All of these activities can be used during direct instruction/ literacy groups or for literacy centers. You can also be creative and use things other than just letter magnets- like blocks with letters on them, bottle caps with letters, letter beads, letter cards, letter stamps, etc.
-Sort Letters by Attributes
I use parts of the Hand Writing Without Tears curriculum, so we practice sorting letters on what parts they're made out of (lines, curves or both).
-Matching letters to build words
I use this freebie in my TpT to have students match letters to build CVC words. This is great for kiddos who don't know letter sounds yet but are able to match letters. I also listed a ton of CVC freebies at the end of this post.
Sorting letters is great practice for early learners! You can easily make sorting mats in Word or Powerpoint or you can grab some of the sorting mats freebies at the end of this post.
-Sorting by letters/ numbers
-Building CVC words
Building CVC words without visuals/ letter prompts is a great activity for kinder and 1st graders.
CVC word freebies:
Danielle Fields's CVC Word Building
Sarah Mattera's CVC Word Building Center
Amanda's Little Learners' CVC Word Building Cards
Melissa Moran's Build a CVC Word Freebie
Tip: If you kiddos need visuals for matching the letters and can't build the CVC words independently, just write the letter into the box before you laminate them!
Letter sorting freebies:
Happy Little Kindergarten's Magnetic Letter Mats
The Eager Teacher's Letter Sorting Mats