How to Make Letters of the Alphabet with Small Twigs

Kids can make the letters of the alphabet with twigs and branches in this outdoor literacy activity. Enjoy nature and fine motor play with preschoolers as you shape letters with small twigs.

nature activity outdoor alphabet with tree branches

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Outdoor activities provide opportunities for kids to explore and learn in natural surroundings.

Making an alphabet with twigs is a great way for kids to engage fine motor, sensory and cognitive skills while having fun with outdoor play.

We collected branches lying on the ground in our backyard from a variety of trees, including maple, poplar and elm.

This is a great time to start a conversation about the different types of trees you see, either in your yard or as you enjoy a nature walk!

Books about Trees (affiliate links)

Tree Full of Wonder - A rhyming picture book about the magic of trees.

The Magic and Mystery of Trees - A nature book exploring the network of trees in their woodland habitat.

I Can Name 50 Trees Today (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) - Explore and identify amazing trees!

NOTE: Some public areas may not allow removal of materials. Kids can still benefit from exploring their natural surroundings, then use craft sticks or pipe cleaners to shape the letters at home or in the classroom.

The benefits of making the backyard, nature trail or local park your classroom include exercise, fresh air and hands-on discovery! This twig letters activity is a fun way to experience learning through play in the great outdoors.


Twig Letters of the Alphabet


Twig letters of the alphabet nature craft for kids


Provide a cardboard canvas on which to build your letters.

Make the letters any size, depending on the size of the cardboard.

Break some twigs with your hands to get them the length you want.

  • Cut other branches and twigs to length with pruning shears, (#ad.) This is a job for a grownup!


ABC's with twigs literacy activity for early learners


This photo provides examples of how we shaped the letters.

Letter A:  3 small twigs

Letter D:  1 small twig on the side, 1 twig bent in the middle

Letter C:  1 small twig broken in two places to allow it to curve

Letter L:  1 small twig with a natural curve


We were able to gently snap a lot of the twigs to allow them to bend without breaking them apart completely


Preschool literacy activity using small twigs

Letter O: 4 small twigs arranged in a circle

Letter S:  1 twig gently bent without breaking!

Letters V and Y:  natural joint (fork) of a branch

Letter X:  1 twig placed over another


More ways to play and learn with twigs:


  • Use branches to make one or two large letters instead of the whole alphabet.

  • Line up alphabet letters across a backyard deck or trail. Measure the length of the alphabet. Measure individual letters.

outdoor alphabet activity with trees


Activities with Twigs and Branches

nature activities with twigs and branches




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