Alphabet Roads (Free Download)

These alphabet roads are so much fun for learning letter identification and for pre-writing practice. This set includes all uppercase letters A-Z with a fun race car theme. The letters are each 5×7 and can be printed and put into a binder with sheet protectors for repeated use.

I printed all of the letter pages (26 letters, 2 letters on each page so 13 pages) and then folded each in half so that there is a letter on each side of each page. Then I inserted them all into 5×7 sheet protectors and placed them in a cute 5×7 binder I found at Office Depot. Then I gave my kids a Matchbox car (if you are a mom of boys you already probably have 100 of these but just in case, you can find tons of them at Walmart for a dollar or less).

For my toddler we go through the binder and he “zooms” the car on each letter as I remind him of the letter name and sound. Instead of making a typical car noise we make the “engine” say the letter sound.

For my four year old who is learning to write, I have him drive his car over the letters in the same direction that you would with a pen. There are arrows on each letter to indicate where to begin. Then I have him use a dry erase marker to trace each road.

For approximately 10$ (if you include the cost of the ink to print these) we made a fun new activity the kids have used again and again. It’s always great to have activities that trick them into thinking they are just playing, while you know they are also learning.

This activity is available for FREE download here: Letter Racing Roads

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Color Learning Mats and Clip Cards

I have two new color sorting/matching activities this week, great for kids as young as 18 months through Kindergarten.

These sort & stick mats are great for teaching color recognition, color names, matching and sorting. The amount of prep required with these depends on how you want to use them. To create a color matching/sorting book for long-lasting, repeated use:

  1. Print all of the pages
  2. Cut the object images apart
  3. Laminate the object cards and the color grid sheets
  4. Attach velcro to the grids and cards so that kids can pull them on and off repeatedly, and so that all of the images are self-contained on their respective mats
  5. Three-hole punch each of the 8 mats and put into a binder

image_2 imageimage_1If you wish to avoid the prep, just print and cut and kids can match by laying the image cards on the correct grid. This set will keep little ones busy for a while, and is great for guided learning with really little ones, or independent play for older preschoolers. I like to put two or three mats out at a time, remove all of the images and have the kids sort them onto the correct grids. My 20 month old cannot say any color words yet but he can do this sorting task with accuracy, and my three-year old has been sorting colors for a while but he still loves to play and practice with this. The download for these is only $1.50 and can be found here Color Sort & Stick Mats

These color matching clip cards are a great companion to the sorting mats and are only .95 cents at my TPT store. Simply print, cut apart and laminate (optional). Slide08 Slide03 Slide07

Kids use clothespins or paper clips to identify which of the color droplets match the image on the card. This is a great visual discrimination, matching and fine motor task. You can view this product at Color Match Clip Cards

As always the clipart used here comes from various great artists on TPT. Credits are as follows and are included in the downloads.