ABC Center

Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten ABC Center Ideas and Resources.
How to set up an ABC Center in your Pre-K, Preschool, or Kindergarten classroom via

ABC Center

How to set up an ABC Center in your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom. Literacy ideas and activities for teaching letter recognition and the alphabet.

Do you ever change out the items in your ABC/Literacy center? Yes, I change out the items according to the students interests and ability levels. The items pictured above are those I use most in the beginning of the year. Keep reading for close-up pictures and a list of the materials used in this center.

Best Toys for Learning the Alphabet

Best Toys for Learning the Alphabet

1. Uppercase Alphabet Beads and Lowercase Alphabet Beads
2. ABC Lacing Sweets
3. Alphabet Fishing Game
4. Letter Construction
5. Wikki Stix
6. Upper and Lowercase Magnetic Alphabet Letters

Alphabet I-Spy Bottles for pre-k, preschool, or kindergarten via

  • Alphabet I-Spy Bottles: Read the tutorial for creating your own I-spy bottles HERE.
  • ABC Center Sign: Learn about the benefits of using center signs HERE.

DIY Magnetic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree activity for preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten via
The tutorial for creating your own magnetic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree can be found at the bottom of this page.

Materials in the ABC Center for your pre-k, preschool, or kindergarten classroom via

Items on first shelf

ABC Center Activities for Pre-K, Preschool, or Kindergarten via
Items on bottom shelf

Magnetic Letter Storage: Our magnetic letters are stored in an Odds ‘n Ends Parts Organizer. Each drawer is labeled with a letter sticker so the children know where to put the letters. Having your letters sorted saves time when you’re trying to spell student names, sight words, or create magnetic letter activities.

Alphabet Puppy Chow Game: This idea is from Dr. Jean, I have adapted it to include a recording sheet. Take several small stuffed dogs (I used mini-Beanies from McDonald’s) and attach a button magnet to the end of each dog’s nose with E6000 glue. Next, purchase several dog bowls from the Dollar Store. Place magnetic letters in an empty dog bone box. Give each student in your small group a bowl full of letters and a stuffed dog. Students will identify letters their dogs “eat” from the bowl and record them on their recording sheet with Do-A-Dot markers.

Free ABC Puppy Chow Printable
Free Printable Alphabet Puppy Chow Recording Sheet via
Click on the picture above to download the ABC Puppy Chow Recording Sheet

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Magnetic Letter Tree: Your students will have a blast re-telling the story of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and placing the letters of their names, their friends names, or sight words on this magnetic tree. To make your own Chicka Chicka tree see the directions below or you can purchase a pre-made Velcro version in the the resources section below. Students can record the letters they place on the tree using the free printable recording sheet available below.

Directions for making Chicka Chicka Tree:

Chicka tree directions

Materials: Two coffee cans of the same size, packing tape, wood grain contact paper, florist foam, Exacto knife, fake fern plants.

Tape the two coffee cans together, one on top of the other. Wrap the wood grain contact paper around the coffee cans. Take the lid off the coffee can on top and stuff with florist foam making sure that the foam reaches the very top of the can, then replace the lid. Using the Exacto knife make slits in the lid and push the fern plants down into the slits until they are secure in the florist foam.

Free Printable Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Recording Sheet
Free Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Printable Recording Sheet via
Click on the picture above to download the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Recording Sheet

Hands-on ideas and activities for teaching the alphabet in pre-k, preschool, or kindergarten via

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