Alphabet activities for preschool lesson plans
Alphabet activities are fun and educational for preschoolers. Little children are learning new vocabulary everyday. Include these fun and free preschool activities in your kindergarten curriculum; or if you are a homeschool mum or parents of preschool kids, such activities will help give you some creative ideas on introducing the basic alphabet and connecting it to art and craft objects, or games.
Here are some preschool ideas for Alphabet Activities that you can include in your preschool lesson plans:
Using construction papers, cut out the alphabet that you are going to teach. Find relevant pictures, real objects or a miniature toy for the children to paste onto the letter. Alternatively, have a discussion to see who would have the toy at home and would like to bring it the next day.
Draw an outline of a huge letter on a 3 ft by 3 ft construction paper, place it on the ground, and have the children fill it with colourful paints. While painting, kids are encouraged to sound the letter phonetically and make words with it.
Have a few objects or pictures on the table and match the alphabet to the objects.
Write out a list of countries, cities, towns ....etc that begins with that particular letter you would like to teach. Highlight the country with a map or picture.
If you are poetic, you can write poetic phrases with the letter you are teaching. Have the children to make up stories with the words of the chosen letter.
Make up something like this in your Alphabet Activities:
A is for apple
Put it on the table
Write it on a piece of paper
A P P L E and there you'll have a label
Another example of Alphabet Activities:
A is for: Apple, America, Auntie, Angry, Ant,
My Aunt in America was angry when she saw an ant on her apple
B is for: Boy, Beach, Ball,
A boy was kicking a ball on the beach.
Use dried beans to form the alphabet. You can guide the kids to form a really big letter. Say, you are teaching "d". Make a big "d" with the beans and have the kids stand inside the letter without touching the beans or walk around it in the writing direction.
Paint a few of the letters in red (eg E) from a pile of pasta alphabet. Mix it with the other letters, let the kids pick up the letter and isolate them from the pile. When they are proficient, take out the colour coded letter and use the original letters from the pasta packet.
Think of games or actions that start with the letter that you want to teach for the day.
Example of such alphabet activities:
A for "Let's pretend to fly like an aeroplane, or crawl like ants"
B for "Let's play ball, pass the bat around, catch a butterfly";
C for "Let's eat carrots, cupcake, cereal....etc";
D for "Let's dance, play Dodge balls, doodle....etc"
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Music & Songs
Sort out your repertoire of preschool music and songs in alphabetical order. Eg. When you are teaching the letter "T", have the children sing, "Twinkle, twinkle, little star", "M" - "Mary had a little lamb", "H" - "Humpty Dumpty"...etc
Think of mathematical concepts that will match your letter.
Eg A is for "Add".
"add one more apple to the tray"
C is for count. "Let's sort and count the beans."
Prepare your alphabet activities with a list of your library books in alphabetical order. Read the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk" for the letter "J" or "B". Children can stand when they hear the J or they can clap, jump, run.....etc
Take your kids to the public library and ask them to spot book titles with the letter you want to teach. Or look for leaves for the letter "L". Take them to the beach to look for shells when you are teaching the letter "S"
Give a page of newspaper to each child and ask them to circle or point to the letter of the day.
Just have fun with these Alphabet Activities !
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