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Back to School season is in full swing and that means it’s the perfect time for some alphabet learning fun. In Pre-K and Kindergarten, letter recognition and letter writing skills are practiced all year long. This free Lunchbox Pick and Trace Letter Writing Activity will be the perfect addition to your literacy centers during the first days of school but can also be used any time of the year!
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Lunchbox Pick and Trace Letter Writing Activity
If you’re looking for an engaging and hands-on way to work on multiple literacy skills, this one is for you! This letter writing activity has a fun theme and is quick to prep – making it perfect for the beginning of the school year.
How to Prep
Prep for this activity is easy! Start by printing the food letter cards. I always recommend laminating small pieces or cards like these so that they stand up to repeated use in our small groups and centers.
Cut out the letter cards and print as many Lunchbox Letters recording sheets as needed. That’s it – you’re ready to get started with your kiddos!
For fun, I like to bump up the lunchtime theme by adding the letter cards to a small brown lunch bag.
Time to Play!
There are a couple different ways that I like to use this game in the classroom. Early in the year I often introduce new activities in our small groups. Then when the kids understand how to play I add them to my centers.
To play, students randomly pick a letter card, say the letter name, and find and trace the letter on the recording sheet.
We like to trace with fun writing tools like skinny markers or crayons.
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I have even added the recording sheet to a dry erase pocket sleeve and given my kids dry erase markers to write with. This adds an extra level of engagement AND makes the recording sheet reusable.
As a teacher, the less time I spend making copies (AKA fighting with the copier) the better – especially at the beginning of the year!
Teacher Tip: Don’t have time to prep the letter cards? Or maybe you only have one set ready to go and more than one student wanting to play. No problem! Give your kids letter magnets. This is another hands-on way to reinforce letter recognition skills.
Extend the Activity
In addition to working on letter recognition and letter writing skills, this game makes a great literacy center for working on alphabetical order!
Students start by spreading the food letter cards out on a flat surface. Then they simply rearrange them until they are in the correct ABC order. My kids are always so proud when they can complete this task all on their own!
However you choose to play, this letter tracing activity is a “must-have” for your literacy centers this year!
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