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Mini Books: Consonants
(m, r, q, v)
(b, h, k, l, p)
(d, f, j, n, z)
(c, g, w, y)
(s, t, x)
and Assembly Methods
Materials > Alphabet > Mini-Books > Mini-Book
Instructions and Assembly
printable alphabet mini books presented here work in conjunction with
the Alphabet Activity Worksheets
(illustration below). The small sticker images at the bottom of the activity
worksheets will be used to complete the mini-book. The completed mini-book pages can also be used as flash cards
instead of assembling a book. The materials are appropriate for older toddlers, preschoolers
and early elementary.
The mini book format is with no text for the letter words.
Blank lines are added
to print text manually by the educator. Emergent writers may be able
to write simple sentences with guidance.
No Text Version:
The no text version is best suited to select English
text that is better suited to a country, culture, region, and/or to adjust
the level of text difficulty.
Idea: We can engage the children in an activity to
"brainstorm" and suggest the text for each
letter word, this type of activity can help expand and assess vocabulary and
Tip: Large groups: When using the no text version
with larger groups, I found that using an overhead projector and writing the
text the children suggested with fine tip erasable markers generates a lot
of excitement. The letter practiced is highlighted in a different
color within the text.
The consonants will be presented first in the sequence suggested at KidZone.ws
Consonants -- extremely
reliable, reliable, generally
reliable, unreliable, very
Below are suggestions with illustrations for
presenting and assembly. The mini-book elements are printed in three
pages using regular paper or card stock (the three
pages includes the alphabet worksheet for the stickers) .
Suggestion: Consider printing the matching worksheet and mini-books on
light or pastel color paper/card stock which adds interest and additional
learning to the activity while still allowing the children to color and
decorate the illustrations. For example, example print Letter B on
light Blue or Beige to practice colors and add another word related to the
learning activities before book assembly:
1. Print the elements
needed (also available in
Spanish): alphabet activity worksheet and mini-book
templates. Cut out and lay out the stickers in random order
above the mini book page 1 and later present page 2 for the last
image left. Do not cut out the book pages yet. Note: The
stickers are printed and cut out from the matching letter activity
2. First have children match the word on each sticker to the
word on the cards - adapt the text to
Tip: For older
children (3.5+ and older) use the riddle
method: leave out the key letter word in a sentence, for example -for the word Mother - The ________(blank)
feeds milk to the baby. The child will look at the sticker
images, then select and say mother, Mom or Mommy and any of these
words would be acceptable for the Mother sticker image. If
the text proves to be too difficult, provide additional clues,
or skip to another image that is easier, which will leave the
difficult one for last. Make sure to identify and find the
letter addressed in the sentence text.
3. Apply glue to
the back of the sticker and not to the square in the card to
avoid the book pages from sticking together, children paste the
sticker inside the square after making each right selection.
4. After all stickers are pasted, children can color the images.
5. Make sure to write the child's name in the front cover in
the line provided or older children can practice this skill.
6. The letter tracer card is optional. The educator will use discretion as to when to
present this portion.
Here are two suggested
assembly methods for the mini-books after conducting the learning
activities and stickers are pasted:
Book Format for Younger Children:
The book will have
Cover/Title Page and Five to Three Images depending on the
The accordion format is my preferred
method for older toddlers and younger preschoolers (24 to 48 months -
under 4 years old). Print the mini-book pages on card
stock or glue the pages to construction paper rectangles that are
slightly larger than the pages for durability. Align the
cards next to each other (see illustration above) - front cover
first, leaving a tiny
gap between each page, and place two or three small
pieces of tape where the pages meet, as illustrated. Turn the entire
set of pages face down and repeat the taping process on the back on the
same locations. The tiny gap between the pages is important
because it will allow the book pages to fold smoothly. Accordion
fold the book pages so the front cover is facing first and place a
heavy book or flat object over it for 5 minutes or so to set the
The accordion book format is easier to handle for the little
ones and avoids the use of staples or binding. In this method,
the book pages
are always laid out completely in front of the children for visual
impact. The folding process is an additional benefit for using
fine motor skills. Practice with the children how to close and
open the folds to make the accordion folds, make it a game. Omit the
tracer page for this age group and save for future use - ages 4.5+ or
when ready to start serious alphabet tracing.
Format with Binder Template - Older children 4+ and older
Conduct and adapt the learning activities
suggested above. The book format method is the traditional way of
making a homemade book. Cut the pages, number the pages if desired,
staple and cover the stapled area with a binder strip (template provided).
Additional learning activities for book format with binder:
1. Discuss the parts of the book: the front cover, the title,
author, text, illustrations, etc. Omit this activity in future mini
book activities once you feel the children have learned these
concepts. The front cover also offers the opportunity for children to
practice writing their first name.
2. Scissor cutting: Older preschoolers can practice scissor
cutting skills and cut out the elements of the books as much as possible by
3. Letter Tracing Practice: It is up to the educator to include
or omit the tracer practice page.
4. Numbers: Organize pages alphabetically and optionally help
children to number the pages on the left lower corner to practice
5. Adult: Staple twice in the areas indicated in the front/title
6. Cover the stapled area with the book binder template. Fold the book
binder template along the center dotted line -- use a glue stick and
place in the front of the book first, and press firmly, then press in place
in the back - it takes about ten minutes for the book binder to dry thoroughly.
Covering the stapled area is a good safety step. Staples tend to bend
and open easily, scratch the skin, or get tangled in the clothing causing
damage, and children under three are tempted to "taste"
Summary of some of
the skills covered using the mini books or flash cards:
1. Letter recognition practice in upper and lower case, and initial
2. Small motor skills / eye and hand coordination - scissor cutting,
the placement of the stickers within the square, tracing the letters if
applicable and using coloring tools all help address these skill areas.
3. Vocabulary and basic knowledge in various themes or subjects:
The text offers the opportunity for children to learn and expand vocabulary
related to the words for each letter. Learn about various
topics: science and social studies (animal facts for example),
community helpers, nutrition and more.
4. Comprehension and problem solving: Reading the text and the
process of selecting the right image helps children focus on the content and
main idea of the text as well as to solve a "problem" (the riddle)
-- which is the right image?
5. Pre-reading Skills: The process of reading the book and
assembling the books with a loving and caring adult is a great opportunity
to foster a love for reading, understanding that text is read from left to
right and for learning the parts and the process of how a book is
Caring for My Mini-Books:
Keep the mini books in an accessible location. Make a special activity
to decorate a shoe box or similar transparent plastic container with
letter stickers. Avoid using a
lid for the box, the lid discourages children from
"reading" their books and hides the content. The box should
be sized so that children can carry
it by themselves to any location they feel like "reading"
(kitchen, den, bedroom, etc.). Keep a few mini-books in a box in the
car too! Children and older siblings that can assemble
additional books for friends as gifts.
Child Care Providers and Preschool Setting: Assemble and color a
complete set of mini-books for the reading station/center in your facility. Place them in a decorated box as suggested
above where children can visit the books often.
Please report printing problems, typographical, grammar and punctuation
For grammar issues, provide a brief explanation and recommend corrected
text. Thank you for your contributions to improve and make the mini
books useful to all! Any ideas and recommendations are greatly
Have fun with the alphabet!!!