Snap Cube Alphabet Mats are a great addition to your Alphabet/Letter Centers.
If you like these types of activities, look for the other Alphabet Mats available in my store or save big by checking out the Alphabet Mats Growing Bundle.
Recognizing letters and learning their formation is one of the first exposures to literacy that a child has. Without a strong understanding of the Alphabet, a student’s ability to read could be greatly impacted. That knowledge of the Alphabet is commonly considered one of the best predictors of later achievement in reading. So giving our students various materials and ways to manipulate letters is imperative.
But teaching letter recognition and formation doesn’t have to be boring. By offering various tools and objects to create meaningful instruction, students will remain focused and engaged on learning. Snap cube mats are just one of the items you’ll find in my independent work stations. My students really enjoy working with them. They love having the choice to use materials that they enjoy and I like that they are working independently, building fine motor skills, and letter recognition.
Included in this set:
•26 Colored Pompom Alphabet Mats with tracing and writing task
•26 Black and White Pompom Alphabet Mats with tracing and writing task
•26 Colored Pompom Alphabet Mats with cover it task
•26 Black and White Pompom Alphabet Mats with cover it task
•26 Printable Dauber Worksheets with tracing and writing task
•26 Printable Dauber Worksheets with cover it task
Teacher instructions: There are a couple of variations from which you can choose. Select the option you would like to use and print these in color or in black and white and then laminate them to extend the life of this activity. Students will use snap cubes to make the capital or lowercase letters on the mat. Then depending on which variation you have selected, they will either sort the snap cubes by color and record the number of each used, or just count and record the total number of snap cubes used. Then students will trace the letter and, finally, try writing it on their own.
A printable version of this activity is also available for use. For this version, students make the letter, color the snap cubes used, count and record, trace and then write the letter.
Tips: For students who have mastered very few letters so far, only place those letters and the letters you are currently working on in this center. Too many letters can be overwhelming. As they master more letters, you can increase the number of mats included and use these to reinforce letter/sound identification and formation.