Thanks for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere. Today’s topic will be all about the Alphabet! In my classroom, I have at least one alphabet center set up all year around. I am always on the lookout for activities that will add some spice and freshness to my centers so that my littles don’t get bored. So, let’s dive right in and explore some fun alphabet center ideas. Oh, and make sure to grab your freebies along the way!
1. Letter Gems
Grab a bag of colored gems and an old alphabet banner and you will have an instant center activity. I use this center to help my littles practice letter formation but it can easily be adapted to practice other skills.
2. Letter Straw Dough
This next idea comes from Katie at Gift of Curiosity. My students love to manipulate playdough so this center idea will be a favorite. Plus you can have your littles cut up their own straws to add in a bit of fine motor practice as well.
3. Find and Erase
For this center, create a sensory tub with your desired filling. I used Pom Pom balls for this tub and hid the letters inside. Next, get a whiteboard and write the alphabet on the board. Since we are practicing matching upper and lower case letters, I hid the upper letters in the tub and wrote lowercase letters on the board.
The littles will find a letter, locate its match on the board, and use a cotton swab to erase that letter. After they have completed the activity, they will write the letters on the board for the next center group.
4. Letter Confusion Sorting
Have littles who are struggling with B/D/P/Q? Gather letter magnets, tiles, blocks, or other manipulatives and dump them in a sensory tub. The littles will pull a letter and sort it into the correct column on the mat. You can find the mats here.
5. Letter Books
Interactive letter books are a great way to have your littles practice, review, or revisit their alphabet skills. These books let the littles practice so many skills. I created these a couple of years ago to send home as homework for our letter of the week. This year, I am using the pages are response sheets for the alphabet center. I love that students can pick a page and complete it in a matter of minutes yet, still get the practice they need. The pages included are flip and read, sorting, letter puzzles, letter find, and tracing. You can check this out here. You can try out a free sample here.
6. Dot Stickers
The next activity comes from Anna over at The Measured Mom. Alphabet practice-check. Fine motor-yes, please. Free?! Who doesn’t like free?
I first found these a couple of years ago and failed to save them. When I found these again, I immediately printed them out. These cute little mats can be used with bingo daubers, gems, playdough balls, dot stickers, Pom Pom balls, mini erasers, and just about any other small manipulative you have on hand.
7. The Great Alpha Stack
To create this center, I grabbed a couple bags of mini cups at the Dollar Tree. On one set, I wrote uppercase letters and on the other, I wrote lowercase letters. Below are a few ways that we are using the cups this week.
*Make a tower by putting the letters in order.
*Make a tower but instead of putting the letters in order, the littles pick a cup, say its sound, and stack it. The goal is to see how high they can get their tower and practice their letter sounds.
*Match upper and lower case letters.
8. Bottle Top Letters
So if you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know that I have a propensity for collecting trash, err I mean treasure. My spirit seriously aches if I have to throw something away. Anyhoo, I love to use bottle tops in my classroom. They are cheap, durable, and a fun way to freshen up a center. This week, we will be practicing our sequencing skills using the bottle tops. You can find the cards I am using here.
9. Alphabet Letter Find
How cool is this center activity? Melissa always has such fantastic ideas and this letter find activity is definitely one of them. Hop over to snag the freebie and learn all about using word searches to practice alphabet skills.
10. Sensory Tray
I use sensory trays all the time in my classroom. These trays are so easy to set up and can be updated by simply changing out the filling to make it “new” again. In the past, I have filled the trays with coffee, gelatin, sugar, salt, glitter, flour, cornmeal, and baking soda. We are using baking soda this week.
11. Alphabet Geoboards
An oldie but goodie. Talk about getting some serious letter formation skills in as well as working those fine and gross motor muscles! You can get the task cards here.
12. Alphabet Sticks
My boys went nuts for this center. I love to add in nature or nature like manipulatives for my littles. A couple weeks ago, I picked up a bag of faux sticks from Hobby Lobby. I knew that I wanted to use them in a center but had no idea what center. Then…bam!
I broke a few of the sticks in half and placed them in a bucket and let my littles go to work. They did so well in the center. My little teacher heart was thrilled.
I did notice that some of my babies had a bit of trouble visualizing the letters, so I created some task cards for them. You can pick them up here.
Well, that is all I have for you today.
I hope you picked up some new ideas and tips.
Until next time,