Are your little ones ready to learn the alphabet? A great way to teach the alphabet and let your children do a little school at the same time is by using an alphabet coloring page for each letter. Your kids are going to love these printable alphabet letters to color.
Teaching the Alphabet
One of my favorite memories of homeschooling is teaching my little ones to learn the alphabet. I love hearing their little voices sounding out the letters and how excited they get when they recognize a letter.
The most common way to teach the letters of the alphabet is with the ABC song and by teaching alphabetical order. This is a great way for toddlers to recognize and name all 26 letters in the alphabet. There are many other fun ways to teach the whole alphabet to young children.
What is the best order to teach the alphabet?
Teach upper case letters first if you are teaching toddlers and preschoolers. Early learners will come in contact with large letters and capital letters on educational toys and early learning flashcards.
If a kindergartner needs to learn the alphabet you will want to teach them their lowercase letters first. This is because they will come across lowercase letters in early reading materials and books.
If your kids understand and have a knowledge of the alphabet already, you can teach upper and lowercase letters together at the same time.
Teach the names of the letters before you teach the sounds. This will help, as many letter names are related to the sound that they make.
Printable Alphabet Letters
Be sure to download our printable alphabet letters that your child can have fun coloring! You can find the instant pdf download at the bottom of this post.
What games can you play to teach the alphabet?
Games are great for helping your children to practice the alphabet. There are lots of different ways you can create your own games too.
- Build your own Bingo game – I love this idea to build your own bingo game with letter flashcards you already have on hand at home.
- Play a game of alphabet memory. If you have upper case and lower case letters flash cards you can have your child play memory and match the lowercase to the uppercase letters.
- Alphabet hide and seek – Free printable letters and instructions on how to play this fun scavenger hunt game to search for the letters in your home.
Alphabet activities for preschool
Hands-on alphabet activities are a great way to improve fine motor skills and keep children engaged. Your kids will enjoy these fun ideas.
- Practice saying and writing letters with your fingers in sand or rice. Say the letter name and sound as you trace large letter outlines in the sensory materials.
- Make alphabet letter finds. These are I Spy bags with dry beans or rice and little toys. Stick letter stickers or letter beads in with everything else. They will have fun searching for the different letters in the bag.
- Fill up a bin with ABC foam letters and fun toys or other sensory items. Call out a letter and see if your child can find it and pull it out. This is great way to practice letter recognition.
- Make some alphabet soup. Get a can of alphabet soup or a bag of alphabet pasta and make some soup. Your kids will have a lot of fun trying to name all the letters they can get on their spoon.
- Learn Letters and Numbers with Hands-On Fun – Tons of great ideas for learning the alphabet and numbers with hands-on activities.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Printables and Crafts – Lots of free printables and crafts with a favorite book that introduces the alphabet and letter sounds in such a fun and memorable way.
Free Printables to Help Teach the Alphabet
Free printables are another great way to help teach the alphabet. They are especially helpful if you have older children you need to work with and need something to keep your little ones busy. They will love that they are “doing school” like their siblings.
Alphabet Letter Printables Series – This awesome alphabet series is a work in progress. Each post has alphabet worksheets and printable activities for each letter in the alphabet.
Printable Alphabet Letters to Color
Grab our pdf download of printable alphabet letters that your little learners can color. You’ll find every letter from A to Z in back and white – perfect for coloring, which is a great fine motor skill for your kids to develop.
You can print as many copies as you need so your kids can make some colorful printable letters. You could even laminate them and use dry erase markers. Another fun way to color our printable alphabet letters would be to use do-a-dot markers and let your kids have fun coloring the pages with dots. I don’t know about you, but my kids loved do-a-dot worksheets!
Learning the alphabet can be a great learning experience for your child. If you incorporate different alphabet activities, alphabet worksheets, letter activities, and hands-on fun, they will have a blast! While you are teaching them the letters of the alphabet, be sure to teach them how to write their names. You can use name tracing templates to make it easy. Most of all, just enjoy watching your little ones learn!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!