Learning the alphabet is such a critical skill in kindergarten! Letter names and sounds are the building blocks of reading and writing, so it is important to give students a lot of exposure and opportunities to practice their ABCs. One of my favorite ways to work on letters and sounds is with alphabet crafts! They are hands-on, fun for the kids, and helps build their stamina while learning. Using crafts in the classroom has many benefits, too.
Crafts Encourage Creativity
One of the main benefits of using crafts in the classroom is the creativity they bring out in your students. Your students get to infuse their own little personalities into their project with the colors they use, the details they add, and the process in which they complete their project. I love watching and listening to my kindergarteners while they do crafts. It is so interesting to see them express themselves in all different ways. Seeing the uniqueness of each craft is so fun. I love to play fun music during craft time, too. It makes my teacher heart happy to see them having so much fun!
Crafts Build Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are key in kindergarten! Students have to train their little hand muscles to write, cut, glue, tear, squeeze, etc. This also helps them with coordination and visual-spatial skills. With crafts, there are many different tools and materials you can use, which is great for fine motor skill promotion. With these alphabet crafts, students are practicing tracing, cutting, gluing, coloring, and putting all of the small parts together to make a whole picture. This is a great opportunity to go over the proper way to use supplies, that way you don’t have glue sticks disappearing and getting smashed! 🙂
Crafts Build Direction Following Skills
Direction following skills are also key in kindergarten. For some students, this is their first real experience in school. Following basic one and two-step directions is a skill that needs to be practiced. This will help them not only in life but in their learning as well. They must listen to the directions to know which supplies they need, what step they are doing first, etc. This also helps them with basic skills such as recognizing colors, shapes, sizes and following positional word directions.
Crafts Lead to a Sense of Pride
When students take pride in their work, it leads to more confidence and motivation in the classroom. Crafts help students take ownership of their work and learn the meaning of hard work, patience, and trying their best. They love seeing their project hanging up around the room, in the hallway, or in a portfolio. A fun idea for these alphabet crafts is to put them all together in a book. I created this “Now I Know My ABCs” cover page and placed all of their alphabet crafts in order from A-Z. I bound the books together with ribbon. This is such a special book for students and is one that parents can keep forever!
Using Alphabet Crafts
These alphabet crafts are fun and easy to prep because there are no templates. Each letter has specific dimensions and materials, so when you prep, all you have to do is cut the construction paper and you are good to go! A paper cutter comes in very handy for this. Here is a sneak peek of some of the alphabet crafts included!
Differentiate the Crafts
To differentiate the learning with these crafts, you can make it more challenging for your students by adding these sentence frames to your alphabet crafts. You can build the craft at the top of the page and write the sentence at the bottom. This rounds out the activity and encourages handwriting practice.
Get Your Alphabet Crafts
I have bundled all of the alphabet crafts and directions into a unit. You can get them here! If you would like these alphabet crafts with the D’Nealian alphabet, click here! Here is a sneak peek of all of the crafts for each letter.