Cereal Box Letters Preschool Activities

Recycle cereal boxes for hands-on literacy games with preschoolers. Kids can practice letters of the alphabet with simple activities using materials you have on hand.  

 preschool literacy games with cardboard letters

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Enjoy the munch and the crunch.

Enjoy reading the box.

Enjoy recycling.

Because we all enjoy a little recycling, right?

Enjoy your breakfast cereal in more ways than one! When the cereal box is empty, cut out the letters and use them in alphabet activities with your preschooler.

Cereal box alphabet activities

Prepare the letters

Cereal boxes are covered with colorful images and text.

The letters stand out for their bold fonts and vivid colors. They are so much fun to include in early literacy games with kids.

Begin by cutting out words and individual letters, large and small, in upper and lower case. 


early literacy with letters on cereal boxes


alphabet cereal box activities


Cut letters out with borders around them, or be more precise and follow the lines of the letters closely.

It will be more time consuming to cut the letters out finely, but they are a nice option for some literacy games.

You may want to cover the letters with laminate paper to protect and strengthen them.


cardboard letters to make for kids activities



Sort and count the letters.

  • How many cutouts of the letter 'H' do you have? How many of the letter 'E'?

  • Make a simple graph to sort the letters.

In the classroom, you can match the letters to a banner or other display with letters of the alphabet.


Arrange in alphabetical order. 


alphabet activities with cereal boxes


Spell your name.

 find letters of your name on cereal box


More ways to play with cereal boxes

Pretend Play


cereal box pretend play food pictures


Add these cutouts to your pretend play (or housekeeping) corner in the classroom to use as pretend foods.

  • Set the table with plastic bowls. Add cereal cutouts to the bowls.

  • Use ice cream cone cutouts in a summer 'ice cream stand' play center.

Cover them with contact paper to make them sturdier for everyday play.


Related: Kid-Size Props for Pretend Play

Memory Game


cereal box math games


Cut out pairs of images to use for a memory game.


Sensory Play

Mix and match letters with different textures. Include magnetic letters, wooden letters such as Scrabble letters or Bananagrams, with the cardboard letters cut from cereal boxes.  



Now that you've munched and crunched your way through the cereal, recycle the box with these fun games.

Kids will love seeing the letters and pictures they recognize show up at play time.


letters of the alphabet activities with cereal boxes


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