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This post has been co-written with Ben Wolfson, a full-time educator and assistant principal in the USA.
Sunflowers make for an excellent transition project for your preschoolers. You’ll start by talking about seeds and what plants need to grow in the spring, and have students put the seeds in the ground and take care of them. When they return to your classroom in the fall, the sunflowers should be big and tall and ready to use. You can do some counting of the petals, drawings of the plants and even try eating some of the seeds. Once they’ve finished growing, you can bring sunflowers into your classroom with this alphabet stamping sheet to help your students with practicing letter recognition.
Effective Preschool Alphabet Activities
One of your primary tasks to get your preschoolers ready for kindergarten is to help them learn the letters of the alphabet, both in upper and lowercase. As with all key skills with this age group, repetition is key, as is finding multiple ways for them to practice themselves. Flashcards and letter hunts are good tools for helping them to find different forms of the same letter, and this sunflower alphabet letter stamping page gives them the opportunity to accurately make the letters that they see without having to worry about pencil grip or correct letter formation.
Preparing Your Letter Stamping Page
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Ways To Use Sunflower Alphabet Stamping Sheet
These simple preschool alphabet activities are easy to use straight off the printer. Just make sure you have a full set of upper and lowercase alphabet stamps, and your students can find the sunflower alphabet cards and then stamp the matching letter onto their letter stamping page. Once they’ve got the basic concept of the alphabet stamping sheet, try some of these extra activities to push their learning further:
Say the name – practicing letter recognition is all about connecting printed letters to the sounds that they make. Encourage your students to say the name and the sound that each letter makes in your phonics program before they stamp it on the page. This will help them develop the connections necessary for early writing and reading as well as giving them permission to be noisy (sort of!) in your classroom.
Work with a buddy – the easy way to use this alphabet stamping sheet is to hide the cards around the room or in your sand tray and have students find them. Up the challenge by having your students work with a partner. Give one person a blank letter stamping page and the other person a filled in page. The person with the filled in page then says the letters that they see in front of them, and the challenge is for both players to end up with an identical set of sunflower alphabet letters.
Reverse the game – you can change up the game for a center by giving students an already completed alphabet stamping sheet and have them take turns to turn over the sunflower alphabet cards to find the right matches. The first player to find all the matches (or matches in a straight line, like BINGO) wins. Make sure you’ve printed off multiple copies of the letter cards so all students have the chance to win.
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!
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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.