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ABC Caterpillar: A Letter Recognition Activity

Is there any better way to learn the alphabet than with a cute ABC caterpillar? This adorable activity promotes letter recognition and builds pre-reading skills.

Young boy building ABC caterpillar

As your child inches his way through the alphabet with this colorful caterpillar, he can practice recognizing letters, matching uppercase and lowercase letters, and placing letters in a-b-c order. Older children can even spell simple words! Our free download includes caterpillar letter cutouts so that your child can build the alphabet with uppercase and lowercase letters. We’ve also included lots of ideas for creative (and educational!) alphabet play.

ABC Caterpillar activity download three-page spread

Instructions for the ABC Caterpillar

  1. Download and print a set of ABC caterpillar letters.
  2. Cut out your caterpillar pieces and laminate for added durability.
  3. Play!

Playing with Your ABC Caterpillar

Beginning with the caterpillar’s face, your child can build his own caterpillar, starting with A, then B, and continuing through the alphabet.

Working on uppercase letters? Build your caterpillar with the uppercase letters.

Preschooler building ABC caterpillar

Ready for lowercase? Use a set of lowercase letters.

Preschooler building ABC caterpillar

Use the ABC Caterpillar to Explore the Alphabet

Create an A-Z caterpillar using an entire set of letters. Or use both sets of letters and match lowercase and uppercase letters.

Preschooler matching letters

Have your child spell his name …

Young boy spelling name

… or have an older child create some simple words.

Preschooler spelling 'cat'

No matter your child’s age or skill level, there are lots of ways you can use this activity to reinforce your child’s knowledge of letters and the alphabet!

Do you have a favorite alphabet-building activity to use with your preschooler? Share in the comments below!

If your child enjoyed this activity, why don’t you try our other letter recognition activities, too?

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Ruth Björkert

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Hi,
Greetings from Portugal. THANK YOU for your wonderful alphabet.
All the best.
Ruth Björkert

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Ruth! I’m glad you like them!

amy s

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This is my first year teaching preschool and it is so helpful to have these resources. Thank you for these great Ideas!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Amy!

Andrea S

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Absolutely love this idea especially for our wee dyspraxic 5.5 yo. Thanks!

Chantal Mouton

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This is an amazing fun way to teach the little ones! Thank you for all the resources!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Chantal. I hope your little ones have a lot of fun with this!

Kasey Gagnon

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We love the caterpillar

Robin E.

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Thanks, Kasey.

Christine

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We’ve used this for my kinder and preschool baby. Even our older kiddos still like to play this!

Robin E.

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Glad to hear your children enjoyed this activity, Christine!

Karah

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This is perfect to use with my toddler, or even my 5 and 7 year old as we work on alphabetical order. Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Karah! I’m glad you can use it for a variety of activities.

Pam

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I just printed this out and looking forward to using it with my 3 year old!

Krystle

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I love this idea so much, I really think this will help my daughter with recognition.

Jordan

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We love the ABC caterpillar!! Great flexible resource!

Robin E.

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Glad you like it, Jordan!

Ashley

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What a cute idea! Thanks for all the fun activities you share!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Ashley! I’m pleased you like this activity.

Mariah

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How cute! I think I’ll print one for my three-year-old, who loves doing his “schoolwork” while the older siblings do theirs. Last school year he learned his letters from a talking MagnaDoodle he got for Christmas. I think he might like practicing putting the letters in order.

Robin E.

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I’m glad this will be helpful for you to have some schoolwork for your young learner, Mariah. I hope he has lots of fun with it.

Emily

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My little one would love this! Thanks for sharing!

A B

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This is adorable! It’ll make a great addition to our homeschool year in the fall. :)

Dee Lewis

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This is a great hands-on activity; it is both eye-catching and motivating.

Robin E.

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Thanks, Dee!

Kate

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This is a great hands-on activity for kids who love color and insects!

Robin E.

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So true, Kate!

Jessica Barrera

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Can’t wait to try it!

Loyda

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I hadn’t thought of this yet. It is simple but fun and he loves seeing the words he can form.

Robin E.

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Loyda,
Yes, the ABC caterpillar is simple, but students enjoy it and it’s a great activity for learning letters and making simple words.

Magela Gonzalez

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I can’t wait to use this with my preschooler. Thank you.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Magela.

Teresa W

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This looks great! My oldest two responded well to these sort of things and I look forward to trying this with my youngest. Thank you for making this available. Thank you also for your regular giveaways!

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Teresa!

Anita Nchat Kevin

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I love this activity

Sherry Martinez

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This activity is great for my summer catch up students going into first grade. Covid education gaps are hard to fill, but fun activities like this strengthen letter recognition.

Robin E.

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I’m so pleased to hear that you have found this helpful for filling gaps in students’ learning, Sherry! Thank you for sharing.

Leah

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Hope to try this out with my preschooler!

Grace Njoku

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I’m working on alphabet sequencing right now and this is a great resource. Thank you!

Ashley Ziegler

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This is so adorable, I will definitely be using this, this year!

Heliza Payne

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What a great resource and thank you for all the great ideas on how to use it.

Julie

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Love this idea!

Teresa W

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Oh I love this! My older two were always so responsive to these kind of things. Thank you so much for this resource, I will use it with my youngest when she is ready.
Thank you also for your regular giveaways. I can tell you that homeschool families appreciate it!

Tori

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I love this interactive reading activity!

Christine Danielewicz

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The ABC caterpillar really helped my kindergarten and first graders who had not yet mastered letter recognition. It was such a delight to see them learning with such enjoyment