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Letter Recognition Grab Bag with Free Printables


When I think about my favorite tools for practicing letter recognition, I’m reminded how much fun it is to give children the opportunity to engage in hands-on letter activities. A great way to do this is to create a letter recognition grab bag with our free printables. This easy-prep alphabet activity encourages practice with letter recognition, letter tracing, and fine motor skills!

*Pair with our Alphabet Centers & Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

Fill a letter grab bag and pair with our free alphabet printables for a fun way to work on letter recognition and letter tracing skills!

Letter Recognition Grab Bag

Hands-on experiences are more enjoyable for early readers, and greatly increase the chance for retention of the concepts. It’s a fact that children will learn more and retain more of what’s being taught if they are actively engaged and having fun. That’s where this Letter Recognition Grab Bag activity comes in handy!

My favorite time to use this activity is during centers or in small groups. Children as early as preschool up to kindergarten will benefit from this engaging activity.

Gather your letter manipulatives and a “grab bag” and you’re ready to play. We have used brown paper bags and small baskets as our “grab bag” and they both work great!

Just grab the free printable, letter manipulatives, and a bag or basket for a quick and fun literacy center!

Ways to Use the Letter Recognition Printables

This activity is so simple and so fun. Begin by having the children each grab a letter. There’s always a level of excitement for the children to stick their hands in the “grab bag” and pull a letter out.

Children then use the alphabet printable and their letter recognition skills to find and place their letter manipulative on the matching letter.

Use the alphabet printable and those letter recognition skills to find and place the letter manipulatives on the matching letters.

There is also a letter tracing printable which gives children the chance to practice both letter recognition and writing skills. They simply trace the letter that they’ve pulled out of the grab bag.

The letter tracing printable gives children the chance to practice both letter recognition and writing skills.

Teacher Tip: Switch out the letter manipulatives and printables for focusing on uppercase and lowercase letters (both are included in the download).

This activity includes printables to practice both uppercase and lowercase letters.

If you’re like me, then you like to give your children choices and also get the most out of your center and small group activities. Using both of these printables can do just that.

Grab Your FREE Copy

Ready to have some fun with letters? Grab your free Letter Recognition Grab Bag printables by clicking the large, yellow download button below! Click Here to Download Your Printable


14 Responses

  1. I just printed these off for my niece that is struggling with her letters. I covered them in contact paper to faux laminate so she can use dry erase markers, and I will most definitely be taking a look around the site in the morning. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Yolanda! What a wonderful aunt you are to your niece! She’s very lucky to have you. We are happy to hear you are enjoying our resources. What a great idea using contact paper! Have fun!

  2. I love this idea and have used it in different ways, as a small group and individually. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Hi Tiffany! It should only ask for a password if you are trying to make changes to the document. To print it out or save it, you won’t need one. If you are still having some trouble, email us at hello@ and we will troubleshoot with you! : )

  3. This is a great activity to help children learn the alphabet as it captures their attention when using the manipulatives and the addition of using a drawstring bag, adding excitement to the activity. The corresponding worksheets allow for students to get used to recognizing the letters, lower case versus upper case letters, and then gives students the opportunity to practice tracing and writing them.

  4. Thank you Ms. Mae this is a great activity, fun to practice and learn letters recognition. I am a Kinder Spanish class Teacher.

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