Today I’m sharing a set of free alphabet action cards – in two different versions!
A few months ago, I finished teaching my Three the alphabet through our simple letter of the week activities.
She loved it, and is busy writing letters wherever she goes – as you can see in the above story about a “cweepy monster.” 🙂
One thing she hasn’t picked up on is letter sounds; she knows just a few of them. Her older siblings learned these relatively easily as we did our alphabet activities, so I realized that I needed to try something new.
I decided to create a set of alphabet action cards.
There are two versions of cards. When you print this set front to back, you get the lowercase letter on the front …
And you get the action on the back of the card.
G is for go!
R is for read.
X is sort for for mix. (That tricky letter x!)
A is for apple.
I know, I know. Apple isn’t an action word. The only one I could come up with was act, and that wasn’t something my Three was going to understand. I had to get creative with some of the short vowels, but they do have an action associated with them.
A … eat an apple
O… get on something
U… get under something
We had fun using the cards outdoors on a beautiful summer day, but they’re simple enough that you can do them inside, too. This is the other set of cards. They’re single-sided.
You can even “go” in a messy playroom.
Here’s our letter o card. Another one of those tricky letters whose key word isn’t exactly an action. Blame the alphabet.
Getting “on” a box lid.
E is for exercise. That’s a fun one!
So are they working?
Well, we’re having fun. And my Three is getting more practice recognizing lower case letters. I can’t say that it’s helped her learn her letter sounds yet. One thing I do is emphasize the letter sound each time we use a card. “M! /m/, /m/, March!”
We’ll get there. All in good time!
Here are some other ways to use the cards:
- Laminate the cards, hole punch the upper left corner, and put them on a ring. Then go through the cards one by one just for fun.
- Let your child be the teacher. He/she can name each letter, and you do the action. (My Three loves this.)
- After you’ve been doing the cards a while, see if your child can remember the action word before turning the two-sided card over.
- If you really want to use these cards to teach letter sounds, it’s wise to do just a few at a time. Make a big deal about each new key word. Act it out with props. Get silly!
- Lay the cards in alphabetical order on the floor.
- Just let your little one have fun playing!
So how will you use these cards? Let us know in the comments!
P.S. Yes, they come in both color and black and white.
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These are wonderful and I think it will really help my little multi sensory friends! Thank you for making such a wonderful resource! Do you happen to have a small version of them all on one page so that they can keep a reference in their folders?
Thank you for this wonderful resource! I can’t wait to start using it with me preschoolers next week!
Love your “alphabet action” cards. I have been doing this for years with my preschool class. Only I don’t have cards. Never thought of that, but love the idea. Letter A was a tough one, but we “arch” our backs for letter A. We like to stretch those back muscles! Also, we have a strange one for X…X marks the spot and we make three different sizes. Small X with fingers crosses, medium X with arms crossed and large X using arms and legs outstretched for full body X. It’s fun to come up with different things and to see what others are doing. Very well done!!
These are great ideas, Michelle – thank you!
Thank you so much , very useful, really appreciated sharing for your beautiful work.
thank you so much for sharing your expertise po.
I LOVE this idea, what a fun way to reinforce the alphabet and get some wiggles out. For A I might have gone with “ACT like and ANIMAL”, that way they could choose a different animal every time you play and I don’t have to worry about having apples on hand because they go fast in my house LOL. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talents with use <3
Now that’s a good idea, Trinity! I’ll have to consider that when I’m ready to edit this resource.
Thanks A Bunch!
Happy Mothers Day!
Regarding Teach letter sounds with alphabet action cards! Thanks so much. Will use with my active little one. I know others have made suggestions so . . .
For the letter “A” could be “Fly like an airplane” – arms can be outstretched as they move around.
For the letter “U” sometimes there may be nothing to get under where you are. Another option could be “Look up”
Thanks again for your generosity and creativity.
