Tactile letters (a to e) in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 8, 2010

in Letter of the Week, Letter Recognition

To integrate the letter of the week with a sensory experience the children glue or paint something on each letter.

Presenting the Letter A!

A is for Ant!

A tactile experience is integrated to reinforce the sound of the letter as well as the shape of the letter…


Presenting the Letter B!

B is for bubble wrap!



We try to make sure that the objects we use to glue to each letter actually start with the sound of that letter so the children can recall the sound along with the letter and the object.


Presenting the Letter C!

C is for cotton!


Each class puts their own spin on the process. Some use paint and others use a more tactile approach…

 Presenting the Letter D!

D is for dot!


Trying to find simple objects that actually start with the sound of each letter can be a challenge on some letters…


Presenting the Letter E!



E is for elbow! (elbow macaroni)


I like this one too – C is for Cardboard from Preschool Daze!

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1 polwig October 8, 2010 at 2:27 am

That’s so cute… I bet the kiddos loved it… elbo macaroni was really creative… I bet you can do entire alphabet with all those macaroni names italians have, I mean for older kids…

2 Deborah J. Stewart October 8, 2010 at 2:48 am

LOL – that may just be possible!

3 kristin October 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

do you cut all your letters by hand, have some fancy machine, or buy them?

i love these activities.

4 Deborah J. Stewart October 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Hi Kristen,
Some teachers cut them out by hand and at one of the schools, they have a die cutter that they use to cut them out with.

5 Melisssa Connolly December 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Brillant idea!! I teach my preschoolers with the Jolly phonics songs and picture book and this activity is a great extension to our letter learning through arts n crafts. Can I suggest broken egg shells for E, thats if there are no allergies present. Great work! Melissa Ireland

6 Deborah J. Stewart December 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Yes – eggshells are terrific!

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