These free alphabet coloring pages are an easy alphabet activity for preschoolers that teaches the alphabetic principle and works pencil grasp development, too.
Letter coloring pages aren’t just for coloring, either. Here we offer five different ways to use alphabet coloring pages in your classroom after your students have finished coloring!
How about gross motor alphabet activities and mini alphabet booklets for home? There’s more to this printable than meets the eye.
It’s important for teachers to have the right resources for their job. Having the right alphabet printables for preschool is no different. And what’s even better is having the right printable that can also be used for lots of activities and to teach the alphabet principle.
These might look like your typical coloring pages, but there are so many learning activities you can do with them! Preschoolers will have so much fun learning their letters with coloring pages.
What is the learning benefit of coloring pages?
While not all kids naturally enjoy sitting down to color, using coloring pages in the classroom can have important benefits to learning, such as:
- Coloring works fine motor skills.
- Coloring is calming for some children.
- Coloring can improve attention and focus.
- Coloring can improve handwriting.
- Coloring can challenge patience.
What is included:
This freebie is a single download that features two versions of alphabet coloring pages. One version is full page while the other features four letters to a single page. And I offer ideas on how to use both versions!
Printable Alphabet Centers for Preschoolers
5 Ways to Use Free Alphabet Coloring Pages
These alphabet coloring pages have multiple uses in the classroom and at home. They also target many early literacy and fine motor skills, too!
1. Alphabet Coloring Pages for Preschoolers
ABC coloring pages can have an invaluable place in the classroom. These letters coloring pages are designed with young children in mind. They feature big, bulky letters and simple beginning sound pictures. They don’t have a lot of extra lines to over complicate the design.
2. Printable Alphabet Posters
Every preschool classroom needs a set of free printable alphabet posters, so why not create an alphabet wall using posters your preschoolers or toddlers have colored themselves?!
Imagine these all lined up on the wall. Back them with brightly colored construction paper to make them really pop! Your students would feel so proud of their hard work.
Or, send them home and ask parents to hang them in their child’s bedroom for a easy at-home alphabet cards.
3. Use These Letter Coloring Sheets as Flashcards
The second version of this printable fits four letters to a single page, which means after two quick cuts on the paper cutter you have alphabet flashcards!
Run them through a laminator, hole punch the top left corner, and put them on a binder ring for easy keeping.
4. Use Them for Gross Motor Games
Nothing like combing letter learning with gross motor activities! Try some of these ideas:
- Collect a set of items that start with each letter of the alphabet and place them in a basket. Have your child match the items with an alphabet coloring page.
- Select a handful of alphabet coloring pages and place them in a circle on the floor. Tape them down. Then, play musical chairs, but with alphabet letters!
- Set out a handful of alphabet coloring pages and give your child a fly swatter. Say a letter name and have your child swat the letter while saying its beginning sound.
- Tape the a few letter posters to a large wall, say the letter sound and invite your preschooler to race to slap the corresponding poster.
5. Printable Alphabet Book
Remember I said these alphabet coloring pages come with two versions, one full page and the other four to a page? Well, you can turn either version into an alphabet book, and it’s extra special because your preschooler has spent the time to color each page.
Alphabet Coloring Books
These Interactive Alphabet Coloring Books are for more than just coloring! They target letter recognition, letter formation, beginning sounds, and left to right reading progression!
How to Use Letter Coloring Pages to Develop Pencil Control
At this stage in writing development, preschool children benefit from coloring large spaces rather than getting frustrated by “not being able to color in the lines”. Some preschoolers might still scribble, but scribbling has meaning and in doing so they are working on all the important muscle development that will eventually lead to pencil control and help with pencil grasp development.
Having the right writing tools for your student is equally as important. Here are some of my favorite items to have in my preschool writing center to make alphabet coloring even more fun and exciting.
And of course it’s important to include plenty of tripod grasp pencil grippers so that your preschoolers can practice using a mature pencil grasp.
Free Alphabet Printables
Check out these other free alphabet printables for preschoolers and then grab your own copy of my alphabet coloring pages below.
In addition to the free alphabet coloring pages shown in the images above, you might also be interested in these others.
- Alphabet Coloring Pages with Beginning Sounds
- Beginning Sounds Alphabet Coloring Books
- Chunky Letter Alphabet Coloring Pages Free
Grab Your Free Printable Alphabet Coloring Pages
I’m sure there are a million other ways to use these alphabet coloring pages. If you have an idea, post it in the comments!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.