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Elephant Letter Recognition Activity

Are you looking for ways for preschoolers and kindergarteners 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.

This zoo-themed resource is a great way for your young learners to practice identifying the letters by their shapes and names. 

Pre-Reading Skills

Your preschoolers and kindergarteners 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. 

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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. 

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

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. 

Next, laminate the elephant and peanuts, so your kids can use them over and over. Then, cut the pieces apart.

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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.

Letter Recognition Activity

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

More Zoo Literacy Activities:

To extend this zoo-themed activity, you can pair it with these picture books and other literacy resources.

Zoo Books for Kids:

To learn more about the animals that live at the zoo, share these fiction and non-fiction books with your children.

View at the Zoo by Kathleen Long Bostrom  

Life at the Zoo by Michael George

What Do You Do If You Work At The Zoo? by Steve Jenkins

Zoo Activities for Kids:

With these printable resources, your kids can work on letter formation, beginning sounds, and more!

Zoo Play Dough & Letter Mats

Zoo Name Worksheets from Books and Giggles

Zoo Animals Cut & Paste Book

Zoo Vocabulary Words for Preschoolers by Homeschool Preschool

Zoo Beginning Sounds Bingo Game

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These Letter Dot Painting Worksheets are a fun, hands-on way for your students to practice letter recognition and formation.

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Download the Elephant Letter Naming Activity:

To get the free printables for this Elephant Letter Recognition Activity, click on the button below and fill out the form.


Monday 24th of April 2023

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.

ABC's of Literacy

Monday 24th of April 2023

Thank you for sharing!


Monday 10th of October 2022

Thank you for the Elephant Letter Recognition activity. I am very happy to have so many different choices of the letter recognition games.

Donna wood

Friday 7th of October 2022



Wednesday 25th of May 2022

I love these letter activities Thank you so much.


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.

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