This fun learning activity for preschoolers and kindergartners combines fine motor practice with learning the letters of the alphabet! My 3 and 5 year olds both loved this, and it’s a piece of cake to set up.
Preschoolers love to use clothespins. Working a clothespin is also great for strengthening hand muscles and developing fine motor skills. I grabbed 26 index cards and 26 clothespins to make our alphabet activity. You’ll also need markers, 26 pennies, and tape. (More on the pennies below.)
We discovered that the cards flip upside down when you pin them to the clothesline since the cards are lighter than the clothespin. I taped a penny to the bottom of each card to solve that problem.
I tied a piece of yarn between two chairs. Then I asked Jonathan to pin all the letters on the clothesline in alphabetical order. He absolutely loved this activity! The best part was that after pinning each letter, he sang the alphabet song as he pointed to the letters so that he could figure out what letter to grab next. Such great reinforcement.
Janie couldn’t wait to have her turn when he was done. She is not ready to put the letters in order yet, but we talked about each letter as she pinned it on the clothesline.
You’ll need a long clothesline to fit in all the letters! We had to squish our letters to make it work, but we got the entire alphabet on there.
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