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Creating the Alphabet with Building Blocks

One of the most effective ways to help your child learn the letters is through play. Creating the alphabet with building blocks, such as Lego, is a fun way for preschoolers to become more familiar with letters.

Our free download includes letter templates and instructions for using this activity to encourage letter recognition. Let’s get building!

Creating the Alphabet with Building Blocks download graphic

Instructions for Creating the Alphabet with Building Blocks

It’s easy as can be! After three simple steps, your child will be ready to start building.

  1. Print, cut, and laminate the letter cards.
  2. If desired, laminate your cards to provide many more hours of alphabet play.
  3. Punch a hole in one corner of each card and store your cards on a large key ring.

Playing with the Alphabet and Your Building Blocks

Are you ready for fun? There are so many engaging ways that you can use this activity with your child to introduce and reinforce letter knowledge skills—so let’s explore!

Letters built with building blocks

Some children like to build the letters by following the templates, carefully matching up each building block to the template to ensure that their creation is just like the model.

Preschooler building letter A with building blocksPreschooler building letter A with building blocks

Other children prefer to create their own versions of each letter.

Preschooler building letter C with building blocks

Your child may enjoy this challenge: say the name of a letter and have your child find the corresponding card and build the letter.

Preschooler building letters with building blocks

And you can work on matching lowercase and uppercase letters, too. Just show your child a lowercase letter, then have her find the uppercase letter card and build the letter.

Preschooler building letters with building blocks

The most important thing to remember is that these letter recognition activities should be fun!

Did your preschooler enjoy this activity? You can find more great letter recognition activities here!

Ideas for Using Building Blocks, Recommended by Our Readers:

  • I use various kinds of blocks with our fluency sheet practice. For each word read, my kid earns a block to add to his creation. He has fun getting the blocks he needs to fuel his creativity! (Recommended by @sarahannhow, via Instagram)
  • We use Duplo to create shapes and then “measure” the area by counting the blocks. (Recommended by @thrivehomeschooling, via Instagram)
  • Another fun idea is to see how tall you can work together to build a structure in 2 minutes. (Recommended by @thrivehomeschooling, via Instagram)
  • Use building blocks to make patterns (math reasoning and patterning). (Recommended by @thrivehomeschooling, via Instagram)
  • Use building blocks to teach counting (and number recognition). Show your child a number and have him stack that many pieces. (Recommended by Daniela P., via blog comment)
  • Use building blocks to help learn about symmetry. (Recommended by Karen, via blog comment)
  • For older children, print the cards with four pages to a sheet. They will print as flashcards and are small enough to use with regular Legos. (Recommended by Kayla via blog comment)
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Donna Depner

says:

awesome idea Thanks

D Newby

says:

I got to try this with my kids!

CHER

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Great idea for older kids needing to solidify the alphabet into their memory. My boys re 11,9 & 7. They love legos and this doesn’t look too “babyish”. A win win all around. Has anyone tries using smaller legos?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Cher,
If you don’t care if the cards and the Lego pieces aren’t the same size, then the cards will work fine with standard Lego bricks. However, if you want them to be able to lay the Lego pieces on the cards and have it be the same size, you’ll need to print them at a reduced size. 60% seems to be about right.

Rachel

says:

Great idea.

This is such a fun and creative method of exploring the alphabet. I have some preschoolers who are so into construction and this works so well for them.
Thank you for sharing and your program is wonderful. I am pro active early literacy and have been teaching for close to forty years in my home-based preschool…the importance of incorporating early literacy skills from a young age. Thanks for all that you do in making the love of learning a fascinating journey for many!

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Debra Ann! You and your preschoolers might also enjoy our other letter recognition printables and activities as well.

Mabel

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My son who loves playing withhis lego is never been happier to learn his alphabet using these=)

Nicole D.

says:

Great tips. My son is just starting to read and I”m always looking for new ideas.

Charlotte Brandhorst

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I am using the pre-reading level with my 8 year old, reluctant reader. I think she will like these. I have printed them and plan to pull them out tomorrow.

Kayla

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We don’t have Duplo Lego bricks, but we do have a bunch of small regular Legos. I printed the cards, 4 pages to a sheet. They came out as flashcards and small enough for regular Legos. My 6 year old autistic daughter really liked these and it was good for her fine motor practice too. Thanks!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Kayla,
I wondered if this would work, and it’s great to hear it does! Thanks for trying this out and sharing it with us.

Elizabeth

says:

We have been struggling with letter recognition. This is a great idea.

roslyn harris

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My daughter would like this. She is only almost 3 and she is always asking to “do school” like her big brother. It is challanging to think up developmentally appropriate things to do with her.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Roslyn,
I understand how this is. When my youngest was a preschooler, I found ideas for her with “tot trays”, “activities in a bag”, educational toys, and so on. I discovered that she was fine doing the same 2 or 3 activities every day for a week, and that I could then revisit the same or similar activity just a few weeks later. This activity would have been great to have in our rotation!

Anyway, I found the blogs 1+1+1=1 and Confessions of Homeschooler especially helpful.

Sarah Cylkowski

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I’m excited to try these ideas with my son. He loves building, so I think this will go over great! I think we’ll try using tanagrams, too.

