Letter A for Apple

Welcome to my new version of the Letter A preschool printables! I’m updating a few letters and had some fun ideas for Apples so here they are!

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All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books:
ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses

Apple Large Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order. The number cards go from 1-10.

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Capital A/Lowercase a matching game: This is a great way to match up lowercase and uppercase letters. Simply cut the apples from pg2 and place them on top of the same or opposite letter case on the tree.

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Apple Counting: This comes with a number sheet to go with it. I put velcro on the blank squares next to the apples and on the backs of the number cards. Then have your child match the number card to the apples based on how many seeds are on each apple. If you want you can cut each card out and make it into a booklet like the butterfly sample below:

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Apple Color Puzzles: Cut out each apple then cut it in half in various ways to create color matching puzzles. Name each color as you put them together.

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Apple Letter Matching: This is a fun letter matching activity, that practices both upper and lowercase letters recognition! If you’re looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! (The download includes upper and lowercase letter disks and activity cards) Click here to see how to make the letter disks.

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Letter A Do-A-Dot Page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

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Letter Aa Tracing Card: I made this for kiddos who aren’t quite ready for my pre-writing or writing practice books. Its large and easier to trace. You could use markers, or laminate and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers

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Letter A Poke Page: Instead of tracing, we are going to use a toothpick, or we have these cute Oversized Push Pins, to poke holes through the paper in the shape of the letter. Print on regular paper for easier poking, and do this one on carpet 🙂 Another idea would be to hole punch along the lines of the letter as well. Both work on motor skills!

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Letter A Coloring Page: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they’re called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers, we also use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

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Letter A Scissor Skills Practice: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!

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Letter A Magnet Page: I use this with a cookie sheet and these pom-pom magnets I made from pom-poms and self-sticky magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.75 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors

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Letter A Pattern Activity: Cut out the game pieces on the bottom and use them to complete the pattern on the card above.

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Letter A Puzzle: Cut along the lines to create a fun 6 piece puzzle for your preschooler

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Letter A Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with A! Some ideas: apple, acorn, avocado, ant.

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Letter A Shapes Matching Puzzle: Simply cut these little apple cards in half for fun shape matching puzzles. Make sure to discuss each shape as you go!

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Letter A Size Sorting: Put these in order small to big or big to small then discuss which is largest, smallest and medium.

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Letter A Cut-n-Paste: Let your child cut out the tree and apples and glue them onto a sheet of construction paper. This practices scissor skills as well as pasting, plus it’s just fun!

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Letter A Pre-Writing Practice: I laminated these then cut them out along the lines, hole punched the corner and used an o-ring to bind them together like a little booklet like the Butterfly Sample below. Use dry-erase markers to practice writing numbers.

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Apple Lacing Card: I make sure to laminate this one for durability, then punch with a hole punch every inch or so for lacing practice. Teach them patterns to do with this as well, like up from the bottom each time, or in-out-in-out sewing. Whatever pattern you can think of.

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11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!

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Foam Letter Builders: I cut the shapes from foam and let her use them to make the letters. You could also use my Magnetic Letter Builders as well!

Finger Tracing Paint Bag: This is simple and fun, I filled a bag with tempura paint, you could also use cheap shaving cream. Then I’ll tape it to her desk for her to practice writing her letter on using her finger. You could also skip the bag and put shaving cream on your counter if you’re feeling brave ;o) After we do the letters we do numbers, shapes, and whatever else we can think of! (Pretend like the G on the bag below is an A, sorry I’m lazy and didn’t take an A photo!)

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Letter Collage Worksheets: The download includes letters A-Z as well as a collage idea sheet. We use the collage items as objects to decorate our letters for an alphabet book. We also color, paint, and stamp them. Since we use both upper and lowercase, I have provided both for you! Click here to download the Letter Collages:

Apple math file folder game downloaded from File Folder Fun.

Color Cubes: I use our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards to serve as templates for our 1″ building blocks. We pick 2 colors of blocks and do a pattern as we form the letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too! Click here for more fun with Creative Color Cube Activity Cards

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Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word “apple” so she knows the order of the letters. I got my lacing beads from Lakeshore Learning but these look more fun to me: Bead Bazaar Lacing Kits – Alphabet Lacing Kit

Play Balloon Volleyball: Balloon Volleyball is basically a toddler-friendly version of regular volleyball. Kids take turns batting a balloon up in the air, with the goal of trying to keep it off the ground as it floats downward. You can shout out words that start with the letter “A” each time you hit the balloon!

Letter Identification: Pick out the letter “A” and “a” from the others using Magnetic Alphabet Letters and whiteboard:

Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.
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Kumon ABCs Uppercase Write & Wipe Flash Cards, they also have lowercase cards and 1-30 Numbers.

Apple Prints: Cut an apple in half and make prints with paint!

Family Fun Night: Have some Apples, Ants on a log, or Apricot pork chops with apple pie and watch Alvin and the Chipmunks! (Or any other fun movie you can think of that start with the letter “A”!)

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103 Comments

  • Shawon August 9, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Thanks for always sharing your ideas! You are such a blessing to many of us homeschooling mamas!!

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  • Leptir August 9, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Great activities, as always – thanks 🙂

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  • Amy August 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Yea! I was wishing A was for apple instead of ant ; ) It fits in with fall.

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  • Chris August 9, 2010 at 5:21 am

    yehey.. thanks for sharing! wonderful!

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  • Förskoleburken August 9, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Wonderful, as always! Thank you so much for sharing, i truly appreciate it!Maria

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  • Michelle August 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Yay! Love the apple pages. 😀 These will be great when we "officially" row "how to make an apple pie and see the world." 😀 Thanks so much for all you do!

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  • Amy August 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Erica-just have a question…will you use the A is for apple with your preschooler this fall, or do you think the activities will be too easy for her? Also, do you teach uppercase first, or lower?

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  • Sarah August 9, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Thank you! These are fantastic!

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  • Nicole August 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    So many great ideas! I can't wait to use them with my son someday.

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  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler August 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Anonymous: I will probably do the A is for Apple just to change it up for her, we're repeating the activities this year b/c I don't want to put her into kindergarten at 4!

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