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Alphabet Handprint-Footprint Crafts

Alphabet Handprint-Footprint Crafts

Is your young child learning about the alphabet? Learning the letters of the alphabet, which provides the foundation for understanding written language, is an important first step for young children when beginning to learn to read. Before learning the graphemes that spell sounds, children need to know the names of the letters. Activities such as handprint and footprint crafts can be particularly useful for teaching letter names. By engaging in hands-on activities that incorporate the letters of the alphabet, children are able to make connections between the letter shapes and the letter names.

Hands-on activities are particularly beneficial for young children because of the engagement of multiple senses. By engaging in activities that involve touch, sight, and hearing, children are able to better understand and remember what they are learning, which is particularly important for young children whose verbal or cognitive abilities may not yet be fully developed. By providing opportunities for children to explore the alphabet through hands-on activities, parents and caregivers can help children to develop important literacy skills and build a strong foundation for future learning.

A letter is a character or symbol in an alphabet. Letters are the raw materials for making graphemes and markers. Most children learn to read between the ages of 6 and 7. Some children are ready at age 4 or 5. Knowledge of letters is required before learning to read. Teach your toddler or preschooler the ABCs with fun handprint and footprint crafts for each letter of the alphabet. (Click the links for detailed instructions for each alphabet craft.)

Also check out Teach a Student to Read: Letters and Graphemes, which is a preschool workbook the precedes the Teach a Student to Read reading program.

A

A Is for Alligator

A Is for Alligator Handprint Craft 1

A Is for Apple

A Is for Apple Handprint Craft 1

B

B Is for Bat

B Is for Bat Handprint Craft 1

B Is for Birds

Completed B Is for Birds Handprint Craft

B Is for Bumblebee

Finished B Is for Bumblebee Footprint Craft 1

B Is for Butterfly

Finished B Is for Butterfly Footprint Craft 1

C

C Is for Camel

Finished C Is for Camel Handprint Craft

C Is for Cat

Completed C Is for Cat Handprint and Footprint Craft

C Is for Caterpillar

Finished C Is for Caterpillar Handprint Craft

C Is for Cheetah

C Is for Cheetah Handprint Craft

C Is for Chicken

C Is for Chicken Handprint Craft

C Is for Cow

Completed C Is for Cow Handprint Craft

C Is for Crab

Completed C Is for Crab Handprint Craft

D

D Is for Dandelion

Completed D Is for Dandelion Handprint Craft

D Is for Dinosaur

Finished D Is for Dinosaur Handprint Craft

D Is for Duck

D Is for Duck Handprint Craft

D Is for Duck

D Is for Duck Handprint Craft

E

E Is for Eagle

Finished E Is for Eagle Handprint Craft

E Is for Elephant

E Is for Elephant Handprint Craft

F

F Is for Fire

Finished F Is for Fire Handprint-Footprint Craft

F Is for Fish

Finished F Is for Fish Handprint Craft

F Is for Flamingo

F Is for Flamingo Handprint Craft

F Is for Flower

Finished F Is for Flower Handprint and Footprint Craft

G

G Is for Giraffe

G Is for Giraffe Handprint Craft

G Is for Goose

G Is for Goose Handprint Craft

G Is for Gorilla

Completed G Is for Gorilla Handprint Craft

G Is for Grapes

Completed G Is for Grapes Handprint Craft

H

H Is for Heart

Finished H Is for Heart Handprint Craft

H Is for Hedgehog

Finished H Is for Hedgehog Handprint Craft

H Is for Hippo

H Is for Hippo Handprint Craft

H Is for Horse

Finished H Is for Horse Handprint Craft

I

I Is for Ibex

Finished I Is for Ibex Handprint Craft

I Is for Ibis

Completed I Is for Ibis Handprint Craft

I Is for Ice Cream

Completed I Is for Ice Cream Footprint Craft

I Is for Impala

Finished I Is for Impala Handprint Craft

J

J Is for Jaguar

J Is for Jaguar Handprint Craft

J Is for Jellyfish

Completed J Is for Jellyfish Handprint Craft

K

K Is for Kingfisher

Finished K Is for Kingfisher Handprint Craft

K Is for Koala

K Is for Koala Handprint Craft

L

L Is for Ladybug

Completed L Is for Ladybug Footprint Craft

L Is for Lion

Finished L Is for Lion Handprint and Footprint Craft

L Is for Lobster

Finished L Is for Lobster Handprint-Footprint Craft

M

M Is for Mistletoe

Finished M Is for Mistletoe Footprint Craft

M Is for Monkey

Completed M Is for Monkey Handprint Craft

N

N Is for Narwhal

Finished N Is for Narwhal Handprint Craft

N Is for Nest

Completed N Is for Nest Handprint Craft

O

O Is for Octopus

Completed O Is for Octopus Handprint Craft

O Is for Owl

Finished O Is for Owl Handprint Craft

P

P Is for Panther

Completed P Is for Panther Handprint Craft

P Is for Parrot

Finished P Is for Parrot Handprint-Footprint Craft

P Is for Peacock

Completed P Is for Peacock Handprint-Footprint Craft

P Is for Penguin

Finished P Is for Penguin Handprint Craft

P Is for Pumpkin

Finished P Is for Pumpkin Handprint Craft

Q

Q Is for Quail

Q Is for Quail Handprint Craft

R

R Is for Rabbit

Finished R Is for Rabbit Footprint Craft

R Is for Reindeer

Finished R Is for Reindeer Handprint-Footprint Craft

R Is for Robin

Finished R Is for Robin Footprint Craft

S

S Is for Snail

Finished S Is for Snail Craft

S Is for Spider

Finished S Is for Spider Handprint Craft

S Is for Strawberry

Finished S Is for Strawberry Handprint Craft

S Is for Sun

Completed S Is for Sun Handprint Craft

S Is for Swan

S Is for Swan Handprint Craft

T

T Is for Tiger

T Is for Tiger Handprint Craft

T Is for Tree

Finished T Is for Tree Handprint-Footprint Craft

T Is for Turkey

T Is for Turkey Handprint Craft

T Is for Turtle

Finished T Is for Turtle Handprint Craft

U

U Is for Unicorn

Finished U Is for Unicorn Handprint Craft

U Is for Urchin

Finished U Is for Urchin Handprint Craft

V

V Is for Vulture

Finished V Is for Vulture Handprint Craft

W

W Is for Walrus

Finished W Is for Walrus Handprint Craft

W Is for Whale

W Is for Whale Handprint Craft

X

X Is for X-ray Fish

Finished X Is for X-ray Fish Handprint Craft

X Is for Xylophone

Finished X Is for Xylophone Footprint Craft

Y

Y Is for Yak

Completed Y Is for Yak Handprint Craft

Z

Z Is for Zebra

Z Is for Zebra Handprint Craft

Z Is for Zebra

Z Is for Zebra Handprint Craft

This post was originally published on March 8, 2015 and updated on April 23, 2023.

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All Images © 2014 or 2017 Heather Johnson

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