Are you stuck at home like the rest of us these days? Do you happen to have a toddler or preschooler with you — one whom you’d love to keep teaching those crucial early childhood development skills, but who would really rather just watch Caillou videos all day? Ugh. We hear you. Luckily, free printables are available all over the internet that are fun, colorful, and educational for kids — especially these free coloring pages, ahead, which will help little learners get their ABCs down pat.
Educators remind us time and again that parents are a child’s first teacher, and it’s true. While this doesn’t mean you need to go full-on homeschooling (although recently, plenty of us have been tempted) or that you have to devote hours to teaching and coaching your little one on academics, every bit helps. Giving kids the opportunity to practice recognizing and sounding out letters while coloring them in can make them feel more comfortable as they learn to read — and can have positive effects long after they return to school. Learning letters at home will also help to instill a love of reading in your child, which we adult bookworms know is a gift they can enjoy for the rest of their life.
And as a bonus, these easy-peasy printables are a great way to keep the kids entertained when you need a few minutes to herself. We’ve put together basic printables for the whole alphabet, plus more detailed A-Z coloring sheets, for an afternoon of learning fun.
A version of this story was originally published in April 2017.