Use these themed alphabet activities using letter cards to increase fine motor skills, literacy skills, & letter recognition in preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students. They are the perfect size for preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten learners to practice letter recognition, letter sounds, spelling, and reading skills. Keep reading to get 20 ideas for fun and engaging themed activities for your classroom!
Hands-on alphabet games are so beneficial for little learners. The cards offer something for the students to manipulate and hold in their hands. They are small in size, so students can grasp them properly and move them around to make words or put them in alphabetical order. Another reason hands-on alphabet games are great is that they allow the children to move while learning. This triggers multiple areas in their brain and may increase their mastery. These alphabet activities using letter cards are engaging with their bright colors and cute images; another reason your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten students will love them!
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Alphabet Activities Using Themed Letter Cards Set 1
Dinosaur Letters! Your students will love learning letters with these adorable dinosaur letter cards. Students will practice letter identification, and formation with the included Say It, Make It mats. The students will pick a letter card and say it. Then, they will form the letter in the sand with plastic bones.
Fruit Letters! Use these fruit-themed cards during a healthy foods unit or body health unit. I completed the theme with fruit mini erasers!
Pet Letters! Make a sensory bin of dog bones and pet letter cards. Students will grab a card and lay it on their read, build, write mat. They will read the letter, build it with small manipulatives or play dough, and then write the letter. Slide the mats into a wipe and write pocket for added durability and to make the mats useable with dry erase markers.
Train Letters! Each theme comes with worksheets to match, and one of the options is a fun and engaging stamping worksheet. Students will pick a letter card and stamp the matching letter on the sheet.
Grab the lowercase letter stamps here and the uppercase letters here.
Pig Letters! Make a sensory bag with hair gel, glitter, and food coloring to have an incredible writing canvas! Students will pick a card, write it in the sensory bag, and then trace it on the worksheet. Check out this post for directions to make a sensory bag.
*Tip: Have students write with a pom pom on the sensory bag, so it doesn’t rip open.
Bumblebee Letters! This spin & write alphabet activity using letter cards is also included for each theme! The students will pick a letter, spin the spinner to choose a writing utensil, and then write the letter they have chosen. Make a spinner with a paperclip and a pencil, or use these clear spinner covers.
Paint Can Letters! Use an empty paint can, dyed rice, and a paintbrush to make a fun letter activity. Check out the post on how to dye rice. Students will pick a letter card, paint it in the rice, and then trace it on the worksheet.
Truck Letters! Little learners will love this truck-themed letter card set! I put the letter cards in a pocket chart, and students can practice tracing them on the matching worksheet. Students could also practice putting the cards in alphabetical order.
Sunflower Letters! Get preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten students up and moving with an activity called Write the Room. Beforehand, place the letter cards around the room. Students will walk around the room with a clipboard, golf pencils, and a worksheet. When they find a letter, they will write it on the worksheet and move on.
Hot Cocoa Letters! This would be such a fun theme in the winter, and your students will love writing in the cocoa sensory box! To make the sensory bin use a hot cocoa packet, sprinkles, and mini marshmallows. The little learners can use pom poms to write the letter that they pick. Then trace on the worksheet. You could also use dyed salt, see how to make it here.
Alphabet Activities Using Themed Letter Cards Set 2
Ocean Letters! Stamp the letters is a great activity to help build dexterity and fine motor muscles. Kiddos will draw a letter card, identify the letter, and then stamp it on their paper. Find the lowercase letter stamps here and the uppercase here.
Zoo Letters! This cute theme will have your kiddos going wild for letters! Use the Read It, Build It, Write It mats to increase students’ letter knowledge and fine motor skills. They will find a letter, read it aloud, build it with small manipulatives or play dough, and then write it. I slid my mats into a wipe and write pockets to make them more durable and ready for dry erase markers.
Treasure Letters! Make a treasure box sensory bin with sand and plastic jewels. Students will build the letter with the jewels or write it in the sand.
Unicorn Letters! Unicorns are so popular with little learners, and they will love these letter cards! Play this fun spin and write game for students to practice writing letters in multiple writing utensils. Students will spin a spinner and then write the letter on the matching worksheet. Make your own spinner with a paperclip and pencil, or grab these clear spinner covers!
Space Letters! Soar your students higher with these themed alphabet letter cards. Students can trace the letters on the matching worksheet, put them in alphabetical order, or spell words from around the room. Make a sensory bag with hair gel, food coloring, and glitter! Check out my post on how to make a sensory bag here.
Hot Air Balloon Letters! Have fun with this cute hot air balloon theme. Students will grab a letter card, then identify it, build it, and write it. Students can build the letter with small manipulatives like pom poms, cotton balls, beads, or jewels. They can also use play dough to make the letter.
Weather Letters! Slide your letter cards in a pocket chart and have students put them in alphabetical order, or have students pick the letters that they trace on their worksheet.
House Letters! Paint the letters with q-tips for a fun activity for students to practice their letters. Students can pick a letter card, then find it on the worksheet and trace it with their paint. Use q-tips for no clean-up!
Mystery Letters! Place the letter cards around the room or outside and have students walk around with a clipboard, golf pencil, and the matching worksheet. They write the letters as they find them. Get students moving and learning!
Lemonade Letters! Have a lemonade party with these cute lemonade alphabet letter cards! Students can pick a letter card out of the sensory bin that has plastic ice cubes in it. Then they can use a straw to write the letter in yellow salt or lemonade powder. Students can then trace the letter on the matching worksheet. Check out this post to see how to dye salt.
I hope you enjoy all these alphabet activities using letter cards for preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten students! There are so many fun themes you can do in your classroom, and these letter cards will help you complete the theme in your room!
Don’t forget to look at more ideas for using the holiday letter cards here!
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See tons of ways to use letter cards for each season!
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