Are your kids working on learning the ABC’s? Grab this free printable There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed The ABC’s Letter Recognition Activity.
It’s a fun, hands-on resource for your young learners to do after reading the book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed The ABC’s by Lucille Colandro.
With this letter recognition activity, your preschoolers and kindergarteners can practice identifying capital and lowercase letters by their shapes and names.
Being able to identify letters is an important pre-reading skill. By recognizing the shapes and names of letters, kids can begin to understand how sounds are related to the written symbols. This is essential for learning to read.
Letter recognition is a building block for other skills such as writing too. As children become more familiar with the letter shapes and names, they can learn similarities and differences between how letters are formed.
By teaching kids to identify letters by their shapes and names, we can give them a head start in learning to read and write.
Getting Ready to Use There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the ABCs Activity:
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- Old Lady Picture
- 26 Capital Letter Cards
- 26 Lowercase Letter Cards
What Else Is Needed:
- There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed The ABC’s by Lucille Colandro
- White Card Stock or Copy Paper
- Paper Bag or Cardboard Box
To prepare this alphabet activity, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Next, download and print the printables on white card stock.
Then, laminate the letter cards so your kids can use them over and over.
After laminating the printables, cut the old lady and letter cards out.
Finally, tape or glue the old lady on a paper bag or cardboard box and cut out the mouth.
How to Use the There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the Letters Activity:
After reading the book There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed The ABC’s by Lucille Colandro, your kids can use this letter recognition activity to practice identifying capital and lowercase letters.
To play, they will pick a letter card and identify the letter on it as they “feed” it to the old lady. Your children can also use letter tiles, magnets, or other manipulatives.
If your pre-readers are just starting to learn the names of the letters, start with just a few letter cards. You can then add a couple more every time they play.
When your kids know all of the letter names, they can say the sound that each letter makes as they give the letter to the old lady. It’s easy to differentiate this activity for your young learners!
More Alphabet Activities for Preschool:
For more letter recognition practice, share these picture books and use these other literacy resources with your kids.
Alphabet Books for Kids:
Reading these picture books to your children will help them learn the letters of the alphabet by their shapes and names.
Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
I Spy Letters by Jean Marzollo
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Alphabet Activities for Kids:
With these fun, hands-on letter recognition activities, your kids can practice naming, matching, and forming capital and lowercase letters.
Little Red Riding Hood Alphabet Cards from Teaching with Children’s Books
Hungry Caterpillar Letter Sound Activity from Books and Giggles
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Download the There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the Alphabet Activity:
To get the printables for this letter recognition activity, fill out the form with your name and email address.