Today’s free alphabet cut and paste activity is 15 pages and covers all letters A-Z. There is cutting, pasting and writing to get those fine motor skills going, and lots of words to practice writing and reading! There is new vocabulary to learn, too, since some words are not generally used with very young children.
Download the printable at the end of this post then print off the pages as you want to use them. That’s it!!
At the end of the file there are 2 additional pages to cover the different spelling of axe and mum!
Activity 1: colour the letters
- Write their name on the top of the page then look at the 2 big letters in the center of the page.
- What are they?
- Say the letter name and the letter sound.
- Colour the letters.
- More advanced: use markers to write the letter using correct formation. Because the letters are hollow this could be done quite a few times using a rainbow of colours.
Activity 2: alphabet cut and paste
Each page focuses on 2 letters – the reason they’re not in alphabetical order is simply to avoid having 2 tall letters on one page, there’s no intentional pairing of specific letters. If you’re not sure what word a picture represents check the alphabet list at the beginning of the printable. All the words used are listed there!
- Cut out the letter squares in the middle of the page. It might help to have a little dish for the letters so they don’t go missing!
- Look at each picture and decide which starting sound it might have. Say the word out loud and then if fairly confident, glue the correct letter into the square below the picture.
- Each page has 6 words representing each letter.
- Please note: X is used as a final sound in this activity.
Some of the words will be less known, particularly for young children. This has been intentional in order to give the opportunity to talk about new words. For example:
- A: asp – a venomous snake like the Egyptian cobra or horned viper. The snake graphic used is not specifically one of those snakes.
- G: gem
- H: hag – this is excellent as a 3-letter word for reading, but for the explanation I believe it’s better to say that a hag is an ugly mean witch, rather than an ugly old lady. I wouldn’t want a child to think it’s OK to call someone they think is not attractive a hag!
- I: inn
- J: jazz and jeep
- L: lei
- P: pal
- Q: quest, quill and quiz
- R: raw
- U: UFO, urn, USA
- X: tux (for tuxedo) and sax (for saxophone). All the X words used are final sound words to help in teaching the proper ‘ks’ sound.
- Z: zest and zzz (for sleeping). There is a grater included in the zest picture to help in the explanation of using the outside of the fruit.
Activity 3: write the words
Under each picture write the target sound at the beginning (or end) of the word, then trace over the remaining dotted letters to write each word out. Depending on your child’s ability they might be better just to complete the cut and paste, or just to write the target beginning sounds for each word.
Each page takes a fair amount of concentration so it may work best to take a break (or a whole day) between each activity so focus is not lost. Other children will be quite happy to complete the whole page in one go. Just use your own judgment as this is not meant to be a chore!
Activity 4: read the words
Go back over the page and encourage your child to read the words they’ve written. For some, it’s enough to look at the word and say it, prompted by the picture.
For others, encourage them to run their fingertip under each letter, sounding it out as they go so they can hear the sounds created by each letter and how they work together to form the word.
You might like to print off the alphabet list noting all the 156 words used. Can your child scan through the list and recognise a target word by first looking for the beginning sound and then deciding which of the 6 words is the target?
Click on the following highlighted link to download your Alphabet Cut and Paste, Write and Read printable. It will be sent immediately to your downloads folder or other device equivalent.
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