Simple and fun alphabet review in preschool

All through the school year, we spend time exploring letters of the alphabet through different kinds of fun, hands-on, and interesting ideas. The goal is to keep the process of exploring letters and letter sound fun, meaningful, and simple.  This week we had fun with this simple alphabet review using the book titled, “the alphabet tree” by Leo Lionni.

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

I would say that this book is an excellent choice for children who are prekindergarten or kindergarten age but I have a mixed age group of children ages three and above. To make the book fun for my mixed age group, I simply modified the reading of the end of the book and it worked out nicely…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

The book begins with leaves growing on trees and letters attaching themselves to the leaves.  Soon, the wind blows all the leaves off the trees and the letters begin to scatter about. The letters soon learn that they are stronger when they work together to make words or even sentences (which is where I did some simplifying in my reading of the book) and can stand up to even a strong gust of wind…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

It has been incredibly windy here where we live and all the leaves have been falling off the trees in bulk. My students have loved spending as much time as possible outdoors exploring all the leaves and watching the wind blow them off of the trees. This book went along nicely with all of our time outdoors exploring leaves and wind and added a fun way to explore letters too…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

After reading “the alphabet tree” we took a few minutes to retell the story with the use of my quickly drawn alphabet tree on a dry erase board….

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

Just as the letters in our book attached themselves to a leaf, I had letters come along and attach themselves to my tree too. As I added letters, the children shouted out the name of each letter…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

And then along came small gusts of wind that blew the letters off of our tree just like in the book…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

Each of the children took a turn choosing a letter to blow off of our tree and as they blew the letter, I would say the name of the letter they chose and wipe it off the board – “Oh No, The letter ____ blew away!”…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

After the children took a turn being the wind, they were off to make their own alphabet trees using crayons, paper, and ink pads with alphabet ink stamps…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

Because I had drawn a simple alphabet tree as part of our story telling time, the children understood easily how to make their own version of a simple alphabet tree…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

The children drew branches and leaves….

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

Then began stamping on letters to create their alphabet trees…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

We set out both upper and lowercase letter ink stamps for the children to explore…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

A super simple and fun way to review the alphabet and a great way to extend our outdoor experiences with wind and leaves into the storytelling and creative process of creating our very own alphabet trees…

Fun and Simple Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-11-14T22:56:18+00:00November 14th, 2014|

About the Author:

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. Margaret@YTherapySource November 15, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Wonderful idea that incorporates fine motor skills, oral motor skills and academic material. Love it!

  2. Janet T. November 15, 2014 at 11:06 am - Reply

    This is a great idea that will be very attractive to my group. I’ve already ordered the book. I’m missing your daily entries. I hope you’ll be able to do that again in the future, although I realize it must take quite a bit of time. Thanks for your support to high quality early childhood education.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm - Reply

      I am missing writing daily Janet. I am hoping to get into some sort of doable routine again soon too!

  3. Becky Spence November 20, 2014 at 6:57 am - Reply

    What a fantastically FUN idea! I LOVE how you extended the activity and had the kids draw and stamp their own alphabet trees. 🙂

  4. Chris March 3, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    you are one fun teacher!!! Whenever I read a book to the class, I hide all but the first letter of the first word of the title. Then I say the sound, and then do the next letter, etc. I do maybe 3 words of the title. By now in the school year, many of the the kids can tell me the sound. They don’t get restless because they are used to this.

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