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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed The ABC’s Letter Recognition Activity

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.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed The Alphabet

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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What’s Included:

  • 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 
  • Scissors 
  • Paper Bag or Cardboard Box
  • Glue


To prepare this alphabet activity, click on the button below and fill out the form.

Next, download and print the printables on white card stock. 

Then, laminate the letter cards so your kids can use them over and over.

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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.

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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.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed The ABC's

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! 

Letter recognition activity

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed The ABC’s Letter Recognition Activity is a fun, hands-on way for your preschoolers and kindergarteners to work on letter recognition!

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.

Put Me In The Zoo Alphabet Activity

Little Red Riding Hood Alphabet Cards from Teaching with Children’s Books

Mouse & Cookie Letter Mats

Hungry Caterpillar Letter Sound Activity from Books and Giggles

Building Blocks Capital Letter Cards

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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, click on the button below and fill out the form with your name and email address.

SarA

Monday 1st of August 2022

Thanks

Melissa Reed

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

so cute!

christina Walker

Sunday 17th of July 2022

Great idea!

Tinamarie Munsell

Sunday 21st of November 2021

Thanks for sharing!

Heather

Friday 29th of October 2021

Thank you for helping my students with this fun activity!