These preschool alphabet activities tackle one of the biggest challenges when you are teaching preschool, your budget. School’s don’t have unlimited funds, goodness knows we teachers don’t either. So finding engaging materials that can or can be turned into super fun and educational activities is a must. These preschool alphabet activities are simple but pack a punch when it comes to learning. Check out how I did that using ( almost only) material found at every teacher’s favorite place… Target’s Dollar Spot!
These preschool alphabet activities work on a few things beyond letter recognition, they also in different ways work on fine motor skills too. The sticker activity works on this while children are carefully peeling the stickers from the backing, and the clip activity works on it while children are pinching the clothespins to clip on to the letter card. They also help to develop hand-eye coordination which is about so much more than sports… we need it for everything including writing which is something very much focused on in early elementary school.
Easy Preschool Alphabet Activities
I have done this activity a million ways, like a mural, on sentence strips… and on and on, but these stickers from the Dollar Spot are so bright and fun I knew I needed to grab them, and the shape cards were a perfect way to piece this activity altogether and make it visually appealing as a free choice or literacy center activity.
Gather your materials. You will need some shape cards, small letter stickers, and large letter stickers. That’s it. All at the dollar spot right now!
Start by placing a large letter sticker on the shape cards.
Place them on a tray or table with the sheet of smaller letter stickers. To jump-start the activity you can always place a few stickers on as a prompt.
Look at those fine motor skills?! ( those are my fingers…. it’s the summer my students are still frolicking in sprinklers, but I will be taking this into my classroom in the fall).
Pop those stickers on!
What I love is that you can use these cards over and over just keep adding stickers!
This preschool alphabet activity is rad because it repurposes inexpensive bulletin board borders for learning!
Gather your materials. You will need scissors, a fine tipped permanent marker, and clothespins ( not from the dollar spot but you can get them at the dollar store), alphabet bulletin board borders from the Dollar Spot.
Start by cutting the borders into lengths that children can handle, I snipped mine in two, so I had four pieces but do what you think is best for your students.
Next, write the lowercase letters on the clothespins. You could absolutely write uppercase is you want a straight matching activity.
Place the strips and the clips on a tray and invite your letter detectives to come and match up some letters.
Time to clip!
Both of these activities took 2 minutes, maybe only 90 seconds to set up and cost only a few dollars despite being bright and inviting for little learners.
Melinda Toungette says
Thank you for these ideas. I bought the letters, but wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. Can’t wait to get started.
Allison McDonald says
Yay – this is what I was hoping would happen!!