Learning the alphabet can be very engaging for little learners. Throughout the year I like to weave alphabet activities into our preschool themes. We often use alphabet mats for letter building and sensory alphabet activities. During our gingerbread theme we used these Gingerbread ABCs Preschool Alphabet Printables. Here I’m outlining some of the ways we use them. You can get your own free printable 106-page set of gingerbread alphabet mats at the end of the post.
Gingerbread ABCs Preschool Alphabet Printables
FIND EVEN MORE GINGERBREAD THEME ACTIVITIES IN OUR PRINTABLE PRESCHOOL LESSON PLANS.
The free printable gingerbread alphabet mats are designed one to a page. This gives you a lot of flexibility for printing. Some activities require a full page per letter, while others work best with a smaller 1/2 page or 1/4 page format. Simply change your printer options to print 1 per page, 2 per page or 4 per page to get the desired layout for your activities. All mats are also available in black and white for your convenience.
I also highly recommend laminating these or using dry erase pockets so you can use them over and over again.
SEE THIS PRINTABLE IN ACTION
Watch this quick video clip to see some of the ways we use these Gingerbread ABC mats. There are tons of possibilities!
WAYS TO PLAY & LEARN With the Gingerbread ABCs Preschool Alphabet Printables
Grab your favorite loose parts and the gingerbread letter mats for an easy, no mess alphabet center activity or morning work option. Here we are using red and green glass gems. Mini pom poms, mini candy erasers, and buttons would also work well for this option.
If your kids love play dough activities, then combine these letter mats with scented gingerbread play dough. It adds an amazing sensory element, and allows for a lot more fine motor practice along the way.
You can keep it simple and have kids roll out play dough snakes to form letters.
And you can extend the play a bit by adding in some additional loose parts. Here we are using multi-colored pony beads for kids to press into the dough as they decorate their gingerbread letters.
Once kids are showing an interest in writing letters add dry erase markers to this set and let them practice letter formation. You can bind the full alphabet set into a flip book to make it easier for them to practice multiple letters.
GET YOUR FREE GINGERBREAD PRESCHOOL ALPHABET PRINTABLES
The free printable Gingerbread ABC Mats set includes four complete alphabet options:
- Uppercase Letter Mats in Color
- Lowercase Letter Mats in Color
- Uppercase Letter Mats in Black and White (print on colored paper for added fun)
- Lowercase Letter Mats in Black and White (print on colored paper for added fun)
Interested in more alphabet mats to use throughout the year?
This bundle includes expanded versions of all six of our Seasonal ABC Fine Motor Mat activity series. These tools help children learn to recognize, build and write the letters of the alphabet.
Get 2 free sets when you buy the full bundle!
The emphasis in this series is on providing a hands-on and playful way for children to interact with letters using a variety of multi-sensory materials. Choose between play dough, loose parts, and dry erase markers to mix it up and keep the activity fresh for extended use.
The expanded versions of the alphabet mats also includes eight optional recording sheets that can be used for students to track and review the letters they make during the activity.
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers.
MORE GINGERBREAD FUN WITH PRINTABLE GINGERBREAD THEME LESSON PLANS
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
The full Gingerbread Theme Lesson Plan Pack also includes:
1) Gingerbread Man Character Puppets (in color and b/w)
2) Gingerbread Color Sorting Mats and Object Cards
3) Gingerbread Man Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Colors (in color and b/w)
4) Gingerbread Man Gingerbread House Measurement and Size Sorting Cards
5) Gingerbread Man Number Cards (in color and b/w)
6) Gingerbread Man Ten-Frame Mats 1-10 (in color and b/w)
7) Gingerbread Man Pattern Prompt Task Cards
8) Gingerbread Man Rhyming Sort
9) Gingerbread Man Ending Sound Matching Puzzles
10) Gingerbread Man Roll and Graph Game
11) Gingerbread Man Water Science Experiment Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
12) Gingerbread Letter Cookie Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
13) Decorate a Gingerbread House Counting Mats for Numbers 1-10 and one blank version in color and b/w
14) Gingerbread Five Senses Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
GET YOUR LESSON PLANS
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