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Elephant Letter Recognition Activity

Are you looking for ways for preschoolers to practice learning the ABC’s? Then, you’ll want this Elephant Letter Recognition Activity! Your pre-readers will have fun feeding the elephant peanuts and naming the capital and lowercase letters.


Pre-Reading Skills

Elephant Letter Recognition Activity:

Your preschoolers can use this letter recognition activity independently during literacy centers or morning tubs. It can also be an enrichment activity for early finishers or a response to early intervention resource. 


This elephant-themed resource would be a great addition to your zoo or animal units. Or, it could be just a fun activity for your kids to do after their field trip to the zoo. 


what is letter recognition


What Is Letter Recognition?

Letter recognition is the ability to recognize and name all of the lowercase and capital letters. Kids who can identify the letters of the alphabet can distinguish between them too. Using hands-on activities is an engaging way for pre-readers to practice learning the ABC’s! 


Getting Ready To Use The Elephant Letter Recognition Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • Elephant to Feed
  • 26 Capital Letter Peanut Cards
  • 26 Lowercase Letter Peanut Cards


What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock or Copy Paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Paper Bag or Cardboard Box
  • Glue


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To get this alphabet activity ready for your kids, click on the button below and fill out the form. Then, download and print the elephant and peanuts. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too.


Next, laminate the elephant and peanuts, so your kids can use them over and over. Then, cut the pieces apart. Finally, tape or glue the elephant on a paper bag or cardboard box (such as a small tissue box) and cut the mouth out. 


How To Use The Elephant Letter Recognition Activity:

To use this letter recognition activity, your pre-readers will pick a peanut and say the name of the capital or lowercase letter on it as they feed it to the elephant.


If your preschoolers have just begun learning the names of the letters, start with just a few peanuts. You can then add more letters as their letter knowledge increases.


How To Teach Letter Recognition


When your kids know all of the letter names, they can practice saying the sound that each letter makes as they feed the elephant.


This Elephant Letter Recognition Activity is a fun, hands-on way for your pre-readers to practice identifying capital and lowercase letters!



Pin It For Later:

Do you want to save this letter recognition activity for later? Pin this to your alphabet activities board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!


Letter Recognition Activity


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Wednesday 28th of July 2021

I made this last year and my students loved feeding the elephant! I love that it has both upper case and lower case letters. It can be used for matching or identifying letters.