Looking for a fun alphabet activity for the summer? These letter i is for ice cream themed missing letters activity is perfect for preschoolers. It will help young learners to learn the alphabet, learn letter sequencing, and work fine motor skills, too!
These free alphabet sequencing mats can be used in the classroom or in your homeschool preschool. Preschoolers love these colorful ice cream theme alphabet mats.
I is for ice cream!
These colorful alphabetical order missing letters mats are the perfect addition to your ice cream theme preschool lesson plans. They feature all the delicious flavors of ice cream, leaving your preschoolers always asking for seconds.
These missing alphabet letters mats teaches letter sequencing and pairs wonderfully with our Find and Circle Alphabet Worksheets and our Beginning Sound Picture Seek Mats.
Why Do We Teach Alphabetical Order or Letter Sequencing?
I asked myself that question as I was developing this summer alphabet activity for my preschool-aged son. Throughout my teaching history, we’ve spent time teaching letter sequencing in preschool and kindergarten…or letter order or alphabetical order. (It’s all the same thing.)
What are the benefits of being able to take a set of 26 letters and place them in order from A-Z? Here are some things I found out:
- Being able to put letters in order is a form of sequencing like “first, second, third” or “first, then, next.”
- It builds letter knowledge fluency skills.
- Ordering letters helps with letter naming and even sound retrieval.
- It’s fundamental for dictionary work, which also means it’s a foundational skill for using an index or any other kind of alphabetized list.
I is for Ice Cream Letter Sequencing Mats
As with all my printables, there are lots of ways to use these letter sequencing mats. I like to pull thee mats our during the summer when we are doing all our ice cream activities. They are a good review from the school year when we are no longer focusing on one letter of the week.
With this freebie, you get six pages of practice to find the missing letter, including three uppercase letter mats and three lowercase. The download also includes an alphabet reference mat in both upper and lower case letters.
- Free Ice Cream Missing Letters Printable
- upper case letter beads
- lower case letter beads
- dry erase marker
- dry erase sleeve
How to Use Ice Cream Missing Letters Printables
With a little ice cream on your table, you can have hours of fun with this activity. All it takes is some creative and a few items to set up!
This simple ice cream printable will help preschoolers learn the correct order of the alphabet. It would be a great addition to summer theme or ice cream theme lesson plans.
Read more about how to develop letter sound correspondence in this article: Sound Foundations: Enhancing Early Literacy Through Letter Sound Recognition.
Using the Ice Cream Alphabet Printable
Kids will love these ABC ice cream mats. They come with two different mat designs: one for uppercase letters and another for lowercase letters, and a few variations of each. The kids just have to pick their favorite, then fill in any missing letters with the letter beads or by writing them using a dry erase marker. Or get the best of both worlds and offer letter manipulatives AND dry erase markers!
Each row of ice cream cones starts with a different letter so that students can learn letter sequencing starting anywhere in the alphabet.
Tips for Teaching Sequencing Activities for Preschoolers
Alphabetical order may not come naturally to all preschoolers. Here are some ways to help out your struggling learners.
- Use the included alphabet mats as a reference for finding the missing letters.
- Start by singing the alphabet song with each row on the mat until your preschooler finds the correct letter.
- If having all the letter manipulatives out at once is too overwhelming, preselect the letters that match on the mats and only have those available to choose from.
- Or, just have your preschooler practice matching the letters on the alphabet reference mats.
Create an Entire Ice Cream Preschool Theme
I love teaching in themes at my preschool. So when we do an ice cream theme each summer, here are some of the toys and manipulatives I include in our preschool centers:
This ice cream themed letter sequencing activity isn’t just a great way for young learners to learn the alphabet; it’s also an excellent opportunity to work on their fine motor skills. The best part about this fun summertime activity? It can be adapted based on your child’s age and skill level, making it perfect for kids at all levels of development!
Ice Cream Picture Books!
You know how the best preschool themes always have high quality picture books that help teach. Here are some of my favorite children’s books about ice cream:
Ice Cream Activities for Preschoolers
Your preschoolers are sure to adore these ice cream printables, too!
This ice cream measurement activity it sure to be a hit with your preschoolers. Be sure to grab your free printable, and read all the different ways we use this ice cream activity in our preschool classroom.
Summer and ice cream go hand in hand and while this paper plate ice cream craft won’t exactly cool you, it still is super fun to make. These are fun to craft, they can be used as a party decoration or even as pretend play ice cream cones.
One of the best things about summer is the sudden appreciation for ice cream cones and popsicles. These ice cream theme counting cards are a fun way to help your preschooler learn all sorts of important number sense skills, like number identification, one to one correspondence, and number sequencing.
Kids can practice letter recognition, handwriting, scissor skills, and patterns with these cute ice cream worksheets. They’re great for preschoolers, pre-kindergarteners, and kindergarteners.
Get Your Free Ice Cream Missing Letters Activity Here
With several variations in this download and the suggestions above, you’re sure to find something that works well with your little one. Just fill out the form below and the printable will be sent to your email!
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.