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January 26, 2016

Easy and Engaging Alphabet Art Activities

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    ​There are some excellent teaching resources out there, not just from books but also from fellow teachers (like your Top Teaching pals right here!) on blogs and social media. But for consistently high-quality materials, I can always count on The Teacher Store.

    Case in point: books for teaching the alphabet.

    Alphabet Art Activities by Immacula A. Rhodes ($9.74 for the paperback edition; $8.44 for the eBook) comes with two activities for each letter: a project and an alphabet book page. Not only are the activities hands-on and engaging, they teach so many different skills: letter recognition, letter sounds, letter formation and penmanship, vocabulary, cutting and pasting, fine motor skills, and creativity. Plus in my classroom, I find that there is almost no time to make art for art's sake, so this is a good way to include it in the curriculum.

    These activities are great for all learners, including ELL students, and can be done during different times of instruction. As an example, you can do the art projects in a literacy center and the book pages in small groups. If you need extra help, invite some fifth grade buddies to join you.

    Every page includes a tip. To decorate the Paper Plate Pig (shown in the fifth row below), for instance, the author suggests using pink or purple paint to reinforce the letter p. (I also added a pipe cleaner for the tail!) My tip to you is to have materials prepared ahead of time.

    Take a look at this artful approach to learning the alphabet as shown by my kinders.

     

    Alien Appliqué and Accordion Alligator Bubble-Wrap Bee and Button-Print Ball

    Alien Appliqué and Accordion Alligator

    Bubble-Wrap Bee and Button-Print Ball

     

    Cupcake-Liner Caterpillar and Comic-Strip Calico Cat Fancy Foil Fish and Fork-Print FIreworks

    Cupcake-Liner Caterpillar and Comic-Strip Calico Cat

    Fancy Foil Fish and Fork-Print Fireworks

     

    Glitter Glasses and Gift-Wrap Garden Juice-Pouch Jellyfish and Jewel Juggler

    Glitter Glasses and Gift-Wrap Garden

    Juice-Pouch Jellyfish and Jewel Juggler

     

    Kernel K Kite and Key Kettle Origami Owl and Oil-Rubbed Ocean

    Kernel K Kite and Key Kettle

    Origami Owl and Oil-Rubbed Ocean

     

    Paper-Plate Pig and Pencil-Point PineappleQuarter Quilt and Quill Queen

    Paper-Plate Pig and Pencil-Point Pineapple

    Quarter Quilt and Quill Queen

     

    Tessellated Teddy and Torn-Tissue Turtle Upright and Upside-Down Umbrella and Umber Underground

    Tessellated Teddy and Torn-Tissue Turtle

    Upright and Upside-Down Umbrella and Umber Underground

     

    Wax-Paper X-ray and Six-Color Exit Yarn Yield and Yellow Yo-Yo

    Wax-Paper X-ray and Six-Color Exit

    Yarn Yield and Yellow Yo-Yo

     

    Zipper-Striped Zebra and Zucchini Zoomer

    Zipper-Striped Zebra and Zucchini Zoomer

     

    Alphabet Art Book

    Students can bring three-ring binders for the alphabet books. As each page is completed, they can use a three-hole punch and add it to their binder. (If you teach the letters out of order, make sure students place the pages in order.)

     

    Alphabet Art Book

    You can also make an additional book for the class library. Have each student do a separate page, and then have a publishing party! Invite parents to listen to their kids show off their pages.

     

    Some of the products in this blog post were provided to the blogger by Scholastic for her review and suggested use.

    ​There are some excellent teaching resources out there, not just from books but also from fellow teachers (like your Top Teaching pals right here!) on blogs and social media. But for consistently high-quality materials, I can always count on The Teacher Store.

    Case in point: books for teaching the alphabet.

    Alphabet Art Activities by Immacula A. Rhodes ($9.74 for the paperback edition; $8.44 for the eBook) comes with two activities for each letter: a project and an alphabet book page. Not only are the activities hands-on and engaging, they teach so many different skills: letter recognition, letter sounds, letter formation and penmanship, vocabulary, cutting and pasting, fine motor skills, and creativity. Plus in my classroom, I find that there is almost no time to make art for art's sake, so this is a good way to include it in the curriculum.

    These activities are great for all learners, including ELL students, and can be done during different times of instruction. As an example, you can do the art projects in a literacy center and the book pages in small groups. If you need extra help, invite some fifth grade buddies to join you.

    Every page includes a tip. To decorate the Paper Plate Pig (shown in the fifth row below), for instance, the author suggests using pink or purple paint to reinforce the letter p. (I also added a pipe cleaner for the tail!) My tip to you is to have materials prepared ahead of time.

    Take a look at this artful approach to learning the alphabet as shown by my kinders.

     

    Alien Appliqué and Accordion Alligator Bubble-Wrap Bee and Button-Print Ball

    Alien Appliqué and Accordion Alligator

    Bubble-Wrap Bee and Button-Print Ball

     

    Cupcake-Liner Caterpillar and Comic-Strip Calico Cat Fancy Foil Fish and Fork-Print FIreworks

    Cupcake-Liner Caterpillar and Comic-Strip Calico Cat

    Fancy Foil Fish and Fork-Print Fireworks

     

    Glitter Glasses and Gift-Wrap Garden Juice-Pouch Jellyfish and Jewel Juggler

    Glitter Glasses and Gift-Wrap Garden

    Juice-Pouch Jellyfish and Jewel Juggler

     

    Kernel K Kite and Key Kettle Origami Owl and Oil-Rubbed Ocean

    Kernel K Kite and Key Kettle

    Origami Owl and Oil-Rubbed Ocean

     

    Paper-Plate Pig and Pencil-Point PineappleQuarter Quilt and Quill Queen

    Paper-Plate Pig and Pencil-Point Pineapple

    Quarter Quilt and Quill Queen

     

    Tessellated Teddy and Torn-Tissue Turtle Upright and Upside-Down Umbrella and Umber Underground

    Tessellated Teddy and Torn-Tissue Turtle

    Upright and Upside-Down Umbrella and Umber Underground

     

    Wax-Paper X-ray and Six-Color Exit Yarn Yield and Yellow Yo-Yo

    Wax-Paper X-ray and Six-Color Exit

    Yarn Yield and Yellow Yo-Yo

     

    Zipper-Striped Zebra and Zucchini Zoomer

    Zipper-Striped Zebra and Zucchini Zoomer

     

    Alphabet Art Book

    Students can bring three-ring binders for the alphabet books. As each page is completed, they can use a three-hole punch and add it to their binder. (If you teach the letters out of order, make sure students place the pages in order.)

     

    Alphabet Art Book

    You can also make an additional book for the class library. Have each student do a separate page, and then have a publishing party! Invite parents to listen to their kids show off their pages.

     

    Some of the products in this blog post were provided to the blogger by Scholastic for her review and suggested use.

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