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.

 

Phonics Game for Kids Who LOVE Princesses

phonics game for kids princess toys I am glad I read the book Cinderella Ate by Daughter before my own daughter was “eaten” herself. My daughter loved princesses and tutus… and bulldozers too. My point is that instead of fighting these obsessions we can use them for a greater good, like learning! This is a quick phonics game that only took 5 minutes to set up ( 4 of which was me trying to find Jasmine in my daughter’s bedroom) and she played it 3 times in a row.  All I had to do was set it up and say ” I made you a game, and it’s got princesses!”

Here is how we did it.

Gather your materials. I grabbed all her Little People princesses, a sheet of card stock, a marker, a clip board, and a tray for the princesses. I set this up in our sun room right where we have to pop on shoes before leaving for preschool because that’s been a challenge for us lately. I decided to lure her to where I wanted her to be without a struggle. This did the trick. phonics game princess letter sounds

I wrote out the first letter of each Princess ( or prince) on the paper.

princess letter sounds activity for kids

All ready for matching!

letter sound activity for kids who love princesses

She played as she matched up. Belle and The Beast were very happy to see that their letters were so close together.

princess letter sounds match up

The second time around there was some debate about Aurora or Sleeping Beauty? Use these sort of questions to say ” If she is Aurora what letter sound would she make? What about Sleeping Beauty?”letter sound matching game with princesses

The other issue that popped up was that my daughter is starting to break words down and she wanted to match up the 2nd, 3rd, and last sounds she heard in the names. This derails the activity m but in a completely awesome way. Stop and chat about all the sounds if they do this. When children start noticing things like this jump on it but only when they are ready. With my daughter we talked about how she could hear a r in Aurora, and d sound in Aladdin.  Listen carefully and even if it’s not completely in line with the lesson follow their lead.princess letter matching

And make sure that you set this out with plenty of time to play before preschool… we were a little later than usual that day. I had no idea she’d play so many times.

princess letter sounds matching game

 

Princess Books For Kids

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TenBigToesandaPrincesNose

Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose by Nancy Gow  is a story about two very different fairytale characters. They may be a prince and a princess but they are definitely different . I love the book’s rhyme ” I am what I am and that’s alright with me.” which is such a fantastic message to self acceptance and before confidence can be built we must accept who and what we are . The love story is pretty cute too, it is a fairytale after all.

Paper_Bag_Princess

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch has enchanted me for years. I bought it while volunteering as a leader in training at a day camp when I was a teen. It’s followed me to many schools, children I babysat and finally my own son. I can’t remember one child ever not liking it. It’s a story of Elizabeth a princess who outwits a dragon to rescue her prince. I love that the author has switched the typical damsel in distress and has the princess as the heroine. Some parents have expressed concern about Elizabeth calling the prince a “Bum” in the end of the book, personally I love it. I have always used it to explain why she was so angry, and as a reminder why calling names hurt. That said I think she is totally justified !

NotAllPrincessDressInPink

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen .This book is not so much about being different and facing adversity but about being yourself even if the world has decided you should fit perfectly into the mold it’s given you.  When we think of Princesses we think pink, sparkly and dry clean only! These princesses can’t be pigeonholed, they do what’s in their heart not what’s expected of them just because they are princesses. The princesses have all different interests, all different looks and I love that there are some with glasses too. Strong girls being themselves isn’t too different but for a book about princesses it is and it’s refreshing to read.

 

Quick Supply Links
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Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess
Fisher-Price Little People Disney’s Aladdin and Jasmine
Fisher-Price Little People Disney 2 Pack: Belle and Beast
Solid Wood Tray ( part of a wooden food set)
Array Card Stock
Permanent Marker

 

Shell Letters – Alphabet Activity

learning activity letter formationThe beach and playdough are two of our very favorite things. Put them together and you have the perfect tactile summer letter activity. My daughter has been able to recognize her letters for a long time as well as their sounds but forming those letters is still something we are working on often. This alphabet activity combines textures to make creating letters truly hands on.  As you will see after the initial activity she modified it for more play while I sat back and marveled at how quickly she went from a baby to a child… some days you just need to stare at them don’t you?

Gather your materials. You will need some shells, playdough, a cutting board or other playdough friendly surface, card stock, marker, some fun containers and a little letter engineer ready to explore.shell letters letter recognition for kids

I made little letter cards and since our shells were so rigid I only wrote out letters with straight lines like A, E, F, K, etc…beach shell letters

Start by setting things up. When I make an invitation to learn like this I usually have it set up so she knows what to do and then let her explore with out me interjecting. In a classroom I would have this set out on a table and allow the students to come and go ( or not come and go) as they pleased.shell letter cards

First she pressed the playdough down into a flat surface.shell playdough letters

Then she dove right in using the shells to create letters that matched the cards.making letters with shells and playdough

Some took more planning than others.thinking sabout how to do it shell letters

Then she changed things up and started using the shells to write in the playdough. writing with shellsAs the play shifts encourage the exploration. Activities like this are invitations and when they start exploring like this please don’t stop them. She was still learning and having fun even if she wasn’t still doing the planned activity. That is not a bad thing, roll with their discovery! shell letters explore

 

 

 Books About The Beach

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At-The-Beach-

At the Beach by Anne and Harlow Rockwell .A little girl visits the beach with her mom. She plays in the sand, hunts for shells, takes a swim before she settles in to a nice beach lunch. A visit to the beach can be a full day and this story gives the reader a great description of what to expect. This is great for young kids who haven’t been to the beach. It explains using a young girl’s point of view what you bring to beach and what you can expect to do once you’re there. The illustrations are muted and warm and fill the page and included our young red-haired beach girl enjoying herself in each one.

squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt is hilarious, I actually snorted while reading it. I love books like this that have absurd humor thrown in with a great story. Before you even start flipping pages on the inside flap you will notice a blurb that ends with “This story is not suitable for pirates” it just makes me giggle! The story follows the most anxious squirrel you’ll ever encounter as he tries to make his own beach, only to end up at a busy one! What I love about this book are the details, the small asides will have you laughing and the main story will keep even young ones totally entertained. Super fun and a great message about overcoming fears as well.

what lives in a shell?

