How to Make Letters of the Alphabet Cards for Preschoolers
A set of alphabet cards is a great addition to a shelf stocked with puzzles and small manipulatives. Kids can count and 'shuffle', and sort and stack the cards. They can even 'spell' words as they become familiar with letters and their sounds.
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Does your preschooler have a favorite letter? Is it the first letter of his or her name? Kids often get excited, and feel a sense of accomplishment, when they recognize a letter in their name, point out a familiar letter in a story book, or remember a sequence of letters such as A-B-C.
These simple alphabet cards are perfect for your beginning reader or any child who likes exploring letters of the alphabet during independent play.
- corrugated cardboard
- self-adhesive letters
1. Cut 26 cards from the corrugated cardboard.
Our cards measure approximately 4 in. (10 cm) square.
2. Apply self-adhesive upper case letters.
Add lower case letters next to the upper case letters on each card if preferred, or make a set of each!
Laminate with contact paper for durability.
Experiment with letter sounds to make words.
Alphabet cards are easy to make, easy for kids to use, and promote hands-on exploration of the letters of the alphabet during free play and quiet times.
While this alphabet is black and white for clarity and simplicity, here are some colorful options for making letters.
- letters on sticky notes from Teach Me Mommy
- printable letter cards from Artsy Momma
- alphabet coloring pages from Life Over C's
- printable abc matching game from Playdough and Popsicles
And here's a set of alphabet cards on Amazon.
Learning through play
1. Choose a few letters for a sequencing game: Create a sequence with one or more missing letters. Find the missing letter in this example: A-B-?-D
2. Choose a few letters in sequence for a memory game: Place the letter which begins the sequence face up on the table. Place the remaining letters face down on the table. Turn over a letter; if it is the letter that follows the face-up letter place it next to this letter; if not, turn it over. Continue until all the letters in the sequence have been found and placed face-up in order on the table.
3. Place cards where they are easily accessible for kids during independent play to promote visual reinforcement of, and hands-on interaction with, the letters of the alphabet.
Have fun with some options for alphabet games from kid-friendly bloggers that use other materials for learning the letters of the alphabet.
- Under the Sea Bubble ABC Match Game
- Fun Games with ABC Pretzels
- Letter Sound Rings
- Alphabet Relay
- Alphabet Sugar Cookies
Find more alphabet games and activities on our Literacy Pinterest board.