Painted Alphabet Art for Kids

Learning letters doesn’t have to mean that your child sits silently reading and writing the same thing over and over and over again. Nope. Developing early literacy skills can be fun, creative and even exciting. How?
Painted Alphabet Art for Kids - this is such a fun kids activity to reinforce alphabet letters with toddler, preschool, prek, and kindergarten age kids

Artsy Alphabet

Your child is learning the letters. Taking the lessons up a notch or two and getting artsy with the alphabet can draw your child into the subject matter in a way that other methods may not. Okay, so no one is saying that this is a magic fix or an instant way for your child to suddenly learn everything there is to know about the alphabet. But, it is a creative way to help your child learn the content at hand.

This kids’ art activity uses water colors, paper and much more. Not only is it an imaginative way to learn about the alphabet, but it’s also a sensory experience too. So, how can your child use her senses and what will she learn through this activity?

Your child will learn and explore:
  • Letter recognition and identification
  • Color recognition
  • Fine motor skills – eye-hand coordination
  • Sensory exploration – sight, touch
  • Science – exploring how water mixes with paint

Arts and Crafts Materials

You’ll need:
  • Card stock paper
  • Scissors
  • A marker
  • Water color paints
  • A thin paintbrush      
  • Craft felt
  • Clear-drying school glue
cut out a letter a

Pick a letter and draw it, bubble-style, onto a piece of the card stock. Your child may want to pick the first letter of her first name or simple start at “A.”

Cut the letter out.
place alpahbet letter on a piece of constructin paper

Place the letter on a second piece of card stock.

paint around the letter using watercolor paint
Paint around it. Your child can paint over it, while holding the letter down.

remove the alphabet letter and reveal the magic letter artwork
Remove the letter to reveal it’s negative image. Now she has a letter in the middle of her painting.

cut pieces of felt and fill in the letter to make an alphabet craft

Cut pieces of craft felt. Your child can use scraps that are left over from other projects, making this into a reuse and recycle activity.

Glue the felt onto the letter, creating a sensory/texture artwork.

alphabet preschool craft

Art Activity Extensions

Your child doesn’t have to stop at one letter. She can also draw several different letters, eventually putting the pieces of art together to make a word. As your child continues to make art letters, she can string them into sentences. Another option is to change up the sensory aspect of the activity. Instead of using craft felt, try glitter and glue, a tissue paper collage or colorful craft sand.


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Erica Loop is a mom, parenting writer and educator with an MS in child development. When she's not teaching, she's busy writing kids' activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, TwitterGoogle+, and Instagram.

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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.