Tactile letters (a to e) in preschool

To integrate the letter of the week with a sensory experience the children glue or paint something on each letter.

Presenting the Letter A!

A is for Ant!

A tactile experience is integrated to reinforce the sound of the letter as well as the shape of the letter…


Presenting the Letter B!

B is for bubble wrap!



We try to make sure that the objects we use to glue to each letter actually start with the sound of that letter so the children can recall the sound along with the letter and the object.


Presenting the Letter C!

C is for cotton!


Each class puts their own spin on the process. Some use paint and others use a more tactile approach…

 Presenting the Letter D!

D is for dot!


Trying to find simple objects that actually start with the sound of each letter can be a challenge on some letters…


Presenting the Letter E!



E is for elbow! (elbow macaroni)


I like this one too – C is for Cardboard from Preschool Daze!

By |2010-10-08T02:08:41+00:00October 8th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. polwig October 8, 2010 at 2:27 am - Reply

    That’s so cute… I bet the kiddos loved it… elbo macaroni was really creative… I bet you can do entire alphabet with all those macaroni names italians have, I mean for older kids…

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 8, 2010 at 2:48 am - Reply

      LOL – that may just be possible!

  2. kristin October 8, 2010 at 10:35 am - Reply

    do you cut all your letters by hand, have some fancy machine, or buy them?

    i love these activities.

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm - Reply

      Hi Kristen,
      Some teachers cut them out by hand and at one of the schools, they have a die cutter that they use to cut them out with.

  3. Melisssa Connolly December 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Brillant idea!! I teach my preschoolers with the Jolly phonics songs and picture book and this activity is a great extension to our letter learning through arts n crafts. Can I suggest broken egg shells for E, thats if there are no allergies present. Great work! Melissa Ireland

    • Deborah J. Stewart December 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      Yes – eggshells are terrific!

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