Looking for a fun way to practice the alphabet this holiday season? Your preschooler will love this Christmas Alphabet Activity.
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Christmas Alphabet Activity
This Christmas alphabet activity is a festive way to practice the alphabet. It has all 26 capital letters inside cute Christmas lights.
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How to Use the Christmas Alphabet Matching Printable
Once you’ve printed your Christmas alphabet matching printable, it’s really easy to get started:
- Grab your letter magnets or letter beads.
- Sort out the green and red for extra holiday fun (optional).
- Demonstrate for your child how to match the letters to the printable.
- Give your child 3-8 letters depending on their skill just 3 (or even 1 or 2).
It’s more important to build success and enjoyment than it is to do the Christmas alphabet activity “correctly.”
A few days later, you can pull this activity sheet out again and try with a few more letters.
Read on for more ideas about how to use the Christmas alphabet printable.
Why Practice the Alphabet at Christmas?
So why did I create this printable to share with you? Well, it is a super cute Christmas alphabet printable.
But really it’s because learning the alphabet is important.
You’ll hear some Instagram influencers say we just need to calm down and not worry about preschool-age children learning the alphabet.
This is well-intentioned but terribly misguided advice. The alphabet and letter sounds (along with phonological awareness) are the foundation of reading.
Fluency with letter naming is predictive of future reading success. This means children entering kindergarten need to identify the letters effortlessly and quickly.
It’s not necessary to do flashcards with a 2-year-old. But yes, if you have a preschooler, you do need to work on the alphabet with them.
Neurodivergent Children and the Alphabet
The part I find most troubling is the assumption that all kids are going to earn the alphabet “when they’re ready.”
Around 20% of all children and early elementary students have either a developmental disability like ADHD or autism or a learning disability like dyslexia. They don’t just learn when they are ready.
Some children have no learning differences but just need a lot more repetition to learn this skill. And that’s okay.
Black & White Christmas Alphabet Template
This alphabet printable is so versatile.
Teachers can photocopy it for their learners and play a whole-class game with it.
Parents can use it as a Christmas alphabet coloring sheet. Either let your child just color or call out specific letters for your child to color in.
Fine Motor Christmas Alphabet Activity
You can turn this Christmas matching activity into a fine motor activity, too:
- Grab pom poms.
- Find some tweezers (we use strawberry haulers).
- Model for your child how to use the tweezers.
- Invite your child to grab a pom pom, name a letter, and cover it.
- You can also call out letters for your child to cover.
Christmas Dot the Alphabet
This printable can also help your child develop their pencil grip by using dot stickers.
Here’s how your child can play Christmas Dot the Alphabet:
- Print your printable.
- Grab a sheet of dot stickers and a Sharpie marker.
- Write the letters of the alphabet on the dot stickers in capital letters
- Depending on your child’s skill level, give them 5-10 letters to start.
- Show your child how to peel and match.
Does your child already know the capital letters?
- Write the lowercase letters on your dot stickers.
- Show your child how to peel the lowercase letter a and match it to the capital letter A.
- Start with just 3-5 letters and build success from there.
Christmas Letter Sound Activity
Use this printable with your older children, too. You’re going to develop your child’s phonological awareness with this printable.
Tell your child you’re going to call out letter sounds or words and you want your child to color or dot the letter that spells that sound.
- Parent: Here’s a dot marker and an alphabet printable. I’m going to say some words while I wash these dishes. You can dot the letters that spell the first sound in the words I say.
- Child: (grabs the dot marker)
- Parent: Dot the letter that spells the /c/ sound.
- Child: (Dots the letter k) Kite spells the /c/ sound.
- Parent: That’s great. Can you think of another letter that spells the /c/ sound?
- Child: C spells the /c/ sound.
- Parent: Can you say dog?
- Child: Dog.
- Parent: Dot the letter that spells the first sound you hear in dog.
- Child: (Dots the letter D).
Your older child will have a lot of fun with this interactive Christmas alphabet printable.
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Supplies for the Christmas Alphabet Printable
You probably already have all the supplies you need at home, and most are linked above. But here are the supplies in one convenient list:
More Christmas Printables
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Learning the alphabet is important. But you can have fun and playing is important.
Grab this free Christmas Alphabet Activity and have a festive time playing with letters with your child.
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