Teaching my young students the letters of the alphabet is one of my favorite things to do. It’s always an exciting time when I introduce animal alphabet letter crafts and puzzles to my youngest learners. As early childhood educators, we know that letters and sounds are the cornerstone of our student’s literacy skills. We know that when we build a strong foundation of letter and sound recognition and knowledge, we set our students up for literacy and reading success down the line.
But what can we do to ensure we’re giving our students and children that strong foundation? Well, it all starts before they even get to us in the classroom. Hopefully, they’ve sung the ABCs and seen the letters of the alphabet not only in books but all around them in their daily environment. Once they get to our classroom, we start introducing letters and sounds more formally.
We might use any of these alphabet flip books to expose them to the entire alphabet in fun and silly ways. We use alphabet letter activities like these alphabet clip cards and these apple alphabet puzzles to give our students a chance to practice recognizing letters and identifying beginning sounds. I keep stacks of alphabet books in our reading center and we decorate our classroom with these alphabet posters so our ABC learning will be reinforced throughout the day.
I especially love to use these alphabet emergent readers in my small groups, or even as a whole group activity. I use the readers during my letter-of-the-week activities. After I introduce each letter, I always incorporate a letter craft, which is why I love these Animal Alphabet Letter Crafts & Puzzles. They fit into my letter instruction seamlessly, and I know they’d fit into yours too!
Animal Alphabet Letter Crafts and Puzzles
These alphabet letter activities are some of our most popular products and for good reason. Your students will love the familiar procedure of the craft and puzzles and you’ll love that these alphabet printables for kids are so easy to prep and use in the classroom (or even at home!).
Teachers love to use these animal alphabet crafts and animal alphabet letter puzzles with their students. If you are someone who introduces a new letter every week, these animal-themed crafts and activities will make the perfect addition to your lesson plans!
Inside You’ll Find:
- 26 Animal letter crafts, in color and black & white
- 26 Animal letter crafts with writing option
- 26 Animal letter puzzles, in color and black & white
Animal Alphabet Crafts
Students will love turning every letter of the alphabet into an adorable animal. With two different versions, you can choose whether to give your students the letter template with or without the sentence tracing component. On the tracing option, the sentence reads “__ is for __.” For example, on the letter A animal alphabet craft with the sentence tracing option, it reads “A a is for alligator.”
Each letter template comes in black & white for you to print on colored paper or to have your students color, and in color, if you’d prefer to cut down on a few steps. Each craft comes with the pieces needed to make the craft, as well as directions.
These letter-of-the-week animal crafts are great for one-off projects to send home with your students. You can also use them on bulletin boards, or have students glue each one in a notebook to make a collection of the entire alphabet.
Animal Alphabet Puzzles
When you purchase these animal alphabet activities, you’ll receive 26 animal puzzles, one for each letter of the alphabet. The ABC puzzles with animals come in both color and black & white, in case you want to save on ink! Each puzzle has three pieces: one with the uppercase letter, one with the lowercase letter, and one with the animal that begins with the letter sound.
These puzzles work best when they are laminated ahead of time so that they can be used over and over again. I suggest laminating them after printing, and then cutting them into pieces after that. You can also make these puzzles self-checking by putting the correct letters, matching colored dots, or numbers on the back of the pieces. I like to keep these alphabet puzzles in a baggie in my reading center. I often send my early finishers to go practice with them! Here’s how I like to keep my language arts materials organized.
What you’ll need to prep the animal alphabet crafts and puzzles:
Using the Alphabet Letter Crafts
The best part of the animal alphabet crafts is that your students really only need the craft template and pieces, scissors, and glue! I love that they don’t take a lot of time to set up or prep. I always model doing the craft before giving my students any materials. Depending on the ability level of the kids I’m working with, sometimes I’ll show them how to do it and send them on their way. Other times I will show them and then continue to follow step-by-step with them until their alphabet crafts are complete. Either way, you’ll end up with adorable animal alphabet letters afterward!
With the Animal Alphabet Letter Crafts and Puzzles, learning the ABCs can be interactive, fun, and educational. Help your students learn their letters in an enjoyable way by creating art pieces with our letter crafts sets. The puzzles bring an easy problem-solving challenge while allowing children to explore the different animals’ initial letter sounds for each letter of the alphabet. Our youngest learners will benefit from mastering letters as you start them off on their journey towards becoming more adept readers and writers as they master these foundational skills.
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