Spanish alphabet activities are important for learning the Spanish letter names and letter sounds. An alphabet banner is an easy craft and a visual learning tool. It is useful to introduce the alphabet and the letter sounds. When it is hung, it is a visual reminder and a way to review what they are learning.
Grab the free alphabet craft
Learn the Spanish alphabet and how each letter sounds. This printable craft is a great learning tool to introduce and review the different sounds in Spanish. The activities will help you have excellent pronunciation as you learn new Spanish words.
First, learn the basics about the Spanish alphabet letters and sounds.
Then download, print the instructions and Spanish alphabet letter cards.
Continue to use the cards in activities and to review the Spanish letter names and sounds. This process will help you improve your Spanish pronunciation.
The Spanish Alphabet Letters
Every letter in the Spanish alphabet has its own unique sound or set of sounds. I have created a printable banner craft as a tool for Spanish learners. Each letter can be printed to hang the Spanish alphabet on the wall or used as flash cards.
First say these words in English
favor, chocolate, dime, quesadilla, jalapeño, red
Next say the same words in Spanish
Did you hear a difference between the English and Spanish versions?
Each of those words sound different in each language. That’s because every Spanish letter has its own unique sound. This Spanish alphabet letter craft will equip you with a learning tool. The printable consists of a card for each letter in the Spanish alphabet. The cards can be strung together and hung on the wall, or they can be used as flashcards.
Spanish Alphabet Basic Facts
- The Spanish alphabet has 27 letters, one more than the English alphabet.
- The letter ñ is unique to the Spanish alphabet
- Each letter has a name and at least one sound.
Spanish Alphabet Letter Banner Craft
The printable has instructions, letter cards and templates to make a Spanish alphabet banner. It does require some assembly with cutting and hole punching. When complete, you will have either loose letter cards or a beautiful alphabet banner to hang on the wall.
Make a banner or letter cards?
Both manipulatives are visual and tactile. The combination of senses helps to cement the letter symbol and sound into memory. Either way, there are many learning activities to do.
Option A Letter Cards
Print and keep the letter cards loose.
Option B Alphabet Banner
Print cards to string together and hang on wall or door.
Beforehand, gather these materials for the craft:
Letter size paper
- White printer paper
- Colored paper – brights, pastels, flesh tones,
- Cardstock – spice, metallic, brights, kraft,
Lamination option for durability
Steps for Letter Cards and Alphabet Banner
Next, insert paper into printer in this order:
- 1 sheet of white paper, 8 sheets for letter cards, and 8 sheets for backing
Many color combinations and different decorative paper types are possible. The letter cards are best on light colors. The backing sheets can be anything really. Also, think about the ribbon or string color and type will hold them together. Or for flashcards, the thickness of the paper the letter cards is important.
And print the download:
• page #1-9 for letter cards only
• page #1-17 for banner
Second, cut the letter cards and backing sheets
For a set of loose letter cards, cut along outside edge in the shape of a rectangle. See the letter A. Laminate letter card for durability. (optional)
Continue Next Steps to make a Banner
For the alphabet banner, cut the letter cards along outside edge, like the letter W in the picture. This leaves a triangular shape on the bottom.
The backing sheets are cut into quarter sheets. Use the printed lines as a guide.
Third, center letter card on top of backing and punch two holes along top of each letter card. The string will be laced through the holes.
- There will be about 1/4″ margin around each letter card.
- Place the holes about 1″ down from top edge and 1″ in from side edges.
Finally, string the cards together in alphabetical order. Run a long string through the two holes of each card from back to front to back again.
- You will need a string length of about 10 feet.
- Tie a knot in the end to keep it from unraveling.
- Begin with letter Z and work backwards. Pull the end of string through hole from back to front. Then, put end through to back again. Move cards along string until all cards are complete.
- Leave an extra length of string on each end to tie on wall or door.
The finished alphabet craft
At the end, put them to use. Either place the deck of letter cards on table or hang the banner across the wall or door. They will remind them to practice. Reviewing cements the sounds into the memory.
For example, how I’ve used this craft as a learning tool:
Right away, I put a set of letter cards on the table. I surprise them with a new word spelled out. My little ones read this in English ho-lah. I say it correctly oh-lah reminding them the letter h is silent. They are learning how to read and speak correctly in Spanish.
Also, the banner hangs on the wall as a reminder of the Spanish alphabet. Anytime, we can clip a word to the letter for sample sounds. They can increase their vocabulary at the same time.
How to Learn the Spanish Letter Sounds
Finally, once the craft is complete, the alphabet banner is a good visual learning tool. You can do different activities to introduce and review the alphabet and letter sounds. More emphasis should be placed on the sounds instead of the letter names.
Alphabet Letter and Sound Activities
- Sing the alphabet song and point to the letters ✮
- Chant the alphabet sounds with a rhythm ✮
- In alphabetical order, point and tell ✮
- Mix cards, hold up one, and name it ✮
- Lay all cards face down. Flip and say name or sound. Keep if correct. Most cards win ✮
- Spell a word with letter card and say the letter name one by one. ✮
- Mix up letter all cards, alphabetize and say the sounds. Fastest time wins ✮
- Only vowels – say the cards letter name. Partner says the vowel sound back. ✮
- Copy letters on paper and say sound. ✮
Most importantly, a lot of repetition is good for memory. The more engaging and active an activity, the better it is for learning.
Bien hecho ♥