Alphabet Lesson Plans
Let the children use alphabet stamps or sponges to create an art project.
Have the children cut out letters from magazines and glue them onto a piece of paper.
Pick one letter. Make that letter out of construction paper. Have the children cut that letter out of magazines and glue them to the letter.
Decorate a Letter
Pick one letter. Cut that letter out of construction paper. Have the children decorate that letter with glitter, paint, markers or other art materials.
Place glue on a piece of paper in the shape of the desired letter. Have the children place glitter, colored rice (shown on left) or Kool-Aid (on right) on the glue.
Contact Paper Art
You will need a picture of a letter. A reverse image is needed if the letter can be backwards, such as the letter “E”. Place the image on the table and place a piece of contact paper, sticky side up over the image. Supply the children with scraps of construction paper to tissue paper. (Pieces of a plastic lei were used for the photo of this project) Children use the scraps to create the image on the contact paper.
Place masking tape on a piece of finger painting paper to create the letter of your choice. Allow the child to paint the picture. After the paint had dried remove the tape.
Place glue on a piece of paper in shape of the desired letter. Have the children place cotton balls on the paper.
Paint the child’s hands. Have the children make a shape of a letter with their hands.
Cut letter shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these letters to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the letters and rub a crayon over the letter.
Shaving Cream Letters
Add a drop of food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a white piece of paper. The children can finish by making a few letters or their name in the cream.
Variation, add glue to this mixture to create a puffy paint look.
Letter Shaped Potato Prints
Cut a large potato in half. You will need a letter shaped cookie cutter that will fit on the potato half. Press the cookie cutter into the flat side of the potato. Then, using a knife, cut the potato around the outside of the cookie cutter, leaving a letter shaped potato stamp. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.
Supply the children with letter shaped beads and yarn. You child also have the children cut out letter shapes from construction paper. Then, have them use a hole punch to make a hole, so they can thread them onto a piece of yarn.
Games, Math and Science
Write upper case letters on one set of index cards and lower case on another. Have the children find the matches.
Bean Bag Toss
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. Cut One or two letter shapes out of the cardboard. Paint the cardboard. When dry let the children throw bean bags through the holes.
Cut out large heart shapes from colored paper (shelf liner works REALLY well). Laminate them and cut them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one letter to another. These may also be used at seat markers for group time.
Create your own bingo cards and call letters for a bingo game. Your flash cards can be the same case or a different case than the bingo cards.
Create a sorting box, like the one shown. Children will place index cards or store bought flash cards to insert into the slots.
Use a cardboard egg carton (2 or 2 1/2 dozen) for this activity. Paint the sections, and label each with a different letter. After dry, play a game using a ball to toss in the egg carton. Children can try to spell a word, or their name or just say the letters that the ball lands in.
Make your own pretzels and shape them like letters of the alphabet.
Shape roll or biscuits into letter shapes before baking.
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe to maek the dough. Use letter shaped cookie cutter, bake. When cool decorate as desired.