Your students can use these printable preschool winter words to learn and explore the alphabet. You can grab five free word printables at the bottom of this post.
Are you following Fun-A-Day’s Winter Pinterest board?
I love coming up with a variety of ways to teach the alphabet to the preschoolers.
Yes, these winter letter tile sheets seem pretty basic, but you’d be amazed at how much fun the kids have with them. All while learning about letters and words.
Preschool Winter Words Activity
My students love being “letter detectives” and “word builders” using these winter word cards. Here’s how to use winter word cards with your own students.
Prepping the Preschool Winter Words
Print out the winter word sheets (you can get your free printable at the bottom of this post).
To ensure these preschool winter words last, I suggest you laminate them. I mounted ours on a piece of blue construction paper before running them through the school laminator.
If you’d rather not laminate them, at least place them inside dry erase pockets.
Grab the alphabet manipulatives you want to use with the winter word sheets. I like to use them with letter tiles, but a wide variety of other letter items could work.
Making Winter Words in Preschool
Once the winter words are all ready to go, place them out on a table. They are great to use during literacy small groups or in your literacy center.
Set out the alphabet manipulatives of your choice.
I placed the preschool winter words on a table in the classroom, then added the letter tiles. I made sure the tiles were turned over so the letters were right-side up. As you can see, it wasn’t a very fancy set-up (and it doesn’t need to be).
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When using letter tile sheets like these for the first time, be sure to explain them to the children. I love telling the kids they’re letter or word “detectives” on the hunt for the letters they need to make specific words. It just adds that extra bit of fun to the activity.
During the first exploration of these sheets, I suggest you grab just the letters you need for each individual page. Mix up the letters and place them on, or next to, the appropriate winter words page. This narrows the activity down to a more manageable level when the children are first starting out. Depending on the child, you might want to do this for an extended period of time.
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After the kids understand how to use the letter tiles an the preschool winter words, just place all of the materials out and let the children practice independently.
How the Kids Played and Learned
I enjoyed watching the children as they searched for the needed letters among the pile of letters on the table. I was so entertained at their excitement over finding each letter. They LOVED when I congratulated them on being “letter detectives”!
It was interesting to note that some children built the words in order, going from right to left. They refused to move on until they had the needed letter. Others just added letters as they located them in the pile. Either way, they were all proud of themselves as they created the words.
Of course, after they were pros at this alphabet activity, I actively challenged the kids to move only from left to right.
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What Do the Kids Learn?
I love how much learning was packed into this preschool winter words activity! The students get a lot out of building words. Here are just a few things they learn:
- Letter identification
- Letter matching
- Matching uppercase and lowercase letters
- We read and write moving left to right
- Letter sounds
- When letters are in a certain order they can create words
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Other Ways to Learn
While the winter word cards are great for making words with letter tiles, that’s not their only use.
The word cards also make great references when the children are drawing and writing.
They can also use magnetic letters to create the words on white boards and easels.
There are certainly more ways to use these printable winter words in the preschool classroom. How will your kids play and learn with them?
Winter-Themed Teacher Resources
Want to save time planning for preschool? Check out these preschool teaching resources from Preschool Teacher 101. Click on the photos below for more information on each item. Even better . . . take a look at our membership options for more ways to make your teaching life better.
- Preschool Winter Lesson Plans
- Snowman Preschool Lesson Plans
- Preschool Snowflake Lesson Plans
- Hot Cocoa Math Activities
- Arctic Lesson Plans
- The Mitten Lesson Plans
Get Your Free Preschool Winter Words
As I mentioned above, you can grab a free printable containing five preschool winter words for your students. The five words are snowman, cocoa, skating, snowflake, and mittens. They have been updated, so they don’t look exactly the same as the ones pictured with my students.
This printable is available to members of Fun-A-Day’s free email community. If you’re already a member, click on the box and enter your information (just your email and your first name). Then the printable will be sent directly to your email inbox.
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PLEASE NOTE that many school district computers have firewalls and pop-up blockers that will inhibit your access to this free printable. You might see the pop-up stall out and say “submitting” for an extended period of time, or you might not see the box that’s supposed to pop up. If you’re on a school computer and run into these issues, this might be the case for your district. Using a non-school computer should solve that problem.