As we start thinking about preparing back to school, I wanted to share a new, fun printable for your autumn shelves! I cannot wait to show you all of the fun ways we use our leaf letter cards!

I know, I know, it’s summer now, but back to school will be here before we know it! I want you to be prepared. And let’s be real here- creating these materials for you also means I have them done for my own students when we go back in September. Let’s dive into today’s new activities: Leaf letter Cards!

Leaf Letter Cards

Age: 4+

You can use these cards to help children practice several different skills – upper and lowercase matching, spelling words, and even writing. Our favorite way to use these cards is with a salt tray, but you can use them in so many different ways!

Sand trays are a fantastic way for children to practice writing before they are ready to actually use a pen and paper. You can use them with our printables. Forming the letters in the sand will give children a  chance to build confidence in their writing. They can practice forming letters in a way that stimulates the senses.

How to prepare the cards

After printing the cards, you can cut them out by cutting along the dashed border or cut out the individual leaves. I love how the cutout leaves look personally, but that does take a while.

You may want to laminate these papers if you will be using them with multiple children.

Use as a writing activity

You can present this as a writing work at this point by giving the children a dry erase marker, an eraser, and the laminated sheets. Your students can practice writing on the leaves directly.

Alternatively, you can present a sand tray to your students with these cards. This is simply a tray filled with sand (or salt, cornmeal, whatever fine material you feel is appropriate).

I also recommend providing a larger tray to place both the sand tray and the cards inside of. This way, if the sand spills, you will have somewhere to catch the spills.

Children can use a manipulative or their fingers to create the letters in the sand. We used a cinnamon stick for writing, and I added some cinnamon and nutmeg to the sand for an additional sensory experience. It smells fantastic and is so soothing for children!

How to use for matching upper and lower case

You can also present this as a matching cases work. Simple present two stacks of cards – one is in upper case and one in lower case. I typically do not provide all of the letters at once. I switch it up based on how well the children are using the material, how interested they are, and how they are responding to the work in general.

Spell words

You can even have your children spell different words with the letter cards. There are extra letters provided in this set, such as vowels. I also included additional letters for creating fall words, such as “fall”, etc.

That’s the great thing with packs like this! You can customize this for your teaching needs! Happy learning friends!

Materials you need:

  • Leaf Letter Cards
  • Laminator
  • Sand
  • 2 trays – one large, one smaller
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)
  • Dry erase marker and eraser (optional)

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