Launa

says:

Looks fun! Another tool to add into our pre-reading repertoire!

Ana

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My son was finally able to complete the letter formation just this week. It is amazing when the moment it all makes sense and is able to do it. Plus the complete joy they feel afterwards.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Ana,
This is great to hear! I can imagine the joy. Thanks for the update.

Tyra

says:

Great idea! Will definitely be trying it with my two youngest.

Sara

says:

This is great! I’m excited to use this with my 4 year old!

Sharon Pine

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I hope we win this; Jazzy will be done with Level 1 by April and we will be ready then for Level 2. That would be a blessing. It’s the first thing that’s really helped her with her spelling, and she is in grade 4, so it was getting to be frustrating. Now, she is doing so much better.

Erin

says:

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Rachelle

says:

I have never thought of doing this! I bet my 3 year old would love it though!

swapna

says:

This is interesting. I had a similar busy bag with legos & pattern cards. This is even better. Pls do share at the practical mondays link up too:)

Mary

says:

Great work for today’s many tactile learners!

DoRena

says:

What a fantastic idea! This looks like a great activity for kids of different ages to do together!

Heather Bertrand

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My kids love anything to do with legos. This is another great way to keep them happy and learning while doing what they love.

Victoria

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Love all of these creative ideas that engage all types of learners!

Barbara

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Love all the ideas to make learning fun!

Terra LaPorte

says:

I love this idea! I intend to try this with my Twins! Thank you!

Annette

says:

What a wonderful idea! I plan on using this with our grandson. Thank you.

Lauren

says:

What a great idea to do with my younger ones!

Jill

says:

My son is fascinated with legos, this is a genius idea! Thank you for sharing!

We are homeschooling our grandson and appreciate all the information and products from you. The ideas are great!

Rebecca

says:

What a great hands-on activity for letter recognition! I have 3 boys, and the oldest two are currently loving legos, so this will be fun to add into our lessons!

Jocelyn

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Thank-you for a wonderful idea and resource!!! I wonder if it would work with lowercase?

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Jocelyn,
I think it would work with lower case, although some of the letters would be tricky. Maybe you should save lower case for once your child has become so good at capital letter building that it’s easy.

Cathy D

says:

Very cool idea

Lacey

says:

This is a great idea! My little boys will love it. Thanks!

Kristy S

says:

I LOVE the idea of using building blocks to learn/reinforce letter identification and knowledge! Building the letters enables the students to fully pay attention to the formation of each letter!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Kristy,
Yes! Plus it seems more like play than “school”.

Sheila

says:

Thank you! These will be fun for my preschooler!

Catherine

says:

I have never thought of doing this…..good thing I have two little boys to do this with. I think my two oldest would have loved this, but who am I kidding? I would live this! Thanks for the idea!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Thanks for the smile this morning, Catherine. :D

Karen

says:

Our Lego’s have lasted and LASTED !! For building, math, learning symmetry … Just plain hours and hours of learning MADE FUN !! We are still using our Original set of Duplos (now 21 years old and counting) AND our Original set of Lego’s -MORE THAN 30 years old !! I can’t believe Lego’s have been around THAT LONG and still going !!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Karen,
We agree, Lego are AWESOME!

patty

says:

this is such a great way to teach letters. all my children are hands on learners who also love legos. i am printing these cards asap! thanks!

janet

says:

creative, inspiring ways to teach kids to learn

Lydia Hostetler

says:

I want to use Lego’s to teach my son, He loves Lego’s.. Thanks for the idea!

Kimberly

says:

This looks like it would be very beneficial for my children!

daniela_p

says:

It is a realy good idea! I used building blocks to teach my child to count. I used to show him a number and he was stacking the pieces.

Shannon

says:

This is a great idea! A wonderful alternate for my nearly 4 year old to strengthen his alphabet knowledge.

Katelyn

says:

What a tremendous idea, especially for children who love hands-on learning. Not only does it teach letter recognition, but it helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Thank you so much!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Katelyn,
Yes! This activity develops so many skill sets, plus it would be a lot of fun! Again, I wish I had a preschooler around to do this with. Sigh.

Meghan

says:

Love all these ideas! Thanks!

Brittany Gell

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I can’t wait to try this with my daughter! She will love it!

S welford

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This is a great idea! I can’t wait to do this with my preschoolers.

Heidi

says:

Oh these are great ideas

Sara

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What a great idea for using Legos! We’re getting more creative with manipulatives as our daughter likes the tiles less and less.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Sara,
Some students don’t really care for the tiles. I think it’s maybe because it’s slower than just writing.

Anyway, it is okay to just save the tiles for you briefly demonstrating concepts to her, and she can go straight to paper. You can always go back to the tiles if she seems to need it, but if she does fine with going straight to paper than allow her that option.

I hope this helps.

Kelly

says:

Great ideas for my kinesthetic learner!

Lorean

says:

I love these ideas and this program!!!

Love these activities! Great for little hands!

Nicole

says:

Such fun ideas!

Amy

says:

Love this idea for my pre-schooler!

Sara S.

says:

What a great idea! Definitely need to try this with my 3 year old.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Sara,
I know! I wish I had a 3 year old to try this with. Have fun!

Dana Brown

says:

Love these ideas!

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