Preschool Letter A | Free hands-on printable activities

Preschool Letter A

Hello and welcome to Preschool Letter A! Allow me to begin by telling you how EXCITED my little man was this week! He L-O-V-E-D doing “school work” (worksheets) and “crafts”, this is, anything involving glue!! He thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and that left me feeling like one happy mummy.

Having said that, my explanations were too long, according to him. Filip is a do-er. If you put paper and some materials in front of him, he’ll start masterpiece-ing away before you can even open your mouth to explain anything. Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m all for creative work and allowing my kids to express their individual styles in their creations, but we are learning to form the letter A correctly. I know some kids can get pretty creative with their letter formation, but it’s harder to “unlearn” incorrect formation than to teach correct letter formation from the start. And we are definitely going to learn correct formation!

Throughout this blog post, I have linked the resources I have used to either my Google Drive, my online store or another blog where I got that particular download. You can access the downloads by clicking on the photos or links. If you would like to download all the FREE printables I used for the Preschool Letter A week in one download CLICK HERE to get them from!

Here’s a peek into our week!

Preschool Letter A: Day 1

I printed off a set of Alphabet Play Dough Mats, laminated them and we were ready to begin. Here is my little man using his finger to trace over big A and little a. He did this a couple of times. I used verbal cues to remind him of correct formation. Uppercase A went something like this: Start at the dot – go all the way down – stop – jump back to the dot – go all the way down – stop – jump to the middle and across. Lowercase A was: Start at the dot – go all the way around – go all the way up – stop – come back down – stop. These cues were of great help and I used them all week. Next, he used a Whiteboard marker. He enjoyed this much more than the finger tracing.

Preschool Letter A. Finger tracing alphabet flash cards
Preschool Letter A. Tracing letters on alphabet tracing cards

We then moved on and did some “Dot Painting” using bingo dabbers to aid letter identification; he used green for the uppercase letters and red for the lowercase letters. I used a set I created (available to purchase here). We tried a pre-writing practice page a set by Mel (From the Pond).

Preschool Letter A. Alphabet Letter Find
Preschool Letter A. Pre-writing tracing page

We also did a craft which Filip absolutely loved. I cut out the letter shapes for him and he glued on some tissue paper to make an alligator and an apple. And here is the final result! A fantastic team effort, if I do say so myself! πŸ™‚ If you’d like the templates for the letters, you can get them here.

Preschool Letter A. Alligator letter craft
Preschool Letter A. Alphabet Craft Alligator and Apple

Preschool Letter A: Day 2

I set up a mini sensory tub using an Alphabet Find It game by Carisa. Filip enjoyed playing this with his older brother David (Grade 1). They took turns digging through the mixture of beans, peas and lentils to find the hidden vocabulary cards. Then they matched the cards to the picture on the big poster. They played this several times throughout the week. A big hit for sure!

Preschool Letter A. Alphabet letter find sensory bin

Here he is showing me where all the little a’s are located on our vocabulary cards.

Preschool Letter A. Alphabet vocabulary cards

Here he is doing a Beginning Sounds worksheet using stamps. He is not  a fan of coloring in.

Preschool Letter A. Alphabet beginning sounds

Filip loves play dough – which preschooler doesn’t! He practiced his letter formation with play dough this time. I do believe it was one of his favorite activities.

Preschool Letter A. Alphabet play dough mat rolling dough
Preschool Letter A. Printable Alphabet Play Dough Mat upper and lower case letters

Because A is for apple, we did some counting with apples. I used some apple number cards (available here), play dough and small gems. I love this as it was great for his fine motor development too!

Preschool Letter A. Counting cards

Preschool Letter A: Day 3

We started Day 3 with a letter identification worksheet; an alphabet maze this time. He wanted to use stickers to cover all the Aa’s… Now, the worksheet asks for him to go in an A-a-A-a pattern from one side to the other – he didn’t, just randomly covered each letter as he found it. A beginning sounds cut and paste practice worksheet.

