Disclosure: I received this product free through the Homeschool Review Crew. Soon I’ll be starting preschool with my youngest, and I’ve been on the lookout for fun hands-on activities for her. That’s why I’m so excited that we found the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle from The Crafty Classroom! My kids had so much fun using the fine motor alphabet activities during our Crafty Classroom review. I can’t wait to share how we used this product in our homeschool.
What is the Crafty Classroom Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle?
The Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle from The Crafty Classroom is a preschool curriculum that includes 19 different fun fine motor activities for kids. Each of the activities is themed around the letters of the alphabet, and helps kids to learn the names of the letters and their sounds. The activities are designed to be interactive and hands-on. Kids will develop their fine motor skills as they complete the activities as well.
This curriculum is available as a downloadable and printable PDF document. Homeschool parents can purchase a homeschool license which allows them to print unlimited copies for all the kids living in one household. A classroom license is also available which allows the curriculum to be printed for a single school classroom or homeschool co-op.
What Activities are Included in The Crafty Classroom Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle?
The fine motor alphabet bundle includes 19 different activities. Each of the hands-on activities helps kids practice their fine motor skills, while they learn about the alphabet letters.
Building Fine Motor Activities
Fine Motor ABC Bricks Pack
In my Lego loving family, the Fine Motor ABC Bricks Pack was one of our favorite activities! My kids loved trying to make the letters out of their Lego bricks. I loved that the worksheets for this activity included space to count, graph, and compare the numbers of bricks used.
Fine Motor Alphabet Snap Cube Mats
This was a fun activity that even my youngest could do independently. She understood intuitively that she was supposed to make the shape of the letters with the cubes. I love that the capital and lowercase letters are both included on the mat. This helped her start to recognize that the capital and lowercase versions were both representing the same letter!
Other Building Fine Motor Activities
Alphabet Fine Motor Cuisenaire Rod Pictures: Kids use Cuisenaire rods to build a picture that starts with each letter, then record how many of each kind of rod they used.
Popsicle Stick Fine Motor Pictures: Kids use Popsicle sticks to write each letter, and to make a picture that goes along with it.
Alphabet Pattern Block Mats: Kids use pattern blocks to create each of the letters, and then cover pictures that start with each letter with pattern blocks.
Pre-Reading Fine Motor Alphabet Activities
Fine Motor Phonics Sound Bound Cards
This activity is so simple, but there is so much learning going on here! Kids trace a simple path, and while they do, they say the sound that each letter makes. My kids loved the tracing activities, and I loved that they were practicing their phonics and beginning letter sounds.
During our Crafty Classroom review, we found that putting the pages in a dry erase pocket worked really well for this activity. We got this dry erase pocket at the Dollar Tree. All we had to do was slip the page inside, and then we could use a dry erase marker to trace the path. When the page was finished, it was easy to erase and re-use again and again!
Other Pre-Reading Fine Motor Alphabet Activities
Dab and Read Fine Motor Sight Words: Kids color the words with a dab marker as they read simple sentences with Fry’s first 100 sight words.
Fine Motor Listening Skills: Direction following worksheets themed for each letter of the alphabet.
Art Fine Motor Activities
Fine Motor Dip and Dot Pictures
This activity was so much fun for my kids! I think of all the fine motor alphabet activities that we tried, this one held their attention the longest. They loved painting the pictures, and they thought the Q-tips made a really fun paintbrush.
I love that this is an easy way for my kids to paint with minimal mess and clean-up. I put a small amount of each color of paint on a paper plate. When we were done we could throw away the plates and the Q-tips- no brushes to wash! I also discovered that although my kids didn’t really need paint smocks, asking them to wear one made me less stressed about getting paint on clothes. (Pro tip- we always paint with tempera paint because it washes out of clothes in the washing machine.)
Other Art Fine Motor Activities
Fine Motor Cut and Paste Activities: Kids color and cut out pictures of items that start with each letter to make a collage.
Dab and Dot Fine Motor Activity Sheets: Kids use dab markers to color a picture that goes with each alphabet letter.
Fine Motor Pom Pictures: Pictures to “color” by filling the space with pompoms.
Fine Motor Alphabet Template Mats: Blank uppercase and lowercase letters that kids can fill with small manipulatives of their choice.
Hands-On Fine Motor Alphabet Activities
Alphabet Fine Motor Drive and Write Mats
These were my son’s favorite activity from our Crafty Classroom review, hands down! He absolutely loved driving his cars along the letter-shaped roads. He has a big toy truck collection, and he was excited to drive all the trucks for this activity.
