I’m always looking for fun and different preschool letter activities for my students. They enjoy learning about letters with activities that are engaging on many levels. Playing and learning go hand-in-hand, so it’s fun to come up with new ideas for the kiddos. I recently made fine motor letter snowmen, and they were a hit!
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1. Grab a bag of pony beads. You’ll need a total of 78, but I didn’t bother counting mine out ahead of time.
2. Write an uppercase letter on each bead. Do the same with the lowercase letters.
3. Draw a simple smiley face on 26 beads. These will be the snowmen’s heads! No, they aren’t “necessary”, but they make the activity more fun for the kids.
4. Place 26 flat toothpicks into a styrofoam base. I used two small circles, as I didn’t want to overwhelm the children with the entire alphabet in one spot. Plus, this gave more kiddos the chance to participate.
preschool letter activities to use with the alphabet snowmen
What the Children Did
We started out pretty simply with our snowmen. I showed the children how to make alphabet snowmen by matching uppercase and lowercase letters, then adding a snowman face.
The kids then set to work. Some preferred do this on their own, while others wanted to work in pairs. I loved seeing how the children helped each other during this – peer learning at its best.
I heard great observational comments throughout this task! “I’m doing the S snowman because that’s what my name starts with.” “Rosie, this is your snowman here! It’s the R one!” “I wonder if this snowman says /t/ because that’s what T says, you know.”
More ideas to try
I love integrating children’s names into teaching, so using the letters in their name is an activity I’d like to try soon. This would break it down to a smaller, more meaningful, number of letters to work with.
The children could help place the ABC snowmen in alphabetical order.
If some children are struggling with certain letters, a few of those “tricky” letters could be the focus on a lesson. I’d start with a few letters they know, then introduce one they’re having difficulty with.
What preschool letter activities would you try using these ABC snowmen? I’m always on the lookout for new ideas, so feel free to leave them in the comments below.