Rainbow writing is a colorful way to practice letters. You can give students a worksheet with the alphabet already on it, or they can make up their own. Students simply trace the letter over and over using a variety of colors.
Magnetic letters are fun to use on cookie sheets, but why not throw them into a bucket of water? Students can use a shovel to hunt for letters and then name the letter they find. You could also have students write down the letter they found on a wipe off board. If you have a sensory bin, you can throw magnetic letters into water and play this game, or use sand.
Another way to incorporate some technology into learning, is with iPad games. I found this FREE alphabet tracing app and I’m absolutely in LOVE with it!! It’s called ABC tracer and can be found here. There are a few different games to play, but I chose the lowercase letter tracing. The app shows you how to form the letter correctly. Then the students get to trace the letter on the right side. The green line follows the letter only if they use a continuous motion and stay on the dots provided. If they get sloppy or stop the flow of their writing, it will turn red. I love that it really makes students focus on forming the letters correctly. They can also click on the picture at the bottom and it will say the name of the picture and then do an little animation.
Stamping is another favorite activity. I use a stamping center for the whole year, and just simply change out the worksheets for the skill we’re working on (letters, sounds, cvc words, digraphs, blends etc). You can find this stamping bundle in my TPT store here. You can also have students use the stamp without ink and worksheets and have them stamp in Playdoh instead. Of course they wouldn’t be able to match up letters, but they could spell words, their name, do abc order, etc. These stamps are great for little hands.
These pre-made games from Lakeshore Learning are awesome and so easy to just throw in a center. You can find this alphabet matching game here, but they have many other alphabet games too!
I hope you’ll be able to use many these ideas to help your student master the alphabet. Enjoy all the FREEBIES!
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