Whenever I think of fall, I start singing a song that I would teach my preschoolers each year stuck in my head! My own kids are not always fans of my preschool songs anymore, and it drives them bananas! But singing songs and doing finger play rhymes and chants in the classroom are one of the best ways to help a preschooler learn a new skill or topic. Using our fall leaf letter cards during your songs and carpet games in the classroom will help build alphabet knowledge and allow your preschoolers to practice name skills!
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Fall Leaf Letter Cards
The fall leaf letter cards can be downloaded from the pink button below. The printable set includes uppercase letter cards, lower case letter cards, and blank name cards.
The prep is quick and easy for this letter and name activity.
Cut the fall leaf letter cards apart on the gray dotted lines. Cut the name cards out around the black lines. Laminate anything you would like to keep reusable.
Write each preschooler’s name on the name cards. There are always preschoolers that I would write in all uppercase letters when practicing the letters in their name. And then there are preschoolers who started learning right away that tie name begins with an uppercase letter and is followed by all lowercase letters.
Let’s Build Names
There is no “one size fits all” when working with little kids. Don’t make them fit into the way you think they should learn. Follow their lead and know that even though there are so many strong opinions about teaching names…adult don’t go around writing their names in all uppercase letters, so it all will work out in the end!
With the younger 3’s, it may be fun to use this activity in a small group setting. Or add just the fall leaf letters in their name to a tray with their name card. This will allow your preschoolers to work only with their letters, and work on putting them in the correct order.
I am big on pointing to count each item when working on 1:1 correspondence. I think the same idea is important when working with letters in names too.
Preschoolers can practice pointing and touching each letter in their names starting from the left and moving to the right. This just an early reading skill. We write and read from left to right. Letters make up words. Letters have special sounds just like our own name is special to us.
These fall leaves can be used in other ways too!
Older preschoolers can practice building their first and last names and other words.
The uppercase and lowercase letters can be matched in a game or on a table for a group to work together sorting the cards and finding matches.
Want to see more fall leaf activities?
Our fall leaf 10 frames would be a great addition to your small group games or learning centers.
We would love to see you over in Club Preschool where you can access these activities and so much more!
Now it’s time to download the fall leaf letter cards to help your preschooler gain confidence with their names and letters!
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