I loved that each letter included a pink dot to show where the letter should begin. That meant that all this driving was helping to reinforce forming the letters correctly. For my son who loves trucks and hates handwriting worksheets, this was a huge win! We will definitely be continuing to use the lowercase worksheets as we are learning our lowercase letters.
Other Hands-On Fine Motor Alphabet Activites
American Sign Language Alphabet Letter Charts: Shows kids how to make each letter in sign language, along with pictures and words that start with the letter.
Fine Motor American Sign Language Minibooks: Teaches kids to sign each letter, as well as several words that start with that letter.
Fine Motor Geoboards: A picture to make on a geoboard for each of the letters of the alphabet.
Maze and Write Fine Motor Pack: Mazes for each of the uppercase and lowercase letters.
Fine Motor Playdough Mats: Kids build each of the letters out of playdough, along with an object that starts with each letter.
What are Motor Skills?
Motor skills are developmental skills that kids learn that require them to move their muscles. There are two kinds of motor skills.
- Gross Motor Skills are skills that use large muscle groups. Running, skipping, and jumping are gross motor skills.
- Fine Motor Skills are skills that use small muscle groups, like those in the hand and fingers. Zipping a jacket, tying shoes, and writing with a pencil are all fine motor skills. Kids also develop hand-eye coordination when they are developing fine motor skills.
Why are Fine Motor Skills Important?
Fine motor skills are important because many of the activities that we do as a part of day to day life require strong fine motor skills. Kids develop independence as they learn to manipulate their own clothes. Zipping a zipper, buttoning a button, and tying shoes are all activities that require fine motor skills.
Fine motor skills are also needed for many of the toys kids use to play and explore their world. Working a jigsaw puzzle or building with blocks requires fine motor skills.
Fine motor skills are especially critical when kids are learning how to write. The ability to hold a pencil correctly and control it while writing depends on developing fine motor muscle strength. Kids will also need to hone their fine motor skills to be able to use scissors and glue.
If kids aren’t practicing their fine motor skills and doing activities that strengthen their fine motor muscles, this can eventually lead to academic delays.
What Will Kids Learn from The Crafty Classroom’s Fine Motor Alphabet Activities?
One of the reasons that I loved these alphabet activities during our Crafty Classroom review was that my kids weren’t just learning about their letters. There are so many other learning objectives packed into the Fine Motor Alphabet Activities!
1. Alphabet Letter Names
Every single activity in this curriculum is focused on the letters of the alphabet. As kids explore the fine motor alphabet activities, they will be seeing the letters over and over again in many different contexts. This provides a lot of review for kids who are learning the names of their letters.
Both uppercase and lowercase letters are included in most of the activities. This will help kids learn to recognize both the uppercase and lowercase letters. Because the corresponding uppercase and lowercase letters are often included together, kids will start to recognize that both stand for the same letter.
2. Letter Sounds
Many of the activities include pre-reading components and letter sounds. Kids see pictures of objects that start with the letters. This will help them start to recognize beginning sounds, and to identify the sounds that each letter makes.
3. How to Write Alphabet Letters
Most of the activities focus on asking kids to write the letter, or to form the shape of the letter in some way. The methods vary (with playdough, by driving a car, out of blocks…) but the shapes of the letters are always important. And, most of the activities include arrows or directions to help kids know which parts of the letter to draw first.
As kids are exposed to the correct way to form each letter over and over again, they will start to remember this information long term. This curriculum is a fun way for kids to learn how to form their letters correctly.
4. Fine Motor Skills
These activities are designed to help kids develop fine motor muscle strength. Kids are using their hands, and a variety of manipulatives, as they are learning. These activities are fantastic for helping kids to build up their fine motor skills.
5. Correct Pencil Grip
Over time, as kids’ hand strength grows, they will have an easier time using a correct 3-finger pencil grip. Some of the activities, like the Q-tip painting, can also help kids remember the correct pencil grip as they complete them.
6. Pencil Control
Many of the activities can be completed with a marker or pencil. Lots of opportunities for tracing will help kids practice learning to control their pencil or marker. Games like mazes make this kind of pencil control practice fun and engaging for kids.
7. Following Directions
One of the hidden gems that I found during my Crafty Classroom review was the Following Directions worksheet bundle. These worksheets include a set of step by step written directions with specific things to circle, color, or write. These are great to read aloud to kids and ask them to follow the directions. Older kids who are readers can try them on their own. These sheets are great for kids who struggle to remember and follow step by step directions.
8. Recognizing and Reading Words
Many of the activities incorporate labeled pictures of items that start with each letter. Over time, kids will begin to recognize some of the words and be able to read them. The sight word exercise is also a great way for kids to practice reading as they mark each of the words with a dab marker.
