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This post has been co-written with Ben Wolfson, a full-time educator and assistant principal in the USA.
There’s something almost magical about the hush that descends over your kindergarten classroom when you hand out coloring sheets. Even your busiest student will find a quiet space to focus their concentration. To harness this power, you need to make your coloring pages have as many small objects as possible so that students are constantly taking pen off the paper and evaluating their color choices. These alphabet beginning sound coloring pages have a variety of objects that begin with the letter shown tucked away. This means that as your students work on these free abc coloring sheets, you get some excellent fine motor skills practice as well as discussions about beginning sounds in common words.
Teaching Beginning Sounds
These alphabet letters coloring pages provide a great bridge in your kindergarten year between being able to write and name all 26 letters, and being able to hear the specific sounds that they make in spoken words. The best place to start with this process is listening out for sounds at the start of words, as these tend to have more concrete spelling rules than middle and ending sounds (with the exception of starting digraphs). These alphabet beginning sound coloring pages show common objects that begin with the letter that your students will be able to name (if not spell!). Students will be able to say the name of the object out loud and hear the similar starting sound for each object. This will help make the connection between the letter shape and the sound it makes.
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Playing Games WIth Alphabet Letters Coloring Pages
Even with the highest levels of concentration, it won’t take long for your students to color in each of the objects on these free abc coloring sheets. You can easily turn these pages in a beautiful, personalized bulletin board display, or send them home for proud parents to put on display. For some more fun with alphabet beginning sound coloring pages in your classroom, try some of these activities:
Match with real objects – for this activity, you’ll need to find miniature versions of the objects that begin with the letter shown on the color page. These can be toys, or miniature erasers. In either case, give students a bowl of objects and ask them to find all the objects that begin with a specific letter as quickly as possible.
Play bingo – a great way to help students learn their beginning sounds with these alphabet letters coloring pages is to give each student a few letter pages and then call out objects that appear on those pages. Students find the matching picture and cover it up with a marker or a token and try to match the objects on their page first.
Classroom scavenger hunt – it’s always a good idea to bring movement into your learning centers, and a scavenger hunt around your classroom is a great tool to get your students up and about while also thinking about their learning. In this game, give each student one of the alphabet beginning sound coloring pages and have them scoot around the room trying to find objects that begin with the letter. Make them say the names of the objects out loud to make sure they’ve got the correct starting sound!
For more pre-k and kindergarten alphabet centers, check out my Alphabet Mega Bundle for letter recognition, letter formation and letter sounds!
This is a huge bundle of alphabet activities from worksheets to clip cards and everything in between! You students will love the variety of letter games included and you’ll never have to worry again about not having enough fun literacy centers 🙂
Here are some examples of the activities included:
1) Alphabet Draw The Scene
2) Letter Detective
3) Cut, Sort and Stick
4) Alphabet Puzzle Fun Sheets
5) Alphabet Beginning Sounds Coloring Pages
6) Dot The Letter
7) Q Tip Letters
8) Alphabet Handwriting
9) Letter Mazes
10) Alphabet Playdough Mats
11) Alphabet Punch Cards
12) Alphabet Beginning Sound Clip Cards
13) Alphabet Flip Books and many more!
Other Printables That Work On Learning Letters:
1) Lowercase Alphabet Tracing Cards – Grab these free lowercase alphabet tracing cards for a quick literacy center that you can use any time of the year! These back to school handwriting practice cards are easy to use; just download and print off copies of the letters you’re studying that week. It’s a great idea to laminate them so you can use them for trace and erase or playdough activities.
2) Flower Alphabet Sound Mats– These cute flower alphabet sound mats will fit beautifully with your outdoor theme and give your students plenty of practice when they’re learning the alphabet. These free alphabet printables show a wide range of common objects and is sure to be your new favorite hands-on preschool letter activity.
3) Space Alphabet Sequence Cards – At a foundational level, you can adapt any of your alphabet order activities to have a space theme, and these cute alphabet sequence clip cards will keep your students engaged with their fun pictures and challenges. They are a great way to have your students work on learning the alphabet independently.
4) Unicorn Alphabet BINGO – This unicorn theme alphabet bingo pack is a fun and engaging way to help preschool students master their letters before starting kindergarten. By having your students play letter recognition games like ABC bingo, you give them opportunities to learn important social interactions like turn taking while also reinforcing the shapes and sounds of each letter.
5) Farm Alphabet Find and Cover – Work on letter recognition with your preschool students using this printable farm literacy center. You can use this fun farm alphabet game any time of the year in small groups or individually.
6) Dinosaur Lunch Alphabet Munch – This dino alphabet match game helps students in identifying lowercase letters and identifying capital letters. In this free alphabet printable for preschool, your student will pick a card and find the matching letter on the recording sheet. So simple! Print your dinosaur worksheet for preschool now!
7) Alphabet Word Search Worksheets – These cute alphabet wordsearch worksheets combine alphabet pictures with hunting for words in a grid and wrap up with traceable letters. The best thing about these alphabet tracing worksheets is that they’re ready to use in a matter of minutes but you’ll have a literacy center you can use all year long for plenty of lowercase alphabet tracing practice!
8) Alphabet Tracing Pages – The traceable letters and pictures in these fun trace and erase kinder alphabet worksheets give multiple opportunities for letter shape practice as well as spelling of some longer words. Download this alphabet tracing worksheets pdf and help your students gain mastery over their lowercase alphabet tracing.
Browse My Most Popular Literacy Activites:
1) Valentines Alphabet Clip Strips – Kids will choose among 5 different letters on the strip to identify the matching ones.
2) Alphabet Beginning Sound Coloring Pages – Watch your child become more familiar with each letter of the alphabet as they practice coloring in the objects with that beginning sound.
3) Tommy Turkey’s Alphabet Pie – This turkey-themed letter recognition activity is so simple to prep and makes a great file folder game!
4) Pirate Alphabet Playdough Mats – Just print out the playing mats and ask your child to form the letters out using the playdough provided.
5) Farm Alphabet Find and Cover Letters – Work on letter recognition any time of the year!
6) Werewolf Spin and Cover – Kids will race to find all the letters on their mat this Halloween.
7) Bunny Burrows Game – Fun game for small groups or circle time where students will catch a bunny and say out the sound.
8) Letter-saurus Fossil Digging – Dinosaur lovers will enjoy being a pretend paleontologist and finding all the letters.
9) Alphabet Handwriting Worksheets – Practice lowercase and capital letters with these print-and-go pages.
10) Rainy Day Alphabet – 1 printable, many ways to use.
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