids

After we had many we put them into alphabetical order using the alphabet song as a guide. We also counted them and discovered we were missing some. We found all but one pretty easily. The v block was missing for a few hours. We went inside and took a break, then returned outside after a rest and snack and found it.

alphabet game outside

Have fun with letters.

Alphabet Books

Here are some great alphabet books to go with your activity. All book lists include affiliate links.

Alphabetter

Alphabetter by Dan Bar-el and Graham Ross is another great alphabet book for you to check out. Each letter is represented by a child who has something that starts with the same letter as their name but doesn’t have what they want which starts with the following letter. It’s such a cute gimmick and so effective while reading that it’s not a gimmick at all! At the end of the book all the children pass the items back down the alphabet and everyone gets what they want. Awesome book for toddlers on up !

Sleepy ABC

Sleepy ABC by Margaret Wise Brown . Although I have a legendary hatred of Runaway Bunny I generally love this author. I like this book, and the illustrations will zip you back in time for sure.  Unlike many alphabet books it has a great rhythm for reading it all without breaks. Like the title suggests it’s a good alphabet book for a bedtime read, it even ends with something I say to my kids every night  “Go to sleep!”

Alphabet soup

Alphabet Soup by Scott Gustafson is a treat! I read a lot of alphabet books and this one stands out for so many reasons. Otter is hosting a potluck and his animal friends are all bringing something to share. Each page is devoted to an animal with a coordinating food item and more. This book is reminiscent of Graham Base’s Animalia but much more toddler friendly. Where Animalia is great for older children because it’s so full of detail, this book brings it down a notch but still enchants you with stunning illustrations and fantastic coordinating text.

 

Stamp & Match – Letter Matching Activity For Kids

uppercase and lowercase letter match game for kidsI threw this activity together when my my daughter didn’t want to go outside and I didn’t want her to watch another Doc McStuffins. This quick fun letter matching activity did the trick and we got a little play and learning in before heading out for the day. This letter match activity is quick to throw together and doesn’t use up anything. If you don’t have alphabet stamps I can’t tell you how much I love and how often we use these stamps . <– Affiliate link so if you want to see what I am raving about you can. If you are looking for a similar idea for older kids try our Stamp & Spell activity.

Gather your materials. You will need some playdough, a tray, and letter stamps with both upper and lowercase letters.playdough letter matching activity for kids

Make small circles out of your playdough. You have probably noticed that I am not doing all 26 letters, that would be too much and overwhelm most kids. If you want to make sure you are going over all letters make a list and as you do different letter activities make sure all get some play over a few days. I like to have a balance of easy achievement with some challenge too. So choose a mix of letters that they are confident at matching and some that they still need to work on. playdough letter match activity for children

Using the uppercase letters press a letter in each blob of playdough. uppercase and lowercase letter match activity for kids

Place the lowercase letter stamps near by. letter match for kids

Invite your alphabet whiz to the table. Play! letter match activity for preschool and kindergarten

She got into it right away stopping only to ask me ” This is q right?” Q has been her one tricky letter since she started recognizing letters. letter match for preschool playdough activity

Keep going. stamp letter match for young kidsShe stamped them a few times which is great but if they only want to do it once that is fine too. You can flip the playdough blobs over and let them explore with the letters at their leisure too. letter match game for kids

Alphabet Books

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abc_x3

ABC x 3 English, Espanol, Francais by Marthe Jocelyn is a simplistic alphabet book in three languages. My daughter loved it and giggled while we tried to read the words in English, French and Spanish. I liked that some of the words were so similar in all three languages and some were completely different. The stark colorful illustrations by Tom Slaughter were a delightful bonus.

alphabets everywhere

Alphabet Everywhere by Elliot Kaufman is a book filled with letter shapes found in the environment. My 3 year old loved seeing all the photos of letters made out of doors, ladders, pipes, wood and more. I liked that the book caused her to recognize letters in different shapes. The letters are in alphabetical order so even if some of the images aren’t clearly a letter the order can help readers figure it out.

A isn't for fox

A Isn’t for Fox: An Isn’t Alphabet by Wendy Ulmer was fun to read aloud. The text is melodic and made my daughter laugh from cover to cover. The book goes from A to Z with funny rhymes about things that don’t start with the letter before revealing what does. Cute and more fun than a plain old alphabet book.

