When students are learning the alphabet in preschool and kindergarten, it is so important that they are exposed to letters in many different ways. It is also important that they get time to play with letters and their shapes. These fine motor alphabet activities are perfect for that!
These hands on alphabet activities would be perfect for your alphabet center or literacy centers. They are also perfect for morning tubs or small group alphabet intervention activities.
Building Letters With Cubes
Adding connecting cubes to your literacy centers is an easy way to incorporate STEM into your day.
For this activity, students will build the upper and lowercase letters using cubes. If you laminate the pages, they can also practice forming and writing the letter.
Tip: Print these 2 or 4 to a page to make them smaller and then place on a binder ring for an easy to pull out center.
Alphabet Playdough Mats
Alphabet playdough mats are a great way to build fine motor muscles while practicing letter formation!
These alphabet playdough mats also include letter sounds practice. Your students will love making the pictures that begin with each letter out of dough!
Building Brick Letters
This hands on alphabet center is perfect for your builders!
Not only will students build the letters using building bricks (I got mine at Dollar Tree), but they can also build pictures that begin with that letter.
Again, you can print these pages smaller and place on a ring if you want to make a quick grab-and-go alphabet STEM center!
Road Tracing Letters
Who wouldn’t want to drive the letters of the alphabet?
This is an alphabet activity I love for my small intervention groups. Students get to choose a car and use it to drive the letter roads.
Cotton Swab Alphabet Painting
This is one of my favorite hands on alphabet worksheets because it let’s us use paint without getting too messy!
Students will use a cotton swab to dot the letter. I also let them use the cotton swab to trace the letters below. This one is always a fan favorite!
Torn Paper Letters
For this activity, students will tear small pieces of paper and glue them on to form the letter. Then, they will rainbow write the letter below.
I like to put this activity in our literacy center baskets because it’s print and go for me, but fun for students!
Pom Pom Letters
You can use these alphabet worksheets two different ways.
First, you can give students tweezers and pom poms and let them make the letters that way. This is great for fine motor and makes them reusable!
If you prefer print and go alphabet activities, you can give students bingo daubers and let them dab the letters!
Push Pin Letters
For this activity, students will use a push pin to dot each letter. I know it sounds crazy, but push pins are amazing for fine motor practice!
Just give students a small piece of carpet square to put behind the letters to keep the pins from poking anything they should not.
Free Letter Formation Cards
You can use these free letter formation cards in a few different ways:
I got this etch-a-sketch at the dollar tree! Just adding this into your alphabet center would make it so engaging.
You can give students small manipulatives like vase filler or mini erasers to make each letter with.
Students can use popsicle sticks to make each letter. This is another great STEM activity!
Pipe cleaners are also a great addition to your alphabet center. Students can bend them and twist them to make each letter.
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All of these activities are included in my Fine Motor Alphabet Activities Bundle. You can also find them each separately in my TpT store!