Free printable letter formation cards for young children who are learning to write. Simple cards with large black and white letters!
Each card features one letter of the alphabet. Within the letter, there are guidelines with numbers and arrows to show children how to correctly form each letter.
These cards have so many wonderful uses and can be used for multiple years!
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Large letters and a simple design make these great learning resources for kids in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade.
I like to give my readers ideas for how to use materials with their kids. You can get access to a PDF version of the set at the end of this post.
You may also like this set of basic letter flashcards which feature large outlines of each letter of the alphabet.
Skills to Practice
- Fine Motor Skills
- Letter Formation
- Letter Recognition
- Making Observations
- Sorting and Classification
- Uppercase and Lowercase Letters
There are so many different ways to use letter formation cards with your kids. As the use the cards they can practice important skills.
Fine Motor Skills and Letter Formation
Designed to guide your children as they learn how to properly form each letter of the alphabet.
Each card has numbers to show your child were to start when properly forming each letter. Follow the guide lines and arrows to know which direction to go next.
A great way to practice this skill is to let your child trace each letter using their finger.
You can laminate each card in the set and let your kids trace each letter using a dry erase maker. Instead of laminating, you can place cards within a clear plastic sleeve.
Once ready, you can then have your kids use crayons or markers to draw directly onto the paper cards. This set is printer friendly to allow you to print off multiple copies.
Helpful Tip: For a black and white version, print off the set using your printer's black and white option instead of full color.
Sorting and Classification
Since each card features only one letter, your kids can also use these for letter matching. Kids can match uppercase and lowercase letters when learning the letters of the alphabet.
Together you can sort the cards into piles: one for consonants and the other for vowels.
If you have a writing center, you can even display a few cards with the letters that you are focusing on that week.
Kids are naturally drawn to sorting and classification activities as they try to make sense of the world around them.
Sorting activities and even matching games are a great way to make learning about letters fun and engaging.
Preparing the Cards
- Print off the set onto cardstock or plain printer paper
- If making into cards, cut out each letter card individually
- Use them as is or laminate the set
Designed as cards, each one can be cut out along the curved line. Printing onto cardstock instead of plain printer paper will make fo a sturdier card.
Laminating the set will keep the cards in good condition, but is not 100% necessary.
Another great option is to use these as a full page instead of cutting them into individual cards. You can print off individual pages to use as worksheets with your kids.
I personally, printed off a set and turned them into cards. Then will print off individual sheets on an as needed basis.
Young children benefit from repetition. Don't feel you need to rush to get through the entire alphabet quickly.
Learning how each letter is formed is a very important skill. Even as your kids begin writing on their own, you can keep the set nearby for them to reference as they are writing.
You can hole punch the cards and keep them on a ring or simply place them within a container. Personally, I like to leave them loose so that you can easily take out a few cards and lay them out where a child is working.
Ready for the next step? This set of free printable tracing worksheets feature the letter A.
Fun way to practice fine motor skills while counting from 1 to 10. After kids draw the lines to connect the dots they can color in the image!
Check out the entire collection of free coloring pages for kids. Coloring using crayons, markers, or watercolor paint is a great way to practice fine motor skills.
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Free Printable Letter Tracing Cards
- Set of uppercase and lowercase letters
- Each letter has numbers and arrows to guide your child
- For a black and white version, print off using your printer's black and white setting instead of full color
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