Alphabet Crafts For Kids

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I like to create alphabet crafts with kids because it gives children a chance to make the letters and become familiar with their shapes before they are able to master writing them.  One of my main goals with very young children is to let them get comfortable with letters so letters are accessible and not something mystical that only big kids and adults use to read and write. Letters are for everyone and aren’t just part of the alphabet in perfect order.

Most children will become familiar with the letters in their names or other significant letters first and even though it’s most useful for kids to learn lowercase many recognize uppercase first because most toys and book targeted at toddlers include them. My advice is to use what your child knows and introduce the rest ( upper and lowercase) at the same time through play. Above all else have fun creating and getting creative while learning the alphabet. Here are some of our favorite creative alphabet crafts to add a little letter learning into your craft time.

 

Family Letters
Letter Monsters
Alphabet Cookie Cutter Painting
Letter Pizza Craft
Flower Letter Garden
photo magnets
Alphabet Photo Magnets
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree
Funny Font Letter Collages
Alphabet Mural
Monogrammed Napkin Rings
letter constellations alphabet for starters
Letter Constellations
Letter Snowman
Magic Letters
Letter Watermelons
Disappearing Letters

In addition to these 15 alphabet art projects you can also dive into my more than 50 letter of the week crafts. We have uppercase crafts for every letter ( many more than one) and many lowercase letters too. Check out our Letter of The Week page for links to every letter.

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Felt Leaf Letter Match – Alphabet Activity

fall letter activityThis simple alphabet activity has many layers of exploration for our little ones. The soft felt leaves and hard clothes pins offer contrasting textures, opening and closing the clothes pins helps build hand strength, and of course there is letter recognition as well. Not bad for $3 in supplies from the dollar store. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters Series which aims to introduce and play with letters in fun dynamic ways.

Gather your materials. You will need some felt leaves ( I got mine at Dollar Tree ), a pen, and clothes pins. I also used my favorite little crates . leaf letter match letter recognition 3

Write the uppercase letters on the felt. I just used a regular old pen. I had to wipe the tip a few times but it worked great otherwise.leaf letter recognition activity for preschool

Write the lowercase letters on the clothes pins.leaf letter recognition for kids

Time to match. leaf letter match with clothes pinsWith younger children don’t just throw the whole alphabet to them. Give them 5 – 10 letters and then add more as needed. 10 was the perfect number for my daughter who is just 3. The act of matching the different forms of the letters was a bit of a challenge but if she would have had to dig through all 26 letters to find one she would have tired of this much sooner. Offer all 26 for older more experienced letter matchers.Leaf letter matching game for kids

Later in the day we played a game with the leaves and clothes pins. She would choose a clothes pin and tell me what letter it was then I would offer her a littler that did not match and say ” This is the match right?” She would say ” No! That is the letter XYZ.” until I offered her the correct leaf and she would cheer and clip it. She thought it was very funny to correct Mama. I also plan to use these letters for a indoor leaf hunt later this week. leaf letter match game for preschool

Don’t forget to use this activity as a conversation starter to talk about the leaves in the trees around your house. Are they changing yet? Talk about why and pop outside to have a look.

 

Fall Alphabet Books

t is for touchdown

T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog is a beautiful book that will delight even those of us who are never happy to see football season start. I admit even being an anti fan this book was fun and really full of information that even a football scrooge like myself can appreciate. Also it’s easy to read simply the letters and look at the pictures for little ones and has genuinely interesting blurbs for each page for older children.

Autumn Books

 Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur is a lovely book that is also a wonderful introduction into this form of poetry for young children. Each page has a poem about the season, from Acorns, to Owls to Pumpkins. Each letter of the words are a jumping off point for a sentence in the poem. The beauty of this book is that it reads well traditionally as well as individual poems which really makes it two books in one.

patty's pumpkin patch

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch  by Teri Sloat is a great alphabet book and story in one. Readers follow a pumpkin patch from planting the seeds until after Halloween when they gather the seeds for the next planting.  I really like how this book combines an alphabet book with both upper and lowercase letters corresponding to some animal or insect in the story . I also like the easy rhythm of the rhyming text and the engaging and detailed illustrations . All in all I think this is a great fall book.

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