I have been with this website for a very long time and it is truly the best website for people and or teachers to learn what to teach and why. She not only has 100’s of free learning games but explains how to use them in different ways. She also educates people about ages and stages and what to use. I have been a preschool teacher Head Start director, sped teacher and kinder garden teacher. You will find anything you need on her web site. Thank you so much for being there for all of us!
Thank you so very much for this kind comment, Deborah – such a day brightener! 🙂
You are kind person, God bless you
Thank you so much for sharing all the resources and ideas in your website. They are great!
You’re very welcome, Mimi!
muchas gracias por el alfabeto,al fin lo puedo ver, es muy entretenido, Maximiliano (nieto)lee muy bien español ahora tiene 5 años, esta actividad me servirá para introducirlo al ingles , conoce los nombres de los colores, y los números (0-10) en ingles desde 1año a 5 años, hice los libros mudos. voy a impimir las tarjetas , buscare la prunciacion .
I just have to say your site is by far the best one I have seen! I’ve been looking at quite a few sites for ideas and material to teach my preschooler at home. I have bought workbooks for him to do, but he gets bored quickly. I can’t wait to try some of the ideas you suggest. Thank you so much!
Thank you for your kind words, Ashley!
Thank you so MUCH! I really appreciate you sharing these games with us! God bless you!
You’re very welcome, Marta!
I really am in love with your resources, they are so interesting and fun. These actions are great, i can’t wait to use them with my kids. thanks a million 🙂
You’re very welcome, Deon!
Thank you for the idea!!!
I love the photos ideas with the letters.
I have students who are part of the LIFE Skills program and teaching them the letters with no visuals is a struggle! This way I can get them up and moving instead of just sitting to learn the letters. I am taking this idea and taking actual photos of the students doing the action for each letters in hope that it will motivate them to see their photos to letters!
Thanks so much~will use these will all my Kindergarten kids, but especially to help those kinesthetic learners!
You’re welcome, Angela!
Hi Mrs Anna
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. I work with children in the crèche(6mths-1yr9mths) and I have printed some of your printable works for my kids, they love the colorful letters of the alphabets. I will love to use this too with them.
You’re very welcome, Libby!
Thank yo so much.My grade 1 will definitely enjoy the alphabet.
You’re welcome, Nomsa!
What a lovely set of alphabet cards-thanks for sharing. Thank you so much! I have found the perfect source that I was looking for. I downloaded these to print out. I am excited to teach my pupils. I believe that there would be a good result.
You’re welcome, Alina!
This is just the thing I was looking for! My kinder kiddos will love this!
I’m glad this worked for you, Liz!
For your letter actions might I suggest A-choo! For /a/, Ouch! For /o/ or Open. Also I think X marks the spot look for treasure.
Thanks for the suggestions! For each featured picture I do want its beginning sound to match the most common sound of the letter (short vowel sound, /k/ for letter c, etc.) – so that makes it tricky.
Hello, my name is Kathleen and I’m a Babysitter Grandma to 3 of my 4 grand babies. I’ve been working with my 4 yr old since birth and he is more than ready for preschool, which he started just 5 months before he turned 4. I’ve grabbed everything free off the internet to teach him with, and I’ve compiled a notebook full off pages and am beginning to use these tools on my next little boy. When I saw your site with the community pages I had to grab them and put them in my book. I’m excited to see what else I can use of yours to teach him and his new little sister with.
Hi Kathleen! It’s wonderful to hear what an active role you’re taking in their education. I think you’ll find many useful resources on my site. 🙂
These look great! May I suggest for A “applause” – I know it’s a long word but kids know clap- so it might just work. If you happen to be looking- no pressure. These are all wonderful resources. God bless! Thank you for sharing your wealth.
That’s a great word! The reason I wouldn’t use it, though, is because it doesn’t have the clear short a sound. For this set of cards I wanted to make sure that the letter’s main sound (as in the short vowel sound or the more common consonant sound) was easy to distinguish.