What Lives in a Shell? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is great book in my favorite science series the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out . This book is a little long for toddlers but really great for preschoolers and easy to break into parts. The book starts talking about snails, then moves to turtles and finally sea shells. Like the others in the series this book break down facts to a preschoolers level without loosing any substance. If you are looking for a non fiction book for your little one, you must check out this series, they are hands down my favorite non fiction for young children.

Read & Make : Letter Of The Week

letter of the week books Letter of The Week crafts are one of our most popular series on No Time For Flash Cards and one of my most frequently asked questions via email are for good books that can go with each letter craft we have. Instead of just throwing out a bunch of books that subject start with one of the letters I have used books that are about the subject used for the craft. The letter is in context and real connections can be made. If you follow a letter of the week curriculum remember to use these crafts as one part of it and focus on the whole alphabet most of the time using alphabet books and other whole alphabet activities as well. Each pair is linked to the original letter of the week craft and the book title is an affiliate link to Amazon.com .

Read and Make ABC ARead The Lady with the Alligator Purse and make an alligator A.

Read and Make ABC BRead Buzz and make a buzzy bee letter B craft.
Read and Make ABC CRead The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make a simple caterpillar C craft .
Read and Make ABC DRead The Paper Bag Princess and make a letter D dragon craft.
Read and Make ABC ERead First the Egg and then make a sweet Egg E craft.
Read and Make ABC FGet patriotic and read Hats off for the Fourth of July then make a Flag F craft.
Read and Make ABC GRead In the Tall, Tall Grass and then make a grass G letter craft.
Read and Make ABC HRead My Heart Is Like a Zoo together and then create this letter H craft filled with hearts.
Read and Make ABC IRead Ice Cream: The Full Scoop and then create your own Ice Cream I letter craft.
Read and Make ABC JRead If You Were A Jellybean then create your own Jellybean J letter craft.
Read and Make ABC KRead all about kites in Kite Flying then make your own Kite K craft to go with it.
Read and Make ABC LLearn about leaves with Leaf Man then find your own and make this leaf L craft.
Read and Make ABC MGo with Sally to the mountains in Sally Goes to the Mountains then make a Mountain M craft at home.
Read and Make ABC NCount all sorts of things with Anno’s Counting Book and then talk and learn about numbers while making a number N.
Read and Make ABC ORead Owl Babies and then make your own little owl O letter craft.
Read and Make ABC PRead Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails and make your own peacock P!
Read and Make ABC QRead Quilt Alphabet which is a perfect book for this letter Q craft.
Read and Make ABC RYou can read about planting a rainbow in Planting a Rainbow and then make your own letter R craft.
Read and Make ABC SRead Draw Me a Star and then make your own sparkly star S letter craft.
Read and Make ABC TTrees are rad and so is Pablo’s Tree , after reading it make your own tree T craft.
Read and Make ABC UGo underground with Up Above and Down Below and then again with this Underground U letter craft.
Read and Make ABC VExplore all the flowers in Zinnia’s Flower Garden and then make your own and pop them in this Vase V craft.
Read and Make ABC WCount the seeds in One Watermelon Seed and then make your own Watermelon W letter craft being sure to count the seeds too.
Read and Make ABC XDem Bones isn’t just for Halloween it’s a great book year round and perfect for our X-ray X letter craft.
Read and Make ABC YThe classic color mixing story Little Blue and Little Yellow is a great fit for our Yellow Y letter of the week craft too.
Read and Make ABC Z On Beyond Zebra! is a natural fit for our Zebra Z craft !

 

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Button Letter Craft – Alphabet For Starters

letter craft Teaching your children or students about letters means a lot of things. Teaching to recognize and name letters, to know the sound the letters make, and how to make the shape of the letter in it’s upper and lowercase forms. It takes time and finding different dynamic ways to do this can make  learning letters a ton of fun. We made upper case button letters and while we made them we tried to think of all the words we could that started with the same sounds. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters series, the goal for this series is to provide hands-on ways to explore letters while also developing other areas like fine motor development, math skills and more.

Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, a pencil, white glue , and lots of colorful buttons.button letter craft

Start by having your child choose a letter and write it on the paper. If they are still learning how to make the letter write it for them. They will get a chance to work on the formation with the next step.

Now grab the glue and trace the letter with it. I showed her how to do it with my letter A, then she did hers. I did glue tracing letters with my son a few years ago and plan to do the same with my daughter soon since she is showing a desire to write and form the letters. glue tracing button letters

Add the buttons! button letter recognition activity for preschoolShe loved this. I enjoyed watching her take her time picking out which button to add next. button letters color and sizeWe talked about the letter sounds but after that we moved on to the attributes of the buttons themselves. Counting was naturally included as well. button letters counting buttonsDon’t worry about planning topics with this activity beyond the letter sounds but be ready to jump on the topics that naturally arise. I had her estimate how many buttons it would take for her to finish the letter and she was right. She was also very happy about being right! all done button letters

She was so into it she finished mine for me. button letter collage

All done! button letters