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My son has enjoyed using The Crafty Classroom’s Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle in our homeschool this month. This bundle provided my kindergartner with so many fun and engaging activities to practice and review letters and sounds. Each activity also continues to strengthen his fine motor skills. I was surprised at the large variety of resources provided and I’m excited to tell you about all that we have used.
What is included in The Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle?
The Crafty Classroom’s Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle provides you with 19 PDF files. Each file includes multiple activities to practice letter formation, phonics, and letter recognition. The activities also incorporate listening skills, fine motor strengthening, counting, and other reading, writing and math readiness skills. All the activities are excellent for children pre-k through 1st grade who need to continue to work on alphabet and fine motor skills. There are so many resources in this bundle! Therefore, we haven’t had time to use them all yet. So first, I want to take time to tell you about each of the resources in this bundle that we have been enjoying this month.
Fine Motor ABC Bricks:
These printable worksheets are so much fun for kids to practice letter formation. Also they will work on fine motor skills and counting by building the letters out of Lego bricks. This is now one of my son’s favorite school activities. What could be better than practicing letters while playing with Lego bricks? I love the multiple steps and learning going on while he is completing these pages.
First, the child builds the letter, both uppercase and lowercase on the mat or a baseplate. If you have clear plates your could lay them directly over your worksheet. (If you wanted you could print and laminate these pages to reuse over and over again with dry/wet erase markers). We simply used a separate small baseplate, and my son copied the Lego patterns to build the letters. Then the he was able to count each type of brick he used and make tally marks and count the total number of bricks used. Then he practiced comparing numbers by deciding if the number of bricks was greater than or less than the other. This is an activity we will continue to use for his kindergarten year, and one I wish that I had had much earlier!
Listening Skills Sheets:
The pack of Listening Skills Sheets includes 26 pages of following directions activities for you to practice letters and listening skills with your children. If I had to choose a favorite activity of the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle this would be it. Being able to listen, process, and follow specific directions is such an important skill to practice with children. These worksheets reinforce letter skills, while working specifically on follow the directions that you read them.
The activities also reinforce position and directional words, colors, and counting skills. For example, directions include things like, “write a letter to the right of a picture,” or “draw 3 yellow flowers in the pot”. I love that the directions are simple and can be given 1 at time for younger children or a few at a time to work on multi-step directions. I have enjoyed doing these activities with my son, and feel that they have been a help to his listening skills.
A-Z Dab & Dot Activity Sheets:
This is another activity set that made my son extremely happy! He loves dot markers. We used them quite often last year in his preschool program. He has not used them quite as much lately so he is extra happy to have some school assignments using them again. These pages are very simple letter recognition reviews. Children dot the uppercase letters one color and the lowercase another. They are a bit easy for him, however, it is a great independent activity for him, and is great for fine motor skills and to reinforce letter recognition. He often requests these for his school work and I am happy to comply!
Dip & Dot Pictures:
The Dip & Dot Pictures PDF gives you 26 fun pictures for your child to “paint”. One for each letter of the alphabet is included. My son loves anything that he gets to use paint for. So this is definitely one that he has had fun with! The pictures review letters and beginning sounds, while he is able to use paint for a fine motor skill activity. I usually give my son a small pallet with a few colors of paint, and a handful of cotton swabs. He simply dips the tips of the cotton swab in paint and fills in each dot to complete his picture. These are great projects for all preschool or early elementary children!
Maze and Write Pack:
The last of our favorite activities we have been using regularly this month is the Maze and Write Pack. My son loves mazes, so these letter mazes have been the perfect review activity to add to his morning independent work. He is very proud to complete these mazes on his own and show me how he solved them. They are easy to print and use as a worksheet for us. However, if I had more children younger than him, I would definitely be printing these and laminating to use repeatedly.
There is so much more!!
- Blank Letter Templates – These printables are great to use for manipulatives or crafts with your little one.
- Alphabet Phonics Charts – These charts are full color and great for review, practice, or hanging up in your school room. Also, they include the sign language symbol for each letter.
- Fine Motor ASL Mini-books – This PDF includes 26 mini-books, one for each letter of the alphabet. They teach the ASL sign for each letter and 3 words that begin with the letter.
- A-Z Drive and Write Activity Mats – This PDF includes printable mats that can be laminated, put in dry-erase sleeves or used as is. After printing, children can practice making the letters by driving cars on the mats, and tracing the letters.
- Sound Bound – This pack includes 26 pages, each with 4 simple tracing activities where students will trace the path of letters to a word with the matching beginning sound.
- Alphabet Cuisenaire Rod Pictures – These printable pages provide mats for students to build pictures using Cuisenaire Rods. There are pictures corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.
- Alphabet Cut and Paste – This pdf includes black and white letters and beginning sound pictures to color for each letter of the alphabet. This is a great resource for students to use to make letter collages and practice their cutting skills.
- Dad & Dot Sight Word Pages – These simple sentences are an excellent resource for beginning readers learning sight words. They simple dot each word as they practice reading.
- Geoboard Mats – These cute printable mats made me want to buy my own set of geoboards. These rubber band boards were a favorite fine motor activity for my students when I taught elementary school. This activity provides you with 26 activity cards with letters and pictures to use with geoboards.
- A-Z Playdough Mats – These mats are an excellent activity to print, put in page protectors and laminate to reuse with your kids. Kids can have fun strengthening their fine motor skills as they follow the patterns to make letters and pictures out playdough.
- Pom Pictures – This PDF file includes 26 letter pictures that your kids can use to create pictures with craft poms, or possibly dot markers.
- Popsicle Stick Pictures – These 26 popsicle stick pictures are so cute. You kids will use popsicle sticks to create the letters and beginning sound pictures. I wish I had these when all my sons were younger to print and laminate to use with them!
- Pattern Block Mats – If you have kids that love puzzles these pattern block mats are excellent for practicing letter formation, working on fine motor skills, and matching shapes. These can also be printed, laminated, used repeatedly.
- Alphabet Snap Cube Mats – I also do not have a set of snap cubes to use the mats, but I wish I did. They would be an excellent way to practice letter formation, have fun strengthening fine motor skills, and following patterns.
Why We Love Using the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle in our Homeschool
There are many reasons to love The Crafty Classroom’s Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle. The first one for me, is the large variety of activities that my Kindergartener can enjoy and complete independently. As a mom of multiple homeschool children I rotate through who I am working with during our school time. Activities that keep my kindergartner learning, and engaged are so important! Also, all of these resources are high-quality and educational. I know that these will be resources my son will continue to enjoy this year, and next. My only regret about the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle is that I didn’t have it years ago for my older children!
If you want to add to your library of Fine Motor Alphabet activities you can use with your children, check out this amazing bundle from The Crafty Classroom. Also, make sure to take time to read more reviews from other families from The Homeschool Review Crew, as they have also been using these resources and more from The Crafty Classroom this month! Click to read more!