Children will explore the alphabet with our free winter read it build it write it printable activity sheets. A great addition to all of your other wonderful winter activities for preschoolers!
Scroll down to grab your own copy of the free printable at the bottom of this post.
Related: I Like Winter Free Printable Book
Teaching your students about the alphabet can seem overwhelming overwhelming at times. Especially considering that all individuals, children and adults alike, learn in a different way.
And that’s why I love our read it, write it, make it free alphabet printables so much! They give each student the chance to learn their letters in the ways in which they learn best. Along with this winter version, we also have spring and fall alphabet cards!
Winter Read It Build It Write It
That’s what makes our read it, write it, make it series so effective! We’ve taken into account the various ways that young minds learn and the fact that they need several meaningful modes of exposure while learning. And we put all of that into a single learning resource.
How to Prepare the Winter Printable
Follow the simple steps below to prepare the free printable alphabet cards and read it, make it, write it mats. As with all of our other free preschool printables, we’ve tried to make the process as simple as possible.
First thing’s first! Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get your copy of the printable cards and mat. Print off copies based on how you plan to use this activity in your classroom. We will touch on some activity ideas below.
Finally, I strongly suggest laminating both the cards and the mats. This will extend the life of the printable by both providing extra durability and creating a suitable surface for dry-erase markers. Dry erase pockets work well for the mats, but not as well for the alphabet cards.
And that’s it! Your winter read it, make it, write it printable activity is ready for your class to use.
Using the Winter Read It, Make It, Write It in the Classroom
Now that you have the winter resource printed and prepped, it’s time to put them to use in the classroom. Here is the main way we’ve used the mats:
First, provide the students with a winter read it, make it, build it mat and a few letter cards. Then, let them place a letter card in the “read it” space. Have the children study the shape and identify the letter and/or its sound. They can also practice distinguishing between capital and lower case letters.
Next, have them use a dry erase marker to write the letter out in the “write it” box. If they have trouble with this, it could be helpful to model writing the letter for the student and letting them trace the letters on the letter cards.
Finally, use some manipulative to let the students make or build the letter in the “make it” space. There are so many different things that can be used to create the shape of the letters.
As you can see in the photos, we used small snowflakes and sparkly dots. Here are a few other items that your students can use for the “make it” portion of the winter-themed activity (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Reusable snowflake window clings
- Play dough
- Snowflake confetti
- Cool-colored pompoms
- Clip connects
- Plastic ice cubes or crystals
Look around your classroom for other ideas for the “make it” portion of the activity. Maybe you have some leftover pieces of yarn or a stack of bendy straws lying around that you can use. The possibilities are endless!
A Few Other Ideas
As I mentioned earlier, you can use the winter read it, build it, write it printable a few different ways. In addition to the original way we’ve used it, you can:
- Pair the mats with magnetic letters or other alphabet manipulatives. The kids can add the letters in the “make” spot on the page.
- Consider turning it into a scavenger hunt! Hide some of the letter cards (or alphabet manipulatives) around the classroom or even just the center you’re working in. Kids can find the letters before writing and building the letters.
- Pair the letter cards with a sensory writing tray. It doesn’t have to be fancy! A simple snow writing tray would be perfect.
- Have the kids put a layer of play dough on the “make” part of the mat. The kids can then form the letters by pressing their fingers into the dough or they can use loose parts to create the letters.
- Make the letter cards more tactile so the students can feel how the letters are formed. Do this by adding a layer of glitter glue over the letters.
How would you and your students use the winter alphabet printable? Tell me about it in the comments below!
How to Teach the Alphabet
Now, you may be wondering how to teach the alphabet . . . what exactly is the best way to teach the alphabet? Well, I know that it’s taboo to answer a question with a question but that’s the only response I’ve got to this particular conundrum. And that question would be, “how do your students learn?”
My best advice here is to teach to your individual students! Make the learning meaningful and interesting, and remember that young children need to move and explore as they learn. In the article linked in the above paragraph, I have a lot more information to help you with teaching those ABCs.
With all of this in mind, it’s also crucial to understand another very important aspect of learning. Even though each child has their own unique learning preferences, every young mind needs multiple and meaningful exposure to new material. In a nutshell, that means that children need to experience the material in a variety of meaningful ways in order to learn and retain the information.
Free Winter Read It, Build It, Write It Printable
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