Preschool Letter A. Alphabet Maze
Preschool Letter A. Beginning sounds worksheet

Q-Tip Letter A to practice a bit more on his fine motor skills. As far as Filip is concerned, anything you do with paint is fun.

Preschool Letter A. Fine motor q-tip printable activity

And we finished off our Preschool Letter A week with an apple tree craft. I traced his hands for the tree trunks and he glued on some green tissue paper for the leaves and red sequins for the apples.

Preschool Letter A. Hand print apple tree craft
Preschool Letter A. Hand print apple tree craft completed

Preschool Letter A Completed!

Well, there you have it: our Preschool Letter A! I’m going to be honest and say that I did not prepare for the week as much as I would have liked. However, it turned out to be a fun week and Filip enjoyed it greatly; in the end, I suppose that’s all that matters!

I look forward to next week and I hope to get a bit more time over the next few weeks to search Pinterest for different ideas for games and activities and even worksheets. Actually, to be honest again, I was not sure whether Filip would even be able to work with the worksheets I used as I made them for older kids. They were all that I managed to get together before the week began, but he tackled them confidently, with excitement and I think he liked that the idea that he could do “school work” like the “big kids”.

Preschool Letter A. Printable activities completed

If you have any ideas or suggestions for games, activities, worksheets and everything in between, I’d LOVE to hear from you! Please leave me a comment πŸ™‚

Download Preschool Letter A Free Printables

To download all the freebies from the Preschool Letter A post, click here or on the image below.

Preschool Letter A | Free hands-on printable activities

Products we used to do our Preschool Letter A:

The product links below will take you to my or TpT online stores.

Alphabet with Correct Letter Formation and Beginning Sounds pIctures
Upper and Lower Case Letter Find | Printable worksheets to help with letter recognition
Upper and Lower Case Letter Templates | Printable alphabet template for crafts and bulletin boards
Alphabet Vocabulary Cards | Write the Room Activity
Beginning Sounds Color It! | Printable coloring pages to help promote letter-sound recognition
Upper and Lower Case Alphabet Maze | Printable worksheets to help with letter recognition
Handwriting and Beginning Sounds Cut and Paste Worksheets
Free Apple Counting Flash Cards Cards 1-10
Alphabet Colouring Book and Posters | Phonics

Happy Teaching πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Preschool Letter A”

  1. Wow, you and Filip have been flat out during ‘A’ week!! I love these ideas (I hope you don’t mind if I do them with Ollie) I love seeing how the worksheets get used and the q-tip painting is a brilliant idea!! I love the idea of the stars and stamping (Ollie doesn’t like colouring very much either and will do anything he can to get out of it, I love these ideas even more!!! I’m really sorry i don’t have any other ideas for you, except for the letter matching apples that you had a while ago, cut the apples in half the ‘big A’ on one side and the ‘little a’ on the other side to match them up!!!!

    1. So glad you’re able to use some of these ideas with Ollie!! The apple matching is a fabulous idea! I’ll see whether I still have a set somewhere around the house and get it ready for Filip in the next couple of weeks!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Carisa! So glad you enjoyed using ours; at the moment, we are LOVING your Q-Tip printables – especially if my little man gets to use glue and glitter πŸ™‚

  2. I was wondering if you had examples for every letter (upper and lowercase) like you did for A and a? Like Alligator and Apple. Do you have examples for every letter of the alphabet so I can do them with my Pre-K to make it fun? I love the idea. ; ) Thanks so much!

    1. We’re up to letter O at the moment and we’ve been posting the alphabet craft (upper and lower case) at the end of each week. I will do a big round-up post once we are all done πŸ™‚

  3. I am so happy that my friend/boss/colleague has shared this website to me. This would be very helpful to my baby Zoe and my young learner students.

  4. Kricket Uecke

    Thank you for sharing all the wonderful ideas. I love searching and coming up with new ideas for the following school year. Where can I print all of the letters for the Alphabet Art?

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