Thank you so much! I have found the perfect source that I was looking for. I downloaded these to print out. I am excited to teach my kids. I believe that there would be good result.
You’re welcome, Sidike!
Thank you for this wonderful resource. I’m going to use it with a student with special learning needs, she will love acting out all the actions to each letter. Thank you
I like to pass the cards around and have students act out their card while classmates try and guess the letter and or the sound the letter makes. Those more advanced can name an object that starts or ends with the sound too. You can do whole group or divide the class into groups of 4 or 5 and using your assessments group them according to the specific letters they have not yet learned for extra repetitive practice.
Thank you so much for passing along these wonderful ideas, Deborah!
You’re the best! I printed these out and laminated them! I just have to get a metal ring to put them all together. So many great rescources here! Thanks for all you do!!!
I’m so glad you can use them, Susana!
These cards are excellent!! Thank you so much for your time and talent in putting these together!
You’re very welcome!
Love the cards for my kinder class. I did change a few of the actions and pictures that suited my style better. A for astronaut (float on moon). C for clap. F for fly I like fall as well. G for giggle. H for hide but I like hop as well. L for lay down. R for run in place. T for tap foot. For z I switched to zip up a jacket.
Thanks for sharing those! I am often limited as to the clip art that I can find. 🙂
Thank you so much. My students will love it.
You’re very welcome, Maria!
They are brilliant cards my grand children are picking up the Alphabet quicker then the normal way of teaching. I have printed out both the colour and black and white as I thought the black and white would come in handy as a useful colouring activity. Brilliant cards I love them
I’m thrilled you can use them, Joan!
Thanks again, Anna! Yet one more resource that I can pull out for alphabet review. I will probably use these whole-group and we will just do the motions you provide in your pictures.
I have some teeny tiny abc exercise cards in black and white that my kids have loved, but yours are larger and more colorful and therefore more attention-grabbing.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO.
Thank you so much for your feedback, Jennifer! I hope your learners enjoy these! 🙂
Love the alphabet card activities.
I’m happy to hear it! 🙂
I love that these cards have the lowercase letters on them. Most of the cards available for youngers are uppercase. The clipart is adorable, and since I’m a big fan of multi-sensory teaching, I love having the picture, the word, and a motion all on one card! Thank you!!
Yay – I’m glad you like them, Sharyl!
What a way to learn while moving. l love it! Thanks
I hope you get a chance to use them, Katherine!
These are great cards to use for outside movement activities. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome, Dana!
These are awesome for preschoolers when they need to exercise or move around from sitting too long. With school starting soon they will be very helpful and I like the idea of putting them on a card and ring. Very helpful
I’m glad you can use these, Donna!
It’s awesome. Thanks a lot!
You’re welcome, Elena!
Thank you so very much Anna. These resources are very useful , especially to our lower learners!
That’s great to hear, Celeste!
Thank you very much for this great lesson, it will definitely help me homeschool my boy this holiday.
I’m so glad to hear that, Cindy!
Thank you, Anna, your resources are always beneficial.
You’re welcome, Beata!
I plan to put these on a ring and flip through the letters of the week when we need a brain break in my kindergarten class.
Love that idea! 🙂
I love these action alphabet cards!! They will be a hit with my Kinder class! Thank you so much!!! 🙂
I’m so glad to hear that, Daniela!
I’m a mom of year old twin and on a tight budget. Im about to purchase your letter of the week curriculum. What else would you reccomand to use as i try to homeschoolmy boys
Hi Lashon! If you send me an email with more information about the ages of your boys and what they already know and do, I can point you in the right direction. 🙂 It’s anna(at)themeasuredmom(dot)com.
Youre so creative and inspire me on a daily. thank you for all the free goodies and your ideas!
What a lovely set of alphabet cards-thanks for sharing. My kinesthetic learners will love these! I plan to use them in small groups for letter/letter sound review.
I hope they enjoy them, Marsha!
Yes thank you so much