9. Math Concepts
I love that many of the Fine Motor Alphabet Activities also incorporate math concepts! After building a letter with blocks, for example, there is a place to record how many of each kind of blocks you used. Kids will practice counting, tallying, and comparing as they complete these activities. I even had a great discussion with my son about the greater than and less than signs because they are included in the Lego brick activities!
10. Sign Language
Families who are learning sign language will love the sign language cards and minibooks that are included in the Fine Motor Alphabet Activities! Simple pictures show kids how to sign each letter, as well as several different words that begin with that letter. This is a great resource and a fun extension to any letter lessons!
Pros of The Crafty Classroom Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle
As we were completing our Crafty Classroom review, we found a lot to love about the Fine Motor Alphabet Activities! Here are a few of our favorite features of this preschool curriculum:
1. Fun to Use
My kids really enjoyed working on the Fine Motor Alphabet Activities. They loved how everything was so hands-on, and they enjoyed the art projects especially. My truck-loving son is OBSESSED with the car driving mats and would spend his entire homeschool day playing with them if I let him! My kids would definitely choose to use this curriculum again and again, which is important to me when I’m choosing curriculum for my homeschool.
2. Hands-on Alphabet Activities
The Fine Motor Alphabet Activities are so much more than just worksheets! I love that most of the activities require kids to work hands-on with manipulatives too. As kids use playdough, paint, and blocks to build letters, they are engaging their brains and bodies in hands-on learning. These activities are fantastic for kids who are kinesthetic learners because of the hands-on elements.
3. Uses Common Supplies
I found that we had everything we needed for our Crafty Classroom Review in the house, and we didn’t need to purchase any extra items to use this curriculum. I love that the curriculum uses common art supplies like paint and markers. Even the suggested manipulatives are common math manipulatives that most homeschool families will already have around the house, like pattern blocks, linking cubes, and a geoboard. And, if there is an item you don’t have, it’s easy to omit that activity and choose one of the others.
4. Printer Friendly
Most of the pages of this curriculum are primarily black and white, which makes this a relatively printer friendly resource. Each of the 19 activities came as a separate PDF document, which made it easy to find and print the pages that we wanted to use.
5. Simple Directions
Each activity comes with a simple set of directions for parents that explains exactly how to use that resource. A supply list tells you exactly what materials you will need to complete the activity. The directions explain exactly how to use the resource. Many of them tell you what your child will be learning as they complete the activity. Some include suggestions for modifying the activity to fit your child’s ability level.
6. Flexible Schedule
I love that this curriculum can be used with just about any homeschool schedule. It would be a great supplement to a letter of the week curriculum. This curriculum could also stand on its own as a letter of the week curriculum for homeschooling preschool. It could be used daily as part of your homeschool schedule, or occasionally to supplement other activities.
7. Adaptable for Different Ability Levels
Since there are so many activities to choose from, this curriculum is easy to adapt to fit kids of a wide range of ability levels. In addition, many of the activities can be modified to make them easier or harder for kids. We adapted the pompom pictures so that my kids could do them together. My younger child used her fingers to pick up the pompoms, and my older child used a pair of tweezers for an added challenge.
8. Great for Families
Because this curriculum is so flexible, it is easy for large families with multiple ages of kids to work on the curriculum together. I was able to print multiple copies of the pages so my kids could work side by side. Although this curriculum is designed for preschoolers, it could be used by younger kids with simple modifications. Older kids may enjoy doing some of the activities as a fun review.
9. Learn About Multiple Subjects
I was so impressed to discover during our Crafty Classroom review that many of the lessons go way beyond just learning about alphabet letters and fine motor skills. The activities incorporate math skills, American Sign Language, following directions, reading, and so much more. This helps kids see that all of those subjects are important, and to understand how they are related.
10. Independent Learning
Once I explained the simple directions of each activity, I found that my kids were able to complete the activities independently. This curriculum is a great way for kids to build confidence in their ability to work on their own.
Cons of The Crafty Classroom Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle
My family loved The Crafty Classroom’s Fine Motor Alphabet Activities. However, this curriculum is only available as a digital PDF download. I wish it could be purchased in print form, as that would make it so much easier to use right away. To get the most out of this curriculum, it would be best to print the whole thing and put it in a binder, but that is an additional expense above and beyond the purchase price of the book. I would recommend that families factor this into the cost of purchasing this resource, and plan to print the whole curriculum right away so that the pages will be available when they are needed.
Our Experience During Our Crafty Classroom Review
All things considered, my family really enjoyed using the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle from The Crafty Classroom. I would recommend this curriculum for anyone who is looking for hands-on preschool activities. This will be a great fit to help kids learn how to write their letters, and to develop their fine